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Well there are reports the people in Syria believe an attack is coming many are leaving the capital city Damascus others gathering food and water from the administration there is still no firm time line at all but we do have warships that are poised to attack.
When the president gives the order.
With us now is former US ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson.
Ambassador thanks for joining us I I am.
Confused by the whole thing here because clearly there.
The goal this stated goal of the administration was regime change and now they tell us but that's not the goal of any military mission that may or may not happen.
In the coming days what is your -- Understanding of the goal -- what we expect to achieve by this launch missile cruise missile strike.
Well you're right traits that -- regime change is not a goal the administration has said that.
What the administration is trying to do and I think that they're wise to get their ducks in a row it's.
To get military.
Legal justification for these airstrikes which I think are imminent.
First I think the fact that the UN special envoy has said that.
Some of these -- chemical weapons were used this was in your report.
Secondly the Arab League surrounding countries US intelligence.
As -- -- overwhelming that chemical weapons of good news.
The big problem.
Is at the United Nations where if you try to use what is called chapter seven.
Which is all means necessary in other words military justification.
The Russians will be -- And so what you're trying to do is get around it or maybe get the Russians to.
Shame them and be -- it but maybe get some language that.
Comes close condemnation.
So a diplomatic effort I think is going on and it makes sense to pursue what is called a Coalition of the Willing.
Get a lot of countries.
In support of this military strike which I do think it's -- and governor what is your opinion on if if in fact we do strike in a facade is left standing in much of his military infrastructure is still left standing then then how do we look.
At the end of at all.
Well -- I think you have to have some goals for the air strike.
You can't just do it per.
Condemnation purposes that and I think what the administration is doing is saying we have to have a comprehensive strategy that these airstrikes.
Help arm the rebels that they hit the command and control centers of the Syrian military that they shift the military momentum.
Away from the military of Syria which clearly has the military momentum.
Towards those that.
Actually have are being massacred in other words shift the momentum -- But make the military airstrikes which are going to be substantial.
And and you hit the military targets.
The sites where some of the chemical weapons are.
Where the missile launches take place the artillery shells take place.
So I think the administration is wise to have a diplomatic.
And a military strategy governor before they launch the governor -- apologies the can -- computer's gonna cut us off former UN ambassador Bill Richardson governor thank you very much.
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