International pressure builds against Syrian regime
Growing fears about use of chemical weapons
- Duration 5:41
- Date Dec 7, 2012
Growing fears about use of chemical weapons
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-- hours an international pressure.
Is mounting against the aside regime in Syria amid fears that they could use chemical weapons there's evidence that they have.
Loaded weapons with.
Serin gas the US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has issued this warning now to Syria's leaders process.
There will be consequences.
If the Asad regime.
Makes a terrible mistake.
By using these chemical weapons on their own people.
I'm not gonna speculate or comment.
When what those potential consequences would be.
But I think it's fair enough to say that.
-- use of those weapons would cross -- -- books.
This is really gone to a whole new level now and it's.
-- just saying I guess to note that it was exactly a year ago today that in an interview.
President aside told ABC's Barbara Walters this quote.
No government in the world kills its people unless it is led by a crazy person.
The charges are that Bashar Al Assad has already killed some 45000.
Syrians on the ground in the middle of this battle.
John Bolton joins me now former US ambassador to the United Nations at a Fox News contributor.
This as I said ambassador Bolton -- feels like it's it's going to a new level.
In terms of that red line that Leon Panetta talks about.
It is it -- the canisters is it moving them into place where exactly does the Red Line happened do you think.
Well it's unclear and I think part of the reason these threats by the administration don't have credibility is -- previous red lines have already been crossed moving the agent.
And I think -- -- situation.
He's very close to seeing the end of his regime so if the choice for him is.
Death at the hands of the opposition or using chemical weapons.
Threats by outsiders really are not gonna sway him that much.
I mean when you look back to the Clinton administration and Hillary Clinton's obviously very much involved in these discussions here.
President Clinton has said that allowing the genocide happen -- -- was one of his greatest failures.
We know that the president has spent some time with Bill Clinton recently.
How what is your sense of how potent this is for President Obama.
And whether or not he would take the step of taking out these facilities before this could happen.
Well I think we've obviously known about the threat of Syria's chemical weapons capability for a long time and this conflict has been going on now getting close to two years.
So we're a little bit late in the game to finally be worried about what might happen and and in fact there's actually a bigger risk in my view it's gonna be a tragedy if the weapons are used against the opposition in Syria.
But the potential for an even larger tragedy exist if the opposition gets hold of these chemical weapons the terrorist elements -- the opposition.
And sends them outside Syria where they could be used by terrorist around the world.
So the threat although our immediate focus is the risk inside Syria I don't think we can -- fact I think America's focus ought to be that threat expanding worldwide.
So now we know that these weapons exist as you say we've known for sometime we know that they've been loaded.
I mean you know do we know where they are and how likely is it given what you're saying that they're just so dangerous to have.
Out there in the world and possibly -- the wrong hands.
How likely is it that week that there's a strike on this area.
Well let's let's look at what America's principal entry should be and that's making sure these weapons don't get -- even worse hands in there and now I think you'd have to look at.
What we could do to destroy the weapons in place.
Where we know where they are I think part of the problem and why the risk here is rising as that is the threat to -- sides regime has grown.
Moore has been going on and I think our intelligence as to exactly where this stuff is now.
But but that that I think goes to the question of having waited too long.
Let let's not forget this is very dangerous material will be very dangerous to Americans trying to go in on the ground the secured or destroyed or taken out of the country so we've got our own.
That's people's safety to worry about as well.
What what would be that we -- Hillary Clinton had dead talks with the Russian prime minister yesterday about this the Russians have been very negative and critical of our stance in all of this basically say that we shouldn't be meddling in this is really not our affair.
What kind of coalition discussion will be need to built in order to to say yeah we're we're going in and we're gonna take these these facilities -- -- contain these gases.
Well I think the discussion with the Russians has been primarily had to get aside out of the country now they've resisted that for two years they may finally have decided the time has come but I think in terms of dealing with the chemical weapons.
That it would be done with NATO participation.
Think we would need the cooperation of Jordan I think we've been working on that certainly Israel is very concerned about the spread of these.
Weapons but but part of the problem is that it's not an either or worse situations here in other words it's not.
Either side stays in power or the opposition takes over he may also be calculating.
That the country itself is gonna fall apart and he's moving these weapons.
To protect and -- white -- enclave and and the possible disintegration of central government rule in Syria.
-- Lot going on.
And there's word that were trying to figure out what would if you -- fall you know who would replace him how how would you shore things up if indeed that happened this this is that a problem for ten years we have -- identified those kinds of leaders ambassador -- thank you very much.
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