Impact of Syrian conflict on region
How should US respond to crisis?
- Duration 6:20
- Date Dec 10, 2012
How should US respond to crisis?
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Right now the civil war in Syria have really is raging on all fronts on the battlefield the rebels making some new games are so we hear from some of -- amateur video that we're watching.
Capturing parts of another large army base in the country's north.
And increasing their control of an area -- right near Turkey and the fighting is also spilling over into 119 and here's a Nazi content see how the solve working out.
There's an intense fighting right now in eleven dining gun battles are breaking out in the city of Tripoli there we have reports of at least seventeen killed.
In the meantime more members of the regime are jumping ship nine Syrian judges and prosecutors defecting to the opposition.
For the government's biggest ally.
Or one of their -- allies is standing fast -- rush is saying today it rejects any outside interference on dealing with serious political future adding to the danger of all of this.
-- anti American extremists groups now playing a bigger role an uprising joining me now general Jack.
Retired four star general former vice chief of staff of the army and a Fox News military analyst at general -- 21 months and we hear now their red line -- been drawn.
If there's the use of chemical weapons.
Will why what is the or what if aside -- -- use chemical weapons now.
Well -- certainty that he takes that's it that threat very -- what is that -- you know that first of all that there is there's no specifics associated with a and quite frankly he knows United States sit on the sidelines -- watching this thing.
He he recognizes that we're not a major influence among the rebels and rebels are very frustrated with with the United States.
He'll make a decision not having anything to do with the United States as to whether he wants to use weapons -- If we names the consequence whatever that would be do you think that would impact his decision.
And what's he's gonna do next at all I don't think so and so we power -- Bill.
I knew we can -- but I don't think it would stop him from -- and we can react to what he does certainly.
But the fact of the matter is he has those weapons.
Let's face it to do with Israel -- -- for -- -- to preserve his regime.
And and if he believes -- -- -- threatened to a point where he's not gonna survive and he still has an opportunity to influence -- using those weapons I think we have to assume that it would.
Let's pull up that Mac if we can again as we take a look at the region there because it's not just about Syria the story is -- -- you even know we've we've focused specifically highlighted.
It's about we can legally the map but it's a message for the entire region.
In general you know what do you think is the message to the region -- left one month's end and we have and we haven't done anything well.
The longer this takes the worse it gets because.
You have other people influences of so this spill over Lebanon we already seen in Turkey -- already been some spillover in in in Israel.
And we can expect some probably in Jordan occurs would be involved at some point and you have the radicals.
The jihadist who -- gaining in influence as the months go by they were initially about 1% in the rubble forced.
Now erupted seven plus percent of it they're -- -- -- -- 6101000.
A little clip that you use.
That was a jihadist taken at face there they're the most aggressive and the most experienced fighters now in that rebel force what kind of -- -- -- has asked.
Well I think there's a serious -- here because.
They'll fight to maintain some kind of control of this regime in -- post dishonor they don't do that do they could easily just go to eastern Syria -- the Islamic.
And and from that base of operations launch.
You terrorist operations not only in Syria but in the region that they're going to be a real challenge for us.
General -- if you could.
Do anything hit the power to say this is what our policy is going to be to Syria this is the action we need to take right now militarily.
What would it be polite.
For some time that we should have been providing lethal ways to Free Syrian Army but no more moderates to -- -- military leaders who have we're fighting.
On -- side of the rebels and you feel comfortable trusting them.
Yes and I think you.
Look at we're gonna pick someone is in some losers but if you sit on offense should guarantee that you're not gonna have a seat at the table the end if you get involved.
Then you can have a -- influence also.
Would have put impersonal flies only shut down -- air power which would have brought this thing the completion.
A long time gold in the jihadist influence would not have grown to the statement soon and we would not have had as much spill over as we're about a -- -- advocated no fly zone now would be relative and still sure okay it brings it to a completion so that sending more watching seriously get your quick thoughts on this story that came out there were.
First learned about last night about a navy seal killed.
A during this hostage rescue in Afghanistan at an American -- there working for a nonprofit.
Mourn his death and think about -- Stanley today and I'm just wondering if you can offer little insight because we don't talk a lot about Afghanistan right now about.
Why why the -- to be sent in for this mission mission.
What kind of strategic importance potentially that could have been too lax -- when when that that.
That call been made why would have been me.
You'll suddenly a new seal.
Is part of seal team six on delta -- -- lead to the united states military and I'm sure he was doing exactly what he wanted to do with the team members that he has some.
-- he's truly here -- every sense of the word as our troops who.
Final regular basis in fact -- amount of I don't think this is a tough call.
Minute we have a doctor there US citizen to non government effort that takes place in Afghanistan is very important to our success.
And they had probably pretty good fix -- worry was they thought they could get in there and get out.
And -- and so -- rescue him and with the loss of life these things are challenging.
Remember when after the British journalist.
Absolutely and we tried to get her and we actually -- During the course of that action she was killed tragically.
So I think we have these opportunities are taken by the -- we know what's gonna happen to them over the period of time.
And we got good good intelligence on I think we should act penalty was a tough call for.
-- reminder that we're at war.
And when -- were there are risks and it's something that we have to remind yourself as he had tens of thousands of troops over there now hi Jen looking Ecstasy as always -- -- an inside job.