CNN official interview: President Barack Obama on Syria

CNN official interview: President Barack Obama on Syria


PRESIDENT MR. PRESIDENT THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. >>THANK YOU. >>THE LATEST IDEA FLOATED BY SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY PICKED UP BY THE RUSSIANS, IS IT POSSIBLE THIS COULD AVERT A U.S. MILITARY STRIKE ON SYRIA?>>IT’S POSSIBLE IF IT’S REAL, AND, YOU KNOW, I THINK IT’S CERTAINLY A POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT WHEN THE RUSSIANS AND THE SYRIANS BOTH MAKE GESTURES TOWARDS DEALING WITH THESE CHEMICAL WEAPONS. THIS IS WHAT WE’VE BEEN ASKING FOR, NOT JUST OVER THE LAST WEEK OR THE LAST MONTH, BUT FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, BECAUSE THESE CHEMICAL WEAPONS POSE A SIGNIFICANT THREAT TO ALL NATIONS AND TO THE UNITED STATES IN PARTICULAR. THAT’S WHY 98% OF HUMANITY HAS SAID WE DON’T USE THESE. THAT PROTECTS OUR TROOPS, AND IT PROTECTS CHILDREN LIKE THE ONES THAT WE SAW IN THOSE VIDEOS INSIDE OF SYRIA. SO IT IS A POTENTIALLY POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT. I HAVE TO SAY THAT IT’S UNLIKELY WE WOULD HAVE ARRIVED AT THAT POINT WHERE THERE WERE EVEN PUBLIC STATEMENTS LIKE THAT WITHOUT A CREDIBLE MILITARY THREAT TO DEAL WITH THE CHEMICAL WEAPONS USE INSIDE OF SYRIA. BUT WE’RE GOING TO RUN THERE TO GROUND. JOHN KERRY AND THE REST OF MY NATIONAL SECURITY TEAM WILL ENGAGE WITH THE RUSSIANS AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO SEE, CAN WE ARRIVE AT SOMETHING THAT IS ENFORCEABLE AND SERIOUS? YOU KNOW, ONE REASON THIS MAY HAVE A CHANCE OF SUCCESS IS THAT EVEN SYRIA’S ALLIES LIKE IRAN DETEST CHEMICAL WEAPONS. IRAN, YOU KNOW, UNFORTUNATELY WAS THE TARGET OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS AT THE HANDS OF SADDAM HUSSEIN BACK AT THE IRAQ/IRAN WAR, SO WE MAY BE ABLE TO ARRIVE AT A CONSENSUS IN WHICH IT DOESN’T SOLVE THE UNDERLYING PROBLEMS OF A CIVIL WAR IN SYRIA, BUT IT DOES SOLVE THE PROBLEM THAT I’M TRYING TO FOCUS ON RIGHT NOW, WHICH IS MAKING SURE YOU DON’T HAVE OVER 400 CHILDREN GASSED INSDRIM INSTANTLY ABOUT I THESE CHEMICAL WEAPONS. >>BAN KI-MOON, THE SECRETARY-GENERAL SAYS NOT ONLY CONTROL OF THE STOCKPILE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS, BUT THEN GO AHEAD AND DESTROY THEM. HE’S READY TO TAKE THAT TO THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL. THAT’S A LOT BETTER THAN DETERRING THE SYRIANS FROM GOING AHEAD AND USING THESE CHEMICAL WEAPONS. >>ABSOLUTELY. THAT’S WHY WE’RE GOING TO TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY, BUT I HAVE TO CONSISTENTLY POINT OUT THAT WE HAVE NOT SEEN THESE KINDS OF JESS IT YOU REALIZE UP UNTIL NOW. IN PART THE FACT THAT THE U.S. ADMINISTRATION AND I HAVE SAID WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT THIS I THINK HAS PROMPTED SOME INTERESTING KOFRGZ. THESE ARE CONVERSATIONS THAT I’VE HAD DIRECTLY WITH MR. PUTIN. WHEN I WAS AT THE G-20, WE HAD SOME TIME TO DISCUSS THIS AND I BELIEVE THAT MR. PUTIN DOES NOT SEE THE USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS AS A GOOD THING INSIDE OF SYRIA OR ANYPLACE ELSE. AND SO IT’S POSSIBLE THAT WE CAN GET A BREAKTHROUGH, BUT IT’S GOING TO HAVE TO BE FOLLOWED UP ON, AND WE DON’T WANT A STALLING OR DELAYING TACTIC TO PUT OFF THE PRESSURE THAT WE HAVE ON THERE RIGHT NOW. WE HAVE TO MAINTAIN THIS PRESSURE, WHICH IS WHY I’LL STILL BE SPEAKING TO THE NATION TOMORROW ABOUT WHY I THINK THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. >>IS THIS BASHAR AL ASSAD’S LAST CHANCE? I WANT WELL, YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT IT IS IMPORTANT FOR ASSAD TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE CHEMICAL WEAPONS BAN, WHICH HAS BEEN IN PLACE, IS ONE THAT THE ENTIRE CIVILIZED WORLD JUST ABOUT RESPECTS AND OBSERVES IT’S SOMETHING THAT PROTECTS OUR TROOP EVEN IN THE TOUGHEST WAR THEATERS FROM BEING THREATENED BY THESE CHEMICAL WEAPONS. IT’S SOMETHING THAT PROTECTS WOMEN AND CHILDREN AND CIVILIANS, BECAUSE THESE WEAPONS BY DEFINITION ARE INSDRIM NAN. THEY DON’T JUST TARGETS SOMEBODY IN UNIFORM. AND, YOU KNOW, I SUSPECT THAT SOME OF ASSAD’S ALLIES RECOGNIZE THE MISTAKE HE MADE IN USING THESE WEAPONS. IT MAY BE THAT HE IS UNDER PRESSURE FROM THEM AS WELL. YOU NO EL, AGAIN THIS DOESN’T SOLVE THE UNDERLYING TERRIBLE CONFLICT INSIDE OF SYRIA, BUT IF WE CAN ACCOMPLISH THIS LIMITED GOAL WITHOUT TAKING MILITARY ACTION, THAT WOULD BE MY PREFERENCE. ON THE OTHER HAND, IF WE DON’T MAYBE TAIN AND MOVE FORWARD WITH A CREDIBLE THREAT OF MILITARY PRESSURE, I DO NOT THINK WE WILL GET THE KIND OF GRAEME I WOULD LIKE TO SEE. >>YOU’RE BEING SEEN ON CNN AND CNN INTERNATIONAL AROUND THE WORLD, INCLUDING IN DAMASCUS. WHAT I WOULD LIKE YOU TO DO, MR. PRESIDENT, IF YOU’RE AMENABLE, LOOK INTO THE CAMERA, TALK DIRECTLY TO PRESIDENT BASHAR AL ASSAD, TELL HIM SPECIFICALLY WHAT YOU THINK HE MUST DO TO AVERT A U.S. MILITARY STRIKE. >>I DON’T NEED TO TALK TO THE CAMERA. I SUSPECT HE’S GOT PEOPLE WHO WILL BE WATCHING THIS. >>HE’S PROBABLY WATCHING HIMSELF. WE’VE BEEN VERY CLEAR ABOUT WHAT WE EXPECT, AND THAT IS DO NOT USE CHEMICAL WEAPONS, CONTROL THE CHEMICAL WEAPONS, AND NOW BECAUSE WE HAVE SEEN ASSAD’S WILLINGNESS TO USE CHEMICAL WEAPONS, WE’LL HAVE TO GO FURTHER AND GIVE THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY ASSURANCES THEY WILL NOT BE USED, POTENTIALLY BY GETTING THEM OUT OF THE THERE. AT MINIMUM, MAKING SURE THAT INTERNATIONAL CONTROL OVER THOSE CHEMICAL WEAPONS TAKES PLACE. THAT CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED, AND IT DOES NOT SOLVE THE BROADER POLITICAL SITUATION, I WOULD SAY TO MR. ASSAD, WE NEED A POLITICAL SETTLEMENT SO YOU ARE NOT SLAUGHTERING YOUR OWN PEOPLE, AND BY THE WAY ENCOURAGING SOME ELEMENTS OF THE OPPOSITION TO ENGAGE IN TERRIBLE BEHAVIOR AS WELL. YOU KNOW, WHAT I’M THINKING ABOUT IS RIGHT NOW, THOUGH, HOW DO WE MAKE SURE WE CAN VERIFY WE DO NOT HAVE CHEMICAL WEAPONS THAT CAN BE USED NOT ONLY INSIDE OF SYRIA, BUT COULD POTENTIAL DRIFT OUTSIDE OF SYRIA. >>HE SAID IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CHARLIE ROSE, IF THE U.S. ATTACK, HE SAID EXPECT ANYTHING, NOT ONLY FROM HIM, BUT FROM HIS ALLIES. THAT SOUNDS LIKE A THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES. >>YEAH. MR. ASSAD DOESN’T HAVE A LOT OF CAPABILITY. HE HAS CAPABILITY RELATIVE TO CHILDREN, HE HAS CAPABILITY RELATIVE TO A — AN OPPOSITION THAT IS STILL GETTING ITSELF ORGANIZED AND ARE NOT PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED FIGHTERS. HE DOESN’T HAVE A CREDIBLE MEANS TO THREATEN THE UNITED STATES. HIS ALLIES, IRAN AND HEZBOLLAH, COULD POTENTIALLY ENGAGE IN ASYMMETRICAL STRIKES AGAINST US, BUT FRANKLY THE KIND OF THREATS THEY COULD POSE AGAINST US ARE TYPICAL OF THE KINDS OF THREATS WE ARE DEALING WITH AROUND THE WORLD WHICH I HAVE SPOKEN OF RECENTLY, WHICH IS EMBASSIES BEING THREATENED, U.S. PERSONNEL IN THE REGION. THOSE ARE THREATS THAT WE DEAL WITH ON AN ONGOING BASIS, THEY ARE ALWAYS OF CONCERN. OBVIOUSLY WE SAW THE SITUATION IN YEMEN JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO, WHERE WE WANTED TO RESPOND BY GETTING SOM ATTACKS. I ASKED THE PRESIDENT ABOUT THAT. ONE FINAL QUICK QUESTION, 9/11, THE ANNIVERSARY THIS WEDNESDAY, SHOULD AMERICANS EXPECT SOME SORT OF ATTACK. >>I THINK WE’RE ALWAYS ON HEIGHTENED ALERT ON 9/11. WE WILL CONTINUE TO BE. WHAT WE HAVE SEEN OVER THE LAST DECADE IS BECAUSE OF THE HEROISM OF OUR TROOPS, BOMB ENORMOUS SACRIFICES, AMERICA IS SAFER THAN IT WAS RIGHT BEFORE 9/11, BUT WE STILL HAVE THREATS OUT THERE, PARTICULARLY OUTSIDE OF THE HOMELAND. WE ALSO HAVE LONE WOLF THREATS, AS WE SAW DURING THE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS. SO WE HAVE TO REMAIN VIGILANT. WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PROTECT OURSELVES 100% OF THE TIME AGAINST EVERY THREAT, BUT WHAT WE CAN DO IS MAKE SURE WE UNDERSTAND THESE THREATS ARE REAL, WE HAVE TO BE PREPARED, BUT NOT OVERREACT IN WAYS THAT POTENTIAL COM

20 thoughts on “CNN official interview: President Barack Obama on Syria

  1. You people can't keep using that word, I would like to say that the majority of Americans are pure fucking idiots that are blinded because the world elite has brainwashed them through the media, music, and there tactics of slowly making your dollar worth nothing, how can you trust someone you don't even know when you can't even trust your family or neighbors, Well I am here to tell you your living in a fantasy world!

  2. You are dumb to think Americans what to fight in a war with others, I am a soldier my self but I tell you I don't want war unless some one is invading my own land, Our real enemy is the Elite Illuminati!!! If your going to fuck some one up wipe those fuckers out!

  3. Don't get your self down, there are a lot of good people out there we just need to find em and support em, I believe are biggest problem is that we let are government control to much, we should have focused more on private and state. Things will get better. Only it will not be any politician making it better.

  4. we don't use them? we just did the other day, we use more chemical weapons than any other country on this planet numbskull. Depleted uranium munitions are chemical weapons that keep killing for thousands of years and white phosphorous is another one of those terrible chemical weapons. ask the civs in fallujah if they think its a chemical weapon as the hot gas melted their skin to their bones and burnt their air passages.

  5. Everyone talks about this RACE problem and says that this RACE problem will be over when the third-world pours into EVERY White country and ONLY into WHITE countries.

    Everyone says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY White country and ONLY White countries to “assimilate,” that is, intermarry, with all those non-Whites.

    They’re pushing wHiTe geNOcide!

    They claim they are “anti-racist”, what they are is anti-White

    Anti-racist is a code for anti-White

    /watch?v=ZC2uE6Y5sF0

  6. Remember when you could form an intellectual argument against the president of the United States? Remember when you were aware that he would have a clear understanding of what you’re arguing, though disagree, and possibly respond with an opposing view that exudes intellect? Rather you hate Obama or simply just dislike his politics- you miss having an actual opponent in your mental level.

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