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-- -- -- -- A lot to talk about way the former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton.
Ambassador great to have you here as always.
As we finished with -- agenda on the chemical weapons issue that well let's let's stop there if you don't mind.
He did there is some skepticism about this this Israeli report.
It seems to me that we have an issue here of Walt.
The definition of a chemical weapon is and that gives that gives the Obama administration's of wiggle -- sadly it gives president a sad -- -- wiggle -- -- seems to -- well I think the Obama administration clearly is nervous that having set a red line on the -- -- use of chemical weapons if they're confronted with clear and convincing evidence he's crossed the Red -- the question will be what what are you gonna -- of them and they don't want to do anything about it.
The definition of a chemical weapon I think is actually fairly easy it's a chemical weapon is as defined by the chemical weapons convention and -- aside his use something that violates that convention that makes that -- that on that.
That's the difficult point because that kid that sort of substance is the chemicals that couldn't.
Produced some of the reactions that we -- for instance in the attack in limpopo province on March 19.
It could be tear gas.
Eight could be -- -- for us.
None of which are really -- the article one of the chemical weapons convention.
Or are Rondo or our top -- chemical weapons and that's where the wiggle room comes.
And it seems to me well the argument is whether some chemicals are being used as weapons of war that would not otherwise be prohibited from but the fact is if you could have evidence of what the substances.
I think the forensic -- could figure out what was being used from that I have a harder problem with that I had nothing good to say about the aside regime don't get me wrong I think they're fully capable of using chemical weapons and I have to say this if if I felt that I words such dire straits I had to resort.
The chemical warfare I'd use -- -- massive romance I wouldn't dribble it out a little bit here a little bit is that is -- is there a chance in Aden in terms if you -- to use your phrase dribbling it out.
Is there is there a possibility the president has -- is sort of just seeing how far he can push the boundaries win.
The international community that -- far you can go without any sort of greater intervention it's possible -- -- certainly the risks are very high there and I think if the opposition thinks that indeed chemical weapons are being used and that's what they've said.
They've got to bring in some evidence and they will face a skeptical Obama administration so it needs to be.
Pretty convincing evidence -- you'll view.
If this proved to be if it Sarin gas it's one thing that's it by everybody's definition.
A ban the chemical weapons if if on the other hand.
It's tear gas that'd be of that is being used in an offensive manner or -- white phosphorus which has been used in the past -- the US military.
Doesn't solve a smokescreen -- -- -- it is one of those would you say.
That should be defined as use of a chemical weapon and we should take action.
-- I would I would confided to the definition of the chemical weapons convention we lose but your guess is well we use white -- the issue is whether it's being used in the military context and -- position has long been this is law enforcement.
And so so maybe the administration didn't think through its red line carefully enough that wouldn't be the first time.
But but that the issue is can you find the evidence evidence so far I don't think anybody's presented evidence.
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