Report: Intel shows Syria moving chemical weapons components
Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton weighs in
- Duration 7:36
- Date Dec 3, 2012
Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton weighs in
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Fox News alerts if frightening developments out of Syria at this hour we are hearing reports that the regime has begun moving chemical weapons.
A senior defense official quoted as saying the activity started in just the last few days.
And seconds ago a strong warning directly from the White House welcome to America live everyone I'm Megyn Kelly.
Earlier today secretary of state Clinton publicly warned Bashar Assad's regime not to use chemical weapons on their own people.
Or the United States will be forced to act.
This comes after a week and terrible violence in Syria.
This is video we received on Saturday.
Small towns being bombarded by government mortars and missiles -- sending innocent families women and small children who once again.
Running for their lives.
A short time ago the United Nations announced it is withdrawing all nonessential personnel from that country as the possible threat of chemical warfare.
It stands for -- it's.
Along with an active chemical weapons program Syria has ballistic missiles to spread the deadly gas.
It is believed to be one of the world's largest programs.
According to the CIA the regime has vast amounts of mustard gas Sarin nerve agent and cyanide all designed to cause painful that.
This from the White House briefing moments ago.
As the opposition makes strategic advances and grows in strength.
The Assad regime has been unable to halt the opposition's progress through conventional means and we are concerned.
That in an increasingly beleaguered.
Regime having found its escalation of violence through conventional means inadequate might be considering the use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people -- as the president has said.
Any use or proliferation.
Of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime would cross a red line for the United States.
Joining me now John Bolton former US ambassador to United Nations at a Fox News contributor ambassador welcome back.
This situation is used to be going from bad to worse in Syria and -- aside continues the massacre of his own people and now we are supposed to believe.
As things -- continue spiraling downward in that nation that we.
What we're supposed to trust and that he won't do it as as he feels his grip on power loosening.
Well it's entirely possible that aside would use chemical weapons especially if he thinks it's that or the collapse of his regime.
There there are other less threatening explanations he's just moving the weapons -- the agent out of range of the opposition -- -- Preparing for -- on -- strategy if the country itself falls apart.
But you know the United States and western options are kind of difficult here -- if if aside does begun begin to use the chemical agent.
Are people on the ground would be at risk and it's it's hard to see exactly what the administration is planning so whether it's threat.
And I actually moves aside the changes policy is it's hard to judge at this point.
Look at this look at these children running year running for their lives and we've seen this.
I mean I I'm.
I'm just disgusted by how many times you've seen this and that's important but it won't report about a child being tortured to death in Syria.
Children children are being tortured.
And and killed by this regime.
And -- and now we've had al-Qaeda ex exploiting the power vacuum and doing killing of its own.
Now you got reports that debt.
There are quote worrying signs of activity when it comes to these chemical weapons in the last few days.
And you tell me what the United States is gonna do it this lunatic is about to.
Unleash serin nerve gas on these kids.
That well of course.
We had seen regimes in the Middle East used chemical weapons against their own people Saddam Hussein used -- against the Kurds in Iraq Amnesty International has reported.
Years ago that Hafez Al Assad Bashar Al -- father.
Used chemical weapons in the Hamas massacre some decades ago so again it's not at all surprising and I have to say the administration.
Must have pretty concrete intelligence that side is doing things that make it possible for him.
To use these weapons but is as you also indicated the opposition's record on.
Human rights violations isn't exactly sterling and I would worry that if they get their hands on the chemical weapons.
At least some of -- the al-Qaeda sympathizers in particular might use them.
In Syria or might take them away for terrorist use elsewhere so it is a very very dangerous situation -- no doubt about.
Right there's fewer and fewer and fewer noble players over there it started as you know sort of real people who didn't want to be under this man's -- In every manner of their lives anymore but it's become something very different as as al-Qaeda and other terrorist -- -- sought to take advantage of the of the unrest there ambassador.
Could we do I mean if we really think he's about to use chemical weapons and maybe not today made it -- tomorrow.
But if we're getting this concerned about it and were saying that's a red line that was Hillary Clinton's term.
What does that mean.
Well four American options.
I think they're actually fairly limited and they're all dangerous that one is to destroy the chemical weapons in place.
Whether through aerial attack or were a special operations forces on the ground that obviously puts people at risk it's not easy to destroy this agent -- these weapons.
The other would be to try and capture supplies of the weapons and get them out of the country that's also very dangerous in the middle of the the civil war.
So it's a it's a very Dicey proposition for the United States and I believe other.
NATO countries in neighboring states like Turkey and Jordan that that may be involved as well very late to be worrying about this at this point what have.
NATO I mean this this -- to be something that would get the attention of the international community and not just America.
Well I think the Turks are already very worried the Jordanians and Israelis as well I think in cooperation with France and Britain and perhaps other NATO countries we have clearly been.
Planning for contingency operations and it may simply be that whatever it is that the administration is uncovered about what his side is doing.
With his chemical weapons stockpiles were at the point where a decision is gonna have to be made I mean if -- -- really that worried.
I don't think we should wait until -- start using them we have to consider doing something to prevent their use because.
If he unleash his chemical weapons against the opposition.
And he eventually follows the prospects of an opposition bloodbath which are already very high I think become overwhelming.
Before I -- out just it just to reiterate you don't think that the -- side is.
Incapable of this -- you believe he's capable of it because -- -- of the torture we've we've gotten reports on you know the bodies lined up one after the other people with their arms tied behind their back.
Just murdered in cold blood in and children nine year -- being shot ahead as it their parents watch and then.
Other children need to watch as their parents -- are murdered in front of them and babies I mean the reports -- an on air too gruesome for 1 PM eastern time ambassador but.
-- -- viewers know you believe this man is capable of unleashing chemical weaponry weaponry on his own people.
Oh absolutely I don't think he would hesitate if he thought it was that or the end of his regime in his end as well I think it would be second nature to on.
Ambassador Bolton thanks for being here.