Syria preparing to use chemical weapons?
White House warns of crossing 'red line'
- Duration 4:39
- Date Dec 4, 2012
White House warns of crossing 'red line'
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-- fifteen -- strong warning now for Syria.
President Obama warning president Bashar -- that the world is watching and that there will be consequences.
If the regime uses chemical weapons.
This after US satellite surveillance of serious chemical -- -- show that government forces getting ready for chemical weapons for use including the possibility of nerve gas.
Ambassador John Bolton studied this topic for decades former you have US ambassador to the UN and now -- -- -- good morning you do.
Good morning bill I want to get to the specifics of what we think it's happening in Syria in a moment.
But why the warning from the White House now what changed.
Well -- this is not the first time that they've warned about aside using chemical weapons but the timeliness of that of the recent warning I think it's because aside.
Has suffered a number of significant military setbacks and the picture that's that's beginning to emerge and series this may be close to the end of his regime and if that's accurate.
I think our intelligence services are concerned that with the prospect did.
Defeat and a bloodbath against that in itself -- -- -- -- that that might be a motive for aside and get ready to use the chemical weapons and I think that.
It causes the heard this season -- -- the suggestion that Jay Carney made yesterday from the White House that the opposition is gaining.
Traction in this now.
And mail -- easily prevail.
That that seems to be the direction -- might be other explanations as well but side wants to keep the weapons out of the hands of the opposition that he's moving them.
Two and -- enclave where he may take refuge if he loses Damascus but but in any -- that it shows that the conflict I think maybe moving to a different level.
Let me get to one point here mr.
ambassador and are sure viewers on the screen the region over -- Syria -- the the court the country in question now.
But you have Turkey which has been watching this border here the southern -- Syria for some time further to the east it's Iraq and there's.
Long been suspicion that the airwaves between our over Iraq into Syria that is helping to resupply the government there.
-- I'm just here to the southwest and of course Israel below that.
And then Jordan to a lesser degree to the south there as well the point you make about these weapons possibly falling into the hands of the wrong people.
In this neighborhood.
What concerns you the most.
Well Syria has a very large supply of chemical weapons and chemical agent at least that's our judgment not not to mention biological weapons and possible.
Nuclear programs together with a rod so if these chemical.
Weapons -- to fall into the hands of the terrorist elements the al-Qaeda.
-- elements among the opposition to risk would be not only that they could be used in the conflict in Syria.
But that they might migrate to other places in the Middle East and around the world and in the hands of terrorists these chemical weapons.
Really would be weapons of terror so I think that's got to be a grave concern for the United States and its NATO allies not just be used in Syria which would obviously be.
A very very bad but what might happen to them around the world wonder how difficult that would be to track him and look at the weapons that went out of Libya I mean who knows where they went a lot of people -- they went.
Straight to Gaza that now the New York Times is reporting that Russia.
It is no longer supporting -- and Syria.
If that it's true what would that mean.
Well I'll I'll believe that when I see it look I think the Russians have a lot at stake here today they may want to try and -- aside himself out of power.
But I don't think there's any evidence of a shift in the basic Russian view that they want -- regime in Syria it's favorable to their interest that helps them keep that naval base on the Mediterranean.
Bank keeps them very much dominant in Syrian affairs so that we heard these reports before they've never materialized as I sales believe this from one got you okay two more points to make here we do not know what it's God's intentions are.
That's correct -- -- is there any history.
That shows that he has use weapons like this or his father in the past again well his own people.
There -- lot of reports that his father did use chemical weapons and the massacre and Hamas some decades ago.
But we know Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons against the Kurds so.
I don't put it at all beyond the realm of the feasible that a -- seeing himself in a desperate.
Would resort to them and in the last ditch and I think that's where we made -- okay mr.
ambassador thank you something to watch it went to a whole new level.
As of now John Bolton in Washington thanks thank you mark.