Is Syria going from bad to worse?
KT McFarland weighs in on the blast near Damascus hotel that was used by the UN
- Duration 7:27
- Date Aug 15, 2012
KT McFarland weighs in on the blast near Damascus hotel that was used by the UN
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Strong -- ridiculous to me.
Worrying I guess -- -- you have fallen media host of Defcon three as you well known -- -- national security analysts.
Casey -- Big developments again in Syria today.
We had this on the -- the hotel in Damascus where he's used by the so called UN observers who have not observed anything hasn't left the hotel rooms for the last month or so.
And now we're hearing about a major strike in the northern town of -- Local don't too that this sends extraordinary from one that's right no local doctors saying.
Eighteen people killed a 150.
Wounded were also hearing seven Lebanese hostages who have being.
Held -- -- -- wounded obviously as usual we can't confirm at any of those figures out of Syria would dependent on people that telling us and that's what that's saying.
But it would go from bad to worse on what -- you know -- inside.
Myanmar and it gets much worse after -- now we've almost become numb to yet another story and other mass murder and and killings and and Syria but I think once or fissile believes terrorists killed.
Because I don't think he's gonna leave my -- aside it's killed and I think they're real fighting begins because.
What you seen in them and you've seen in the last couple weeks is every one of the countries involved or any in the region have their own successor kind of in mind -- own.
Guy -- defected from the military defected from the inner circle.
Where is abroad and is gonna come back to Syria -- cutter hasn't sound Saudi hasn't sound Turkey has this on.
And I think that the reports today -- yesterday.
That out at that Hezbollah.
Is training militia EO of the Iranian client Hezbollah is training militia.
That are pro -- militia now we know that they've been training and working alongside.
Of the Syrian military even if they're now training militia findings are lining themselves up for the post assigned.
Multi party civil war that -- Yeah we heard this from it's a good defense Panetta yes hey and that general Dempsey that they have very concerned about Iran's -- learned growing role -- and then also on the on the UV we heard what we hear every five minutes -- seems to me from.
The former prime minister now defected.
-- -- regime is collapsing the centers in his current US officials say it every week.
Yeah but it's -- -- -- slowly you know.
Well -- that.
I think it's several things one and get our -- as it is now.
When aside does collapse does leave it gets worse.
The other thing is that some countries and I don't.
And I've heard and I had no confirmation resources really to speculation he -- some of the countries in the region -- Saudi Arabia have.
To have thought well you know if there's going to be just -- up.
It seems here yeah dominant be in my neighborhood be because one former ambassador told -- that serious now like the bar scene and a Star Wars movie.
Where -- I had my -- every killer and terrorist and she got AM.
Extortionist has now come in the Syrian -- -- him.
And that they're all getting ready for even more Jihad -- -- -- out of why do we care we care because -- could -- right.
And -- Israel -- elaborate on win here aren't in yet the issues with the Lebanon.
Saudi Arabia just hoarded all of its citizens to leave -- yeah I can get out of there as well as there -- -- -- Sachs has utilized as -- terrorist group or reining in organized lead sponsor fits in southern Lebanon.
And then -- we'll have an is the Lebanese government but the saudis are saying get out.
To their own people because they think.
Lebanon could be next and you Jordan has a likely candidate for being next and then last starts happening.
There's there's ethnic group called the Kurds seniority -- and there and eleven I mean -- and Syria.
-- in Turkey Syria Iran and Iraq and they have for years I -- they have been.
Wanting to be that free people of -- ever -- so.
That might start bubbling up now why do we really care what can lessen the Middle East is not good stimulus is not it's not -- and it's not good for.
Our interest in keeping terrorists at bay it's not good for Israel and it's not good and the greater sense for the free flow -- -- it.
Above eight -- is a very.
Worrying time for what's going on the kind of easy to look away from it well while we're talking -- chains and shackles and -- -- And all of that -- -- it's every single person should be watching this and very worried about it.
Worried about what we're doing -- we're doing the right thing.
Do you think -- playing this correctly at the moment in terms of you know no fly zone no weapons the rebels logistical support and we try to find out who they are.
-- you know what Jonathan I like to talk about a lot of things on an issue like that I would but indicated he didn't McFarland because I you what I -- what they do.
Believe is that there is no single right answer I you know and I think that.
The illusion that Americans like to have about we have some sort of control over anything hatteras somewhere in the world.
You know what sometimes we just -- you know and there's a limited amount we can -- -- -- limited resources -- we can risk.
There's down sides to every one of these kinds of scenarios that you can play out if we should be doing as well yeah I think what you don't know is that behind the scenes this group has got -- -- that you know we've got an agreement with somebody.
And you don't know enough -- -- place I don't feel like I know enough.
Who's to say well I think what we should be doing this this is what I did I did -- I don't know and I -- -- it isn't and I -- -- -- nobody -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- As they do doesn't.
You know I'm gonna give us and we got to get involved militarily in Syria we have to -- -- -- on what happens if you're stuck in airports has been -- to -- -- word are we gonna back -- back and in this -- -- civil -- do we really want Democrats they were somebody else.
I look at Syria.
Why is it's so heavily armed and what -- the interest for the United States we care about their chemical weapons -- if -- chemical weapons are not destroyed where they fall into the hands of al-Qaeda bad guys you know in the bars and Star Wars.
Where -- they end up what we did see with Libya.
He where we didn't we never secured Qaddafi is weapons -- -- large case of small weapons to shoulder fired missiles where they showing up.
Showing up all the Middle East right now.
What we want to make sure we do from the United States pick and again I care about my country I -- I know it's a great human tragedy but what's best for my country make sure those chemical weapons don't.
Go walking somewhere either in -- -- about bad guys or other countries could use them against us or our allies.
Secondly don't get involved in the middle somebody else's civil war if you're not prepared to fight all the way through the finish and I don't think we are doing we don't want -- -- a woman and Italy's.
So what can you do what you are we so you'll be in the middle and we sure -- -- about -- the last I surely is an analyst somebody else's civil war where -- -- going to fight to the finish.
-- could we do humanitarian assistance what can we do work with our allies in the region to make sure that as far as possible the situation is contained.
Can we train -- I don't think we wanna have -- our military guys on the ground we can give them supplies and all the rest but just think about what happened in Afghanistan.
We get a lot of military equipment to the Afghan rebels who -- fighting the Soviets and a whole lot of money and a whole lot of money and -- -- that's being used now you know that's being used against our own troops in Afghanistan itself.
But foreign policy and that kind of separate -- during military as a first -- -- -- Right now I'm -- he says I agree -- KT.
And we Griffin 57 says the US can't control everything thank you mr.
rice so thank you both -- --