What's next in Syria?
Former U.S. Ambassador Bill Richardson reacts
- Duration 5:52
- Date Sep 3, 2012
Former U.S. Ambassador Bill Richardson reacts
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-- minutes past the hour studio B and other world powers promised a massive and blistering attack that's a quote.
If the Syrian government ramps up its civil war by destroyed by deploying chemical weapons the French foreign minister of all people now says.
That it he's continuing talks with the other western nations including the United States about their response to the Syrian civil war.
Remember last month our president drew a line in the sand saying that -- are plans for possible military involvement would change.
If Syria uses or even moves.
They're potentially deadly chemical weapons president Obama's remarks came at the height of the election season of course.
That same week governor Romney said that if elected he'd send US troops to Syria.
To keep those weapons from falling into the wrong hands in the meantime the violence has reportedly reached a -- new milestone.
According to activist groups in country nearly 5000.
People were killed.
In series civil war during the month of August alone.
It's true -- is the highest one month death toll since the crisis started to unfold more than seventeen months ago.
The chief fox report correspondent Jonathan Hunt is that he's from New York City and Jonathan as a new United Nations envoy is taking over Kofi and then but he doesn't sound very optimistic either.
He certainly doesn't -- Lakhdar Brahimi is his name he's a welled -- traveled an Algerian diplomat he was one of those who fact.
I'm fact too -- about an end to the Lebanese Lebanese civil war back in 1990.
But it in into the BBC today he described bringing peace to Syria -- quote.
Nearly impossible and he went on to say and this is a quote.
I'm scared of the weight of the responsibility.
People are already saying -- people are dying what are you doing to help.
We are not doing much mister Brahimi also described himself -- standing in front of what he sees as a brick -- right now.
-- he said he is looking for cracks in that brick -- that might give him an opportunity but he is clearly.
Not very optimistic axle -- It doesn't sound like -- in in these presidential candidates both sides of political while neither sees me making much of an issue out of the Syrian conflict at all -- foreign policy in general is largely absent from this campaign and Syria in particular this is interesting we had our researchers go back -- And look at all the RNC speeches from last week.
Two mentions of Syria during the entire week one from Senator John McCain you see him that the other -- former secretary of state.
Condoleezza Rice -- mentioned Syria briefly talking more generally about leadership.
And on the campaign trail last week a -- again according to our researchers President Obama made not a single.
Mention all of Syria but of course foreign policy is that kind of area that can very easily.
Bring about the so called October surprise that -- Cameron reference just a short time ago so it could yet play a major role particularly.
If those chemical weapons do come into use in any way shape or form in serious yet.
-- Jonathan -- with us from New York Jonathan thank -- -- former US ambassador to the United Nations is -- here in Charlotte now also the former governor New Mexico Bill Richardson -- good to see -- Thanks to be with you -- It sounds as if they're now.
Mowing over parts of cities with tanks etc.
And the world stands by and.
Think what you're seeing though is increased recognition that the world has to do more that it's -- marine life.
Equipment to the rebels is going to be more communications equipment it's going to be may be shifting from nonlethal to lethal.
I mean the president and I -- -- said -- Syria starts using chemical weapons all bets -- off in terms of using.
Weapons small weapons to help the rebels now I don't think governor Romney's solution makes sense and that is to send American troops.
We don't need another Iraq and Afghanistan this a very serious situation but you have to weigh what has US presence do.
To the Syrian opposition did it that might hurt them the population there doesn't want it but at the same time we've got to stand behind.
Those people that are getting killed I think what Turkey and Saudi Arabia need to do is open up.
Some humanitarian quarters.
The international community has to tighten sanctions but anything at the UN I can tell you it's tough because you've got Russia and China be -- Any initiative.
Tighten the sanctions so you know we're in a quandary but.
I think the best development.
-- is I see the internal process in Syria.
Against the side I think he's losing support this people are leaving him.
What that that are leaving them they're leaving the country I mean you read in the major newspapers across the country over the weekend.
That people are having as they come in -- over -- towns they're going to the border into refugee -- camps across the border Jordan and other places.
And dropping off their families come back to fight.
Well but his top people -- top generals you're seeing -- you're seeing his army.
Question and then you're seeing the -- lead they're saying.
You know this thing may not go on much longer.
That's the internal erosion what's he won -- -- -- that we don't hear about every day well what's happening is that is that you're seeing a lot of internal dissent within his cabinet.
Within his parliament within his supporters.
His friends like the Russians and Chinese especially the Russians getting a little -- and saying hey you've got to do something you can't just keep.
Mowing people down and not starting talks with the rebels I think you're seeing that pressure increased.
And what we need to do is with -- Russia and China is convincing.
That they're the big backers of a losing effort.
We have been eluded it -- tough it's tough governor thank you thank you for.
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