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Thought -- -- ministry she is considering taking action as the civil war in Syria intensifies the White House is reportedly days away.
From a decision on aiding rebels in their battle against government troops now we've heard this before we know you have this well.
Is now the time to act joining us -- -- are former analyst at the Treasury Department.
And vice president of research at the foundation for defense of democracies so what about this timing -- then well why now.
Well right now we've hit I think an inflection point in Syria.
The battle for -- -- error which was just lost by the rebels what is what I believe the turning point in this war.
And let me stopping they're done because people may not be familiar with -- -- but that's a very important intersection.
Geographically in Syria why is that so crucial.
Sure it's on the northeast corner of eleven on its basically.
Somewhere right in the middle.
Of the Mediterranean port and Damascus so it's a crucial supply line that the rebels held it for several weeks.
And it was just -- was just sacked by Assad's forces and so it's cleared the way for us had to go back and forth between the Mediterranean and and and Damascus.
So it was a crucial battle.
And the the way that cost side won it.
Was by deploying Hezbollah troops as well as a running in troops and so.
It's become very clear now that he won't be so called axis of resistance Iran Syria and Hezbollah.
Are all doing battle they're playing for keeps in Syria and so this was a major turning point.
And you did a lot of -- and -- -- And and what this group has done over the years as a terrorist organizations but son Jonathan would point out -- it has left fighting on the senate side.
But you have al-Qaeda elements that the fighting -- said the rebels.
So several shrug and say well let the terrorist groups fighting each other let's not get involved what do you think about that argument.
Shore well it's sort of like the Iran Iraq War of the 1980s.
Though the -- men was insisting that they both can't lose.
I'd like in this battle to something like alien vs predator in theory we should all just sit back and enjoy the fight.
But at the end of the day somebody has to win and that is what's deeply disconcerting to all of us here in the west as well as to the Israelis.
Even eleven he is they're concerned that one or the other of these actors will come out ahead.
And let's let's go a little bit bigger with that Iran has an election coming up on Friday he said that Iran as we know supports has a lot.
If -- side is able to maintain power.
What does that mean.
Forward for this entire year was -- look the year out Jonathan with the new administration if you will on Iran still the nuclear program.
What what what is think it would cut about 6000 foot view if you bought 101000 foot view of what what that means for the region if that is the case that decides days.
And and the rebels would.
Well if Assad is able to -- maintain power in Syria it means that the Iran -- access is one.
It means that they're able to project strength throughout the region.
It means that they can stop for example providing huge amounts of weaponry in cash to Syria they're able to afford it for themselves.
And it means that they will be more likely to be able to withstand the sanctions that we have imposed against them and a project strength and other parts of the region.
The other concern that we have is that Hezbollah which has been fighting in Syria will be able to return home to eleven on.
Where they have 60000 rockets currently trained south that the Israelis and that there's a possibility we could see some conflict there as well.
I -- thirty seconds is it too late.
Too late for our intervention with the good guys of the rebels.
Well that there are too many good guys but I don't think that it's too late I still think that there's an opportunity here.
And I think the administration is right to be looking this as that window perhaps one of the final windows we have to intervene in a deadly conflict.
-- and it was great to see you.
Thank you so my thank you.
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