Obama draws a 'red line' in Syria conflict
Weighing options for U.S. involvement
- Duration 5:05
- Date Aug 21, 2012
Weighing options for U.S. involvement
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Buying a -- apparently.
In the sand on -- -- the president outlining for the first time.
The point at which the United States might intervene.
In the Blake conflict that's happening there pitting rebels against the dictator.
We have been very clear to the outside regime but also to.
On the ground.
A red line for us is.
We start saying.
A whole bunch chemical weapons moving around or being -- us that would change my calculus that would change my question.
Robin -- -- scholar at the Wilson Center and the US institute for peace is also the editor of the islamists are coming who they really are I've Robin.
What do you think we hear that that that's the Red Line for our country.
I absolutely the Obama administration has taken a very strong position.
In terms of showing -- the United States might get involved but there are other issues is also debating within the inner circle and there -- those include.
Do you tried to create a no fly zone.
In areas of Syria that would allow for humanitarian aid to the many thousands of people who are.
Trying to flee the areas of conflict particularly in the north.
Where it can consistently.
And constantly talking about this debate about intervention in Syria.
Is and then we talked a lot about in different Arab countries throughout this -- of spring that we've been watching when it comes a serious specifically though it's been eighteen months of this today.
What has that time cost us if you will as a country.
What risks are now.
I surfacing because we waited this long at least it say with the Red Line dance.
Well there's no really easy or.
Advantageous position for the united states of the west to take serious very different from Libya was it was a country with a very.
Small population a lot of oil wealth it could reconstruct.
And the international community stood as one in.
Taking on Moammar Qaddafi.
On Syria the international community is deeply divided Russia and China are opposed to any kind of intervention even to -- no fly zones and this is complicated.
The ability of the administration to step in on issues of genocide.
And in the meantime an estimated 20000 people -- died so the real challenge is how do you try to prevent genocide in the deaths of thousands of more as long as.
The regime of president Assad is still in power.
Without getting in -- in what it will be a much more complicated.
Military operation with Syria has 300000.
Military it has anti aircraft.
Technology that could make it the no fly zone very dangerous.
Or American aircraft he rightfully point out that every situation we've we've talked about in the Middle East in and you've -- as many times to talk about a few different countries.
Throughout this this Arab -- -- -- leave Syria firm moments as we continue to watch.
Was happening -- -- I would like to talk to about what's happening in.
There's a new government -- -- by the Muslim Brotherhood is in power there.
What are we seeing in Egypt what has an -- of spring really brought about there.
Well Egypt is still in transition and it's of course just as serious the most important countries -- strategically.
-- Egypt is the most important country politically because it is often said.
At the pace for political change or for making peace with Israel it is the trend setter.
And what it does as it tries to write a new constitution elect its first round of officials.
Will have enormous influence throughout the 22 nations of the Arab world.
It is it a state where the civilian institutions the presidency and what had been a parliament.
We're trying to balanced -- -- with the military kind of on the other side.
And the military -- initially took away some of the powers of the presidency and parliament.
Over the past two weeks you -- the president taking away some of the powers of the military and pushing aside the top.
Two military officials and this is a very interesting.
Period when other Muslim Brotherhood.
Under the spotlight isn't doing too much is it trying to -- -- -- society.
It still has a lot to prove in terms of its credentials in the eyes of the west.
-- TV -- TV and you can dvd if you well as far as as whether or not the country is going directly as he saved more Islamist verses.
You know another destiny.
Exactly and the issue of women's rights.
-- minority rights particularly among the 10% Christian population.
These will be critical issues.
As Egypt -- a new constitution.
We all tend to focus on elections as the determinant of what a new order will look like when it really.
Is the constitution and the laws that are created.
Very interesting sending we're gonna continue to watch Egypt of course whenever our great allies at one time in the region and wondering what our relationship will look like in the future.
Are brought -- it was nice to have you thank you for the time today.