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And welcome to FOX News Sunday panel -- -- Nina Easton Julie pace Jennifer Rubin and former senator.
Evan Bayh the big news -- -- the fact that for the second time in three days Israelis have.
Launched airstrikes against military targets inside Syria.
Apparently we don't know this for sure but apparently they were all advanced missiles that have been sent.
From Iran to this area and we're being shipped to Hezbollah.
The radical terrorist group on the on the northern border.
Of Israel and in Lebanon.
That crosses a red line for Israel and they decided to take out those missiles with a series of airstrikes over the last two days.
It's interesting because this all comes at a time when the president and top American officials are kind of wringing their hands about involvement and welcome we do -- and Syrian anti aircraft defenses and is usually seem to think if we got a problem take care of it.
They -- that they know what happens when you cross -- red line and -- they take action I mean it in the big question obviously facing this administration is what to do about the rebels do you support them or not.
And what's happened is so much time has passed two years and -- backed almost a year has passed since I'm Hillary Clinton.
Petraeus and Leon Panetta -- Defense Secretary at the time went to the president said look we've got to start bedding and supplying the good rebels.
Right because the rebels have increasingly been infiltrated by al-Qaeda linked.
Forces and people like Senator McCain say that's still a minority and you can still support.
And part of the rebels that you actually support US interest that that's still an opportunity that every day that passes.
It's you're gonna have the problem of his al-Qaeda linked forces shaping the opposition we we and the question isn't to me is -- we lost our abilities that the opposition.
You know there -- -- -- article the lead story in the New York Times today that says.
That the whole idea of the rat line was completely -- led by the president -- tour a -- White House correspondent for the moment.
But that it was basically outlet they knew they had to say something they were worried about the chemical weapons but the idea of a rat line -- game changer.
And all of a -- Charles not set up and therefore if the thresholds -- past that you have to respond.
But that was not something that anybody expected -- in the White House the president to say when he got up behind that podium one.
Do you think that's true and to -- How much -- -- wrestling with trying to figure out what to do.
Well I'm whether it's true or not you know I think the degree during the times I don't have that confirmed on my own -- -- certainly at that point though was a desire by the White House to see something.
You know it is interesting though that the president used that language he didn't have to use that language but now that he has.
They're obviously questions about what he's gonna -- and they seem to be laying the ground work at this point for sending some kind of weapons some kind of lethal aid to the rebels are starting to hear this.
Line from administration officials about how Al -- witches.
A group the rebels who has been designated by the US as a terrorist organization like Al and linked al-Qaeda is actually.
I've seen some of its gains reduced because of its links to al-Qaeda that people -- -- -- -- senior maybe we don't want to go in that direction and that I think is a very clear sign by the administration that they're trying to say you know.
Some of these extremist elements in the rebels media aren't as bad as we thought they were so will be OK for us event.
Provide weapons whether that's -- not -- See you know we've got this contrast now.
And I'm thinking if I'm gonna phrased as of a somewhat -- -- response by the administration.
Vs a very muscular response by the Israeli -- I'm not sure I mean on the one hand as a political matter we know that Americans really do not want to get involved in another war.
But that the it it it seems to me that there isn't dramatic contrast there between how the Israelis -- their problem and how we handle our prompt.
Well apparently there's one super power in the world it must be Israel because they're the only ones who stand up to terrorists to stand up to the Red Line I'm not sure which is scary.
That it was add -- or that we -- no -- apparently.
Obviously this is all being viewed from -- and if we either have no guidelines oil we will refuse to recognize them once they're crossed.
What message is that sending to Tehran and that's why I think this is on its own so devastated but more so because that the Iranian.
And what it -- to make clear everywhere what you're talking about here is the Iranian.
Nuclear program and we've said we will not allow them to develop a nuclear weapon.
Just like we said we won't allow us not to use chemical weapons if we step back in one case what we do in the other.
Exactly and as Senator McCain -- -- made that comment during the program.
It's really mislead the American people for our military leaders to stand up there and say we really do anything because of that fairy tight.
Anti missile anti aircraft system that those -- that that's really tough.
The Israelis have just you know gone in in two separate the poly to more.
That is just an excuse and unfortunately.
There's confidence in this administration but senator.
Former -- cable there and it at the Pentagon not exactly inspiring figure.
Certainly I Hillary Clinton inspired more confidence than does -- -- -- carry this is that the administration is simply in a political game to prevent the president from doing anything.
And that this is a highly politicized administration that they have politicized national security this goes to the -- Ghazi issue as well on and that we really do not have leadership and assistant sending a terrible message.
Not only to that part of the world.
But China and North Korea to other countries -- look on how does the American president react when a red line is probably.
On the other hand.
Senator -- I mean the fact is Israel has a lot more skin in this game than the US does -- mean they're right on the border -- by jobless Syria.
So what happens there has a much more existential.
Impact on -- on their future than what happens in Syria house and -- fifth.
That's exactly right crest and over our decision making -- the ghosts of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Where we learned that are trying to.
Get involved in the internal difficulties of other countries it's a fair amount of modesty is -- order and are thinking we can ultimately shape the end game and a lot of these places and what you have going on its Syria is really.
-- civil war.
And a broader conflict between Sunnis -- being fought out -- proxies there the Asad regime is likely to fall in the next year to -- an -- might have been able to -- that.
Maybe we -- refresh -- the character of the following -- a little bit but they're likely to have a multi year civil war a lot like happened in Lebanon a few years ago.
Here's the ethnic cleansing taking place and there's really not unfortunately a lot we can do about that kind of thing.
The bigger game and I do agree the reason for perhaps a more muscular response.
Trying to shape what's gonna go on -- could take its own course at this point but instead to let Iranians know that when it comes to their regular program we really do -- And they can't just go with -- impunity down the road for becoming a unity factor -- regular power and that might argue for taking out.
Some of the delivery systems and -- some of the things that might use to transport of weapons may be some of their air defense systems do some of that not because of what it's -- -- in Syria.
But because of what it was senator -- There's very informed observer but an outsider do you think that the -- Obama administration will do that and I don't know I think it's less likely than likely I think they'll choose instead to ship weapons to do some other things to -- augment what were already doing that -- ratcheted up a notch.
Yeah doubts it would John McCain was calling it incremental approach which he -- was just the wrong thing to do anyway.
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