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-- -- impact segment tonight earlier today secretary of state John Kerry broadly hinted that USA we'll take action against Syria for a poison gas attack.
Let me be clear.
The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians.
The killing of women and children and innocent bystanders.
By chemical weapons is a moral obscenity.
The group Doctors Without Borders which is reliable says more than 3000 Syrians were hurt by the gas and more than 300 killed.
Joining us now from Austin, Texas Fox's analyst Karl -- -- if you were advising President Obama tonight as you did with President Bush years ago.
What would you suggest he do.
Well administration faces five big questions the first and most important question is do you act or not act.
The president two years ago said posture of the shot Abbas -- the president's -- needed to go.
He didn't act a year ago he said.
The Red Line would be to use -- chemical weapons on the anniversary of that statement.
The Syrian Jews chemical weapons of the first questions act or not act.
And I think you have to act -- and you know secretary of state today he has -- and then a question then a question gets to be do you do more or do you -- do less.
I worry about us only having four destroyers in the in the eastern Mediterranean you know it's one thing to launch tomahawk cruise missiles from those destroyers.
But I think the administration gonna do you need to do more rather -- unless they do too little.
And the Syrians and the Iranians are gonna say well we use poison gas we got away with just to slap on the wrist.
So I would lead towards doing more but not too much you don't want to put American boots on the ground.
But you need to do more rather than -- What does that mean there's no I mean you got to define -- for the folks here we we have a US NATO air base in in Italy.
And we are bombers can easily go from Italy to Syria.
And well -- US -- Yet you look we have the US military and air installations in Turkey.
Look you -- you ought to go if you know who what units were involved in using the poison gas go after those units.
But I think you need to seriously degrade their air defense capacity there air ability you want to destroy the planes that they've got.
The facilities that they base those -- that -- -- -- make it difficult for them to continue the war -- go after their infrastructure go after command and control.
How old -- a body blows and what if you're well and what if NATO doesn't go along with us I -- -- well -- Saber rattling on the side of other side -- you can believe it who is on his side.
Well he looked -- that that that's another question which is do you do this alone are you would go with international support.
United Nations will not give -- support because of the presence of Russian China.
NATO's inclined to us take -- the thought it was interesting today was the French foreign minister -- said we've got to act so.
I think there's going to be support within NATO but the president needs to reach out he's been talking to leaders.
And France and Great Britain over the last 48 hours.
He he needs to be reaching out to the saudis we have.
We have important support -- could come -- that direction but he does need to get an -- Coalition of the Willing to and to back this action.
And that he needs to answer the questions of long or short I I would lean towards doing it shorter rather than longer I'm not the military expert.
But it strikes me for example if you make a commitment to a no fly zone.
That you're going to be stuck like we were and I -- for the better part of a decade in force in the no fly -- I'd rather seriously degrade their military air assets and their ability to put planes in the -- and keep them in the air.
Didn't -- that decision a no fly zone and the toughest question for the president is going to be this one bill.
Does he asked for congressional authorization for his action.
I think he has learned that I think -- -- I think he does to -- and he got to remember he did not in Libya I think you've got -- I can't and I was well against up beside the loans well.
Here here here is this.
This was a Gallup poll in June supplied military to the rebels' 37%.
The American people favored it.
54% opposed it.
Favor or oppose said -- arms and military supplies this is a pew poll also would you 20% -- oil and gas cheaper cities is now equate not.
Favor or oppose military action if they use chemical weapons 4531.
Not great but the president got a need to make I think that's where people.
Well -- up -- most people don't even know what's going on there they do now they watch the news but I outlook.
-- I think you agree with me that congressional approval for a kind of bombing action that would be supported by -- -- national coalition that's gonna pay us.
Well I you know what I believe it will but it's gonna require the president to drop the politics focus on it put -- -- on his own party.
I give political cover art to the Republicans but when you have somebody like Bob court for the respected senior Republican on the house on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee saying.
You have to come to congress has put president cannot do what he did it Linda yes we it was a did not go to the congress has have to go to time and you'll get.
-- because who what what politician wants to be label well.
Go ahead and use the poison gas -- -- -- look look and when I knew anything about who wants to be and I look look in that soup can look there are a lot of people there are a lot of people who said we don't care about -- Hussein and voted no.
And you will have you will have Democrats and Republicans alike will vote against sisters and isolationist.
It like you know what I bet it's that if they brings it up to vote it's more than a quarter with almost a third of the house -- -- -- about 30% but you know -- build the American people will rally behind this action.
If it's done properly and I -- I agree with you if it's done properly -- quickly quickly bang boom and that's it and then let the -- -- Fall where they -- but no more dead kids reading.
Well again -- -- I have I believe that we should they have we need a strategy for Syria and that strategy is in my opinion.
We have to work with the saudis in the in the gulf states we'll try to do tomorrow and they went to harm the right to -- the right people inside the Free Syrian Army.
Who are secularist and western oriented this is what we should have been doing two years ago and when we did do it al-Qaeda elements took the lead in the fight against.
So I son I got mr.
-- thanks very much.
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