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You know I was just bringing up Senator McCain and there are other critics of the administration's handling of of moving.
In any way shape or form that people in Syria and whom do you help you side with the rebels known and so forth.
There's business discussion that our administration doesn't fact know the chemical weapons have been used on people there what.
-- do we have and what does that add to the equation.
You know the chemical weapons issue for me is a secondary one.
I realize the president's own personal credibility is on the line because he talked about a red line.
It chemical weapons were used but I think his options for handling that.
Are not that hard to come up with he may or may not elect to use any of them I think -- probably should but he could do for example a very limited cruise missile strike.
Against whatever Syrian army unit we determined was behind the majority of the chemical weapons attacks and that he could say that -- You know that's a deterrent to any further use and I've done enough to honor my life so I would I would advocates something.
Like that but I don't think that's -- particularly hard.
Question relative to the bigger wide of what we do about the fact that -- it's starting to win this war again.
And that our policy.
Saying that he's no longer the legitimate -- Syria going back to 2011.
-- first announced that.
Is -- And that of course also nearly a 100000 Syrians have now lost their lives in this ongoing struggle which is headed for either stalemate.
Or for a possible side win based on current battlefield dynamics that that's the big heart problem as you point out.
It's not easy to know what to do about it because the insurgency is so fractured and Americans are tired of war.
But still I think we need to think much more fundamentally -- just about the chemical weapons issue.
Isn't anyone listening on our live chat that's their handle is asking and I sort of spoke about this before.
Where are the rebels getting their weapons Hezbollah the terror group in Lebanon which has had wars with Israel and I mean we've identified them as such.
A terror group.
Is known to be giving some weaponry some training to the governmental troops what does that mean in this whole thing.
Well I think you're right to race has a lot because what you're starting to see is that there's this Syria and army or what's left of it but it's still -- fairly substantial piece of the original Syrian army.
It's probably well over a 100000 people -- about that which is still relatively cohesive.
Especially among the minorities the -- -- in particular.
Because they are scared to death of what would happen if that's not was overthrown scared of what what happened to that.
They're probably be a large scale -- -- against anybody's seen as having supported a side.
And that in terms of the various militias -- these factions.
Probably Hezbollah is stronger than any individual Syrian -- -- Well enough and now that it's increasingly on the side of the government as you point out about it can explain why the government's actually reestablishing battlefield -- OK but to our.
Giving help to the rebels.
Well the rebels are getting help from Qatar from a couple of other Sunni Arab majority countries in the Persian gulf region.
And probably from whatever weapons they can capture on the battlefield but I think that trend as I've -- is no longer working so much in their favor.
So I think their weaponry is still relatively limited and relatively light.
And their cohesion of course it's also quite limited.
That's a little bit of a chicken and egg problem.
What do you do first you try to build up coordination before you give them.
Heavier weaponry or do you try to give the groups within the insurgency that you trust give -- the weaponry now -- try to favor that.
So that they're more moderate they could be -- more strong and influential insurgent groups that emerge down the road.
That's what I would favor and I think we should be arming them -- you know that's the basic state of play -- western world is not really arming.
The insurgents whereas.
The Arab world to some extent is but the government still has the upper hand on what it.
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