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And -- are right away with Christian -- he's in New York to talk about what's taking place so -- Syria.
And we did hear a lot this morning Christian about the president though talking about Syria.
I he made a number of comments throughout the the speech including a one point saying really that there's no doubt that the Syrian regime.
Put off the chemical weapons and killed over a thousand people including women and children.
But from what we've been told there really is no absolute proof that this this the Syrians did this let's go first of all to what the president said.
In this morning speech do you think that does anything to pressure the Syrians the Russians and the Chinese or for that matter the Iran -- in regards to the Syrian regime.
Quality changes much because there aren't any new arguments you know the president made them with his usual.
Be a pretty solid delivery using a teleprompter but nothing really -- that didn't previously work on the American people or on the Russian government you know it felt a little like a campaign speech with the audience not being.
The US electorate but the general assembly.
But in the back -- your mind you're thinking this is really just to pressure Russia to get the one thing that Obama -- as the first key hurdle.
A resolution out of the UN Security Council that is strong yet it appears that that you know.
There will be some sort of resolution perhaps but something strong something that invokes.
Chapter seven of the UN charter which references the possible use of force all that seems to be gone so I can't see this really.
Changing the dynamic that much sort of -- as with domestic issues and domestic audiences are diminishing returns to scale of Obama's speeches.
-- -- -- -- it helps at all because he was making these comments to the general assembly he was very critical of the way that the Security Council had not really addressed that.
The Syrian chemical weapons use again assuming that the that the Asad regime.
Are the ones that set off those weapons -- and he was very critical -- and in his own way that nothing had been done but again this is in the general assembly this is not to the Security Council.
Right and so you have an audience that was very eager and we'll give him a nice round of applause to hear what he had to say.
He reminded everyone what the purpose the original -- the United Nations was gave it a compliment.
You know some of us would say a bit undeserved if you look at the track record of the UN since 1945.
And then -- arena repeating the arguments in favor of the international community.
Which is something that -- that this administration believes in fervently just not sure the Russians do also the president using tried and true lines like you know we are doing this not for -- own narrow national interest which you know.
The previous 43 presidents that was sort of the basis of their foreign policy but.
That we're doing this for the good of the world for the good of the region we really don't have any interest beyond the safety of the Syrian people.
That's -- -- good and I think it works well on the media on -- the Europeans European elites a lot of people in the general assembly book rush at the end of the day.
First of all never believes that any country -- lacks any manner other than to advance its national interest.
And you know rush at the end day there's certain Islamist groups they don't like they.
Don't like the Muslim Brotherhood they don't like islamists and parts of their own country.
But you know at the end of the day they are more interest it seems in in sticking their thumb in the -- of the United States.
Absolutely the shout out to those who are watching in Alaska and also we have you're that weighed in on something that I noticed -- during the speech KTK.
You know ways and at one point the president said in his speech very early on that the world is more stable today.
Then -- was five years ago in regards to Syria and what's happening all across Africa -- Kenya and the so called Arab Spring which really wasn't the spring but it's -- -- I mean can you make an argument with Syria especially that the world a safer than five years ago.
That's a fairly stunning statement to make.
I really can't point to any region of the world where things are better than they were when this president took office the Middle East is frankly starting to look like Europe before World War I.
You know no analogy is perfect but the sheer number of disputes of strange alliances of shifting sands then there's the body count a 100000 people dead in Syria.
Egypt where it was you know at the beginning of Arab Spring has used as you mentioned which may not be so much of the spring.
It was open Mike night for the Obama administration and has gone south of very you know round saved and salvaged only by the Egyptian military from taking power back from the islamists but Islamist.
Doing quite well in Syria doing quite well politically across the region so it's really impossible to say.
That American interest have been enhanced in any way I mean that's true if you look at Turkey going south -- you look at Iraq going south.
And -- had to say that there really anything to -- in certain things have gone OK but do through no price of this administration so.
It's an odd statement.
Chris you you -- number I think -- -- just take a look at the last five years serious gone south he gets in trouble.
Parts most and really most of North Africa.
You have you have read you have leaders in and Morocco and in Jordan who were on edge.
-- -- the Iran means of course with what's happening next toward Syria and their continued quest for a nuclear weapon.
The other Russians flexing their muscles then you look around sub saharan Africa and you see what Kenya's dealing with and other areas as well we have troops have what 34 African nation there's -- night at last count.
It just seems like it's going on and on and on I want to bring -- and one of our viewers -- -- for 123.
Put out some of the money that's been spent by the US and some of these places because once again the president this morning speech talked about we're giving more money to help.
The Syrian people but you look at the money in Libya one point four billion -- 397 million.
Even Russia got money Haiti.
Jordan Kenya Sudan Nigeria you've gone that Congo Ethiopia Pakistan two billion dollars.
It seems like we're giving money to a lot of these nations and these these security isn't getting any better there -- for that matter is -- -- better for us.
Right it's it's appalling you know defenders of foreign -- will come.
And say the G it's less than 1% of the federal budget but frankly it would be better for US national interest in many cases if you just converted that's a hundred dollar bills and use them to light cigars on fire.
Money we pour into Egypt actually do you know previously this prior to.
The latest conflagration there probably just augmented corruption and -- one of the most corrupt places.
Same with Pakistan.
The fact that we gave Russia hundreds of millions of dollars supposedly to -- -- its nuclear arsenal but in fact money -- -- is fungible we probably paid to modernize there.
Nuclear arsenal and so far removed from any of this is any clear.
National interest any -- political goal and that ultimately I think is the problem with Syria that the American people just don't trust that a president.
Who sided with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt who today said he's against regime change in Iran even if it's peaceful and brought about by the -- running -- people on me.
Sort of the exact opposite of what Ronald Reagan did with the so -- union so.
No political goal no strategy.
And yeah I think the American people are are sort of rightly concerned that we're just burning money.
Yeah I'll play quick clip from the speech this morning where the president will go clip one with a president talks about.
What do you world community should do in regards to Syria -- -- -- With -- respect to Syria.
We believe that as a starting point the international community must enforce the ban on chemical weapons.
When I stated my willingness to order a limited strike against the Assad regime in response.
To the -- use -- chemical weapons.
I did not do so -- I did so because I believe it is in the national security interest of the United States.
And in the interest of the world.
To meaningfully and forests they prohibition whose origins.
Are older than the United Nations itself.
I would pay money Christian to have been in the room with prudent as he heard those comments I think that -- It's make believe in so many ways there have been countries that have willingly given up their arsenals but it's either -- plausibly threatened with regime change.
Like Qaddafi after we took out Saddam Hussein or a dramatic liberalization South Africa after apartheid Ukraine after the collapse the Soviet Union.
No time hasn't happened in the middle of the civil war neither the United States nor -- nor the UN is gonna disarm.
Syria and also you know what's the main US interest here got to be a -- it's not run by Enron an ally but also that's not run by jihadist or al-Qaeda.
Allies and that just doesn't seem to be in the offing with anything Obama has done -- he's historically wrong to.
About this first of all -- got a big believer and international law and it's its benefits aside from -- agreements between Sovereign States but.
If you are guess what Syria is one country that didn't sign that convention in the a chemical weapons have been used in the past Saddam used them against Iran there's a reason we didn't get involved and -- -- civil war because we didn't -- become allies of the Ronnie and regime against which you have the weapons were used so again this is just a lot of it it just sounds like a lot of progressive doctrine on internationalism and not so much strategy.
For identifying and setting back islamists.
-- -- -- Former US senior advisor to the US State Department.
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