Also in this playlist...
This transcript is automatically generated
A red line for us is.
We start saying.
A whole bunch chemical weapons moving around or -- US.
That would change my calculus.
That was president a -- in August of 2012 talking about his red line on Syria.
Now we know the CIA will arm the Syrian rebels following a Friday announcement from the administration that it had evidence that president Bashar Al Assad.
Used chemical weapons on civilians.
Today we have a member of the house foreign affairs committee congressman Ted -- to talk about what it.
To have -- CIA putting weapons into the hands of the opposition congressman thank you for joining us.
Led to our right so how do we know who were handing these weapons to.
We don't know who were handed them to -- numerous rebel groups.
Some -- political summer religious summer radicals they're people who are criminals who are in the rebels.
So we're going to give guns to.
Another group of rebels.
Al-Qaeda is involved in one of these rebel groups -- that's lovely us giving weapons to al-Qaeda who's fighting Hezbollah.
On the other side.
You've got countries lined up.
In this whole region and now the United States has made their problem.
And we are we should not be army anybody in this conflict.
What -- makes -- of the decision that the administration has stated it's gonna flow through the CIA and we are indeed going to be invested at least in that way not boots on the ground but some arms we don't know exactly why it.
How does the US move -- with this then if they're so much conflict about whether we should be doing it or not.
But -- president says we're going to what is our national interest.
Syria didn't attack us what is our our interest in being in the middle of this.
Civil war in Syria.
We don't know.
And now we -- or involved in this we've taken sides in this matter course facades -- bad guy.
We've got ourselves in the situation.
Just like in North Africa in the Arab Spring in Libya we start -- -- -- rebels in Libya we get rid of a war Qaddafi the rebels still have the weapons and are still being used in other parts the world is that going to be the end game here so we have no national interest we are just or meanwhile inside the losing side.
What do you make an Senator John McCain statement that there are outside groups that are fighting essentially a proxy war here at the air all in and there they are against her interest in his estimation when you talk about has blocked.
-- concerns about Russia about -- -- And -- should Dole's concerns draw us sane and how do we deal with the fact that Russia seems to be very skeptical lot about claims that there are chemical weapons that have been used there.
-- -- chemical weapons.
We're really not sure that -- use chemical weapons he may have but the rebels may have used chemical weapons as well so we're -- this little find red line to say we're going to be involved in helping the losing -- help the rebels.
Sure -- Ron is involved with Syria and the Russians are too but you've got -- south.
Are Saudi Arabia and that Turkey involved on the other shot along with al-Qaeda.
We got numerous powers in the whole region fighting it out in Syria.
And now we have interjected ourselves as well.
Are we gonna escalate this war more people go to dial both sides because United States got involved and continues to get involved.
We shall see we don't -- national interest and we don't know what our goal is indeed there in the first place.
There -- counts that nearly a 100000 people have died in this conflict of the last couple of years.
Do we have a humanitarian interests and if so okay is their way that we can provide aid and -- cents.
And how does this thing and do we just stand back and wait until it resolves.
Well of course I believe we should be helping -- humanitarian.
Reasons to help -- that they refugees especially I've been to Turkey have been to the refugee camps -- -- have been in in Turkey.
It is vital that we help those people the civilians are caught in the middle this conflict that is something that we can't do.
But this Sunni Shia war that's taken place a has been a conflict between these two religious groups say it's -- 630.
So I don't see it playing out well in the national interest of the United States let's help humanitarian.
Goals help those people take care of those that are refugees -- these countries that they're -- to.
But -- mean they're rebels which may lead to an escalation of more US involvement.
It's not in the national interest of the United States.
Congressman pen -- thank you so much for your time today.
Filter by section