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We are following a developing story about the gruesome murder of a Catholic priest in Syria.
Raising serious new concerns about the administration's plan -- final aid to the so called rebels.
Father France France while Barack was beheaded.
Killed were told by an al-Qaeda linked group but is opposed to Syrian president Bashar Al Assad.
This photo is a still image from a video purporting to show the execution.
You can see dozens of villagers watching.
And taking pictures including children.
Just just celebrating.
The end of this man's life and two others by beheading.
This comes not long after the Obama administration announced that it will be propping up the groups who -- trying top to topple the Asad regime.
Which raised all sorts of questions about who exactly we are -- Turning now general Jack Keane who's a retired four star general former vice chief of staff of the army and fox -- military analyst.
He KT McFarland who was a deputy assistant secretaries of defense for President Reagan and -- Fox News national security analyst I mean it's just.
Course we're not gonna show anything more than we've already shown.
On what's on that tape but it's just disgusting and it's beyond words what they're doing over there and the question is KT.
How can we assure ourselves that our money and our arms that we're now gonna send it to help the rebels.
It doesn't wind up in the hands of those guys.
I think that's a -- you can't assure yourself that that's what's going to have you can bet the Syrian rebel groups all you want.
But there -- the one -- -- the strongest the most well organized in the best -- Are in fact the al-Qaeda affiliates the same people who just did this -- had -- I was in Israel two weeks ago and I met with military lawyers journalists political leaders there's no doubt in their mind that the strongest.
Syrian rebel groups are in fact the al-Qaeda affiliates and if we turn around and we arm.
The good guy rebels they won't keep those arms for long because the al-Qaeda rebels -- in fact take them away from them.
At the end of the -- that great tragedy of this Syria is already lost it's now a fight between that chemical weapons use -- Aside government and then as you just saw the people who are willing to -- ahead.
It's who -- allied with al-Qaeda spread this guy had started a monastery.
General -- and then had to take.
Cover in a convent to try to minister to people and this is the end he met for his for his misdeeds of trying to.
Administered -- administer the Catholic faith.
And yet you know here we are sending money and arms and what are the guarantees that that is not going to wind up in the hands.
-- groups like this one.
-- sellers kind of barbarism is horrific.
And it's clearly designed.
They they use public beheading.
Mostly with -- infidels.
Terrify the non believers.
And to strengthen.
Muslims in terms the power.
And the influence and commitment of their belief system.
And certainly it is just horrific behavior but that's the motivation it's secondly.
There are no guarantees as -- he said.
But this much I do know if we just back away which is easy to do because this is complicated frustrating full months -- certainty.
This much we get.
We get Assad in power rebels are not going to be defeated -- all the regional war in Lebanon.
Then sit back in in Jordan and possibly also in Israel that is that disastrous situation.
And the strategic victory for the -- -- -- And we have got to keep our eye on the ball in the Middle East and terms.
Iran and its huge regional hegemony.
Objectives -- can we give arms to moderate -- groups groups -- strengthen their influence and also.
To influence but this war against.
A -- our CIA has worked with these groups now for over a year.
They believe they can -- risk is certainly there but they minimized.
Now Clinton Petraeus.
And the Pentagon all what made this recommendation -- the White House last summer almost a year ago and a White House refuse.
Well that's vivid criticism ambassador Bolton the leveling all along saying we waited to law we have there was an opportunity -- -- -- opportunity.
And -- we missed it we waited too long but KT -- want to ask you about that last assertion.
About a -- what did you McCain's assertions that if we do nothing and we don't armies rebel groups we're gonna wind up with a regional war because of what Graham and and McCain is saying.
Saying quote it if this isn't dealt with the whole region is going down that's why they justify sending these arms and so on.
What -- -- -- you know harm and it lumbered arm rebels who are van and turn going to use those.
It's -- hurt Americans are allies in the region that's a mistake.
But I think -- choice is between army and al-Qaeda affiliated rebels and doing nothing on the other hand we knew a lot.
Weekend first of all we can do provide humanitarian assistance secondly.
-- to general king's point shore up our Jordanian allies in the region.
Make sure that -- strong enough so that when the fighting comes to them they can withstand it and then third.
Our major strategic interests in the region besides Iran or in addition to -- -- chemical weapons in Syria make sure we know where they are.
And that we have the ability to go in and destroy.
Or to secure that Peter -- our allies before they do -- of the hands of the same kind of keep.
Over just on the -- at half now I correct myself I was Ralph Peters are surfacing that and answerable but.
Let me ask you general came because.
You know what if what if -- wrong you know when you when you put it that way the whole -- is going to be in you know in danger and we're seeding.
They have the control to these radical islamists if we don't do something.
It sounds scary but what if you're wrong what if what if we do provide these arms and this money and it does wind up in groups -- handsome you know al-Qaeda linked groups like this.
And that the headings and the executions of children and so on continue.
And now we're the funders and -- of it.
What we're doing then is is -- the radical -- the Middle East.
I mean there has to be some risk involved to listen there are any aircraft weapons and anti tank weapons already in the rebels' -- multiple kinds of -- -- What we would do.
With providing those kinds of weapons and probably the administration's gonna book I think they have a feckless policy here.
When it comes to arming rebels I don't believe they're gonna give the man -- craft weapons which is what they truly need and also and -- -- weapons of possibly give -- And there are some ways to minimize that risk we would probably put some Covert operators on the ground with them.
They've been working with these groups now for some time initially the CIA didn't -- trust us.
For the same reasons that -- had discussed but after they spent time with them they became convinced that they could minimize this risk the let's say this.
Well -- -- the rebels and of itself would not be decisive.
If you really want to change.
There you momentum not a sought this.
You'll have to put itself force on the ground if you're gonna do that take that -- power away from the -- in -- rebels by themselves.
Will not change fundamentally the moment that's a much bigger step and involvement for us if we went there.
Panel thank you both so much thank --
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