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And -- of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says that a war over Syria.
Would likely be long it would likely be very costly.
And the Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters this morning that the US would only take action as part of an international effort.
He would not say whether he thinks that is likely to happen.
Teaching the -- Fox News national security analyst and she joins me now PT.
Question of leading or following.
In this case what do you think about that book we have just -- over decades seen how badly things go and we get in the middle of somebody else's civil war whether it's.
Iraq Afghanistan Libya we do not belong in the middle of serious civil -- as well.
But I want to say that my concern is a chemical weapons now.
It's not so much the size of any of these civil wars is what is American strategic interests in the region -- Chemical weapons do not ever get used against Americans so -- a way that the United States can use precision strikes.
As everyone has said not -- some background not over -- Syria but to go and destroy those chemical weapons sites and deep us.
And -- don't take sides of the civil war -- prevent.
Because chemical weapons falling into the hands of people who would use them against us and my -- I just his greatest fear.
That those chemical weapons in the hands of the rebels who were affiliated with al-Qaeda.
Which is as weapons against Americans as the Syrian government allied with Hezbollah.
What do you make of us sides response basically saying that -- would be -- very dangerous to get involved here.
Well I think the danger danger in the -- is that it won't just be an easy strike you can't just go and -- and get out.
It would be a matter of where there have been civilian casualties.
We've never -- -- you go back into the World War I.
When we have attacked chemical weapons facilities step us factories.
When they potentially release chemical taxes into the air to have -- -- casualties so whatever we do is not going to be risk free.
But it would be a lot more complicated if we tried to take out the Syrian air defense system if we think -- some kind of boots on the ground -- action.
And I think the key they'll all of this is to not just you -- -- follow but to work with our allies the brits the French and particularly the -- And and it's not as if this hasn't been out in the open has been discussed topic of the week and it's not one of those things where the president comes on TV and says we -- -- -- now.
Overnight last night he took out the chemical weapons depots.
You know what we're we're beyond that point now -- -- points that you make teaching which I find it very interesting.
Is to keep -- high on the larger larger picture the ramifications.
Of a larger civil war then this could lead to across the Middle East explain that.
Okay boots on the ground I think in Syria what we're seeing serious probably the harbinger of what could be a decade -- generation long.
War between the Sunnis and the Shiites -- Arabs in the Middle East on one side of the equation you have Syria Hezbollah a run on the other side.
You have the -- -- al-Qaeda al-Qaeda affiliates some of the wealthy got gulf oil states who were supporting the Islamic radicals.
If they are going at each other in this way throughout the entire region the United States really doesn't want to get.
In the middle of this we want to make sure that whatever happens protects American strategic interest now what are -- -- interest in the region.
Access to oil preventing the terrorists from coming to the United States and protect in the -- -- -- -- we can do all of those things without getting involved in another war.
I kind of think about that you -- always champ being.
-- we don't need out.
We don't need -- plus doesn't this exact earnings it changes the dynamic.
Thank you so much -- -- season and --
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