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Big news here because the ground may be shifting for US involvement in Syria's civil war.
The White House is considering upping our ante and now sending lethal aid.
As well as nonlethal way that we -- sending to the rebels but this comes less than 24 hours after the president seemed to raise the bar.
For any kind of military intervention listen to -- us.
If I can establish.
In a way that.
Not only the United States but also the international community.
Feel confident is the use of chemical weapons by the outside -- Then that is a game changer because what that.
Portends is potentially even more devastating attacks on civilians.
Washington US military action -- game changer I mean that we.
Have to rethink.
The range of options.
That are available to us.
Hours yesterday at the news conference I'm joined now by Christian white -- Former State Department senior advisor and principal now IDC international advisory Christian walk -- We -- between -- tea leaves for us on that one -- -- what do you think that met by the president yesterday.
What's it worth it means that in fact will do nothing -- mean they're they're trial balloons that are being thrown out there that will.
Aid that we've been given completely divorce really from the war effort.
And throw in some additional things maybe body armor may -- night vision goggles who knows maybe.
Munitions but in reality what the president dead who was -- from the Red Line of the usage of chemical weapons which has already happened in Syria.
To basically a situation where we need consensus from the international community.
But that really exists only in the minds of policy wonks in Ph.D.s in a fact that the president is creating an impossible hurdle.
To doing more so I think the take away for.
Those involved in the Syrian conflict in our adversaries and allies around the -- that the US really isn't going to have much of a role in this war.
You you know we've gone from that moment where we watch President Obama say look chemical weapons -- would be a -- -- should point out.
To now this new wants to version which you also just planned -- I wanna highlight again.
That basically what that means is if we can determine beyond a shadow of the doubt that chemical weapons -- is in effect and we can rally the international community to that thinking as well.
And they would be with us on it then we might consider raising.
Our commitment in a more lethal way of aid to these rebels right.
Right you know I think our allies have to be terrified and you know as in life it is with state craft you shouldn't go around.
Acting like a Clint Eastwood if in fact you are a Judy Garland.
Or Shirley Temple you know you can't go and say things like that describe things -- unacceptable.
And then accept them without sending a signal and this isn't just pertinent to Syria pertains to Iran and its nuclear program.
It pertains to North Korea and the possibility it might invade South Korea -- strike Japan.
All of those adversaries have to know now that they can.
-- -- have to presume that they can get away with a great deal because of this redefinition.
There's talks that are pending with -- with Vladimir Putin John Kerry's going over to talk to them as well.
What do expect to come out of that.
But again very little the problem is the president really hasn't describe what US interest there are in -- there have to be -- the president did come out.
Years ago now and say -- -- had to go but hasn't describe what we wanna do.
How will do what US interest sorrow and there are in fact alternatives to.
Invading or bombing the country the problem is absent that I don't see a whole lot of movement from Russia and Russia.
Has an ally in the side regime that has naval bases in Syria and it doesn't like seeing the number of countries that are.
Friendly to the US or at least not hostile to the US multiplies so.
Again that international community consensus the president describes its dependence on Russia they have a Vito at the UN.
And I just don't think they're going to there's no sort of magical mixture of words that's going to change the way Russia's -- these past couple years.
Now this is any solace -- to the families of 70000 people more than that probably who have been.
Killed on the ground in Syria is this whole thing continues to to -- while in the worst possible way.
Christian thank you we we've just scratched the surface but we will meet again thank you very much for being here.
Thank you -- there.
Christian -- to author of the forthcoming book Smart power between diplomacy.
And war and boy there's a lot -- in between those two things that we can perhaps perhaps take advantage of and Syria putting.
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