Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in Grand Rapids comments on Syria military intervention
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Patrick Center September 3, 2013 | WGVU “I’m at the point where if someone walking down the street or in an elevator said, ‘What do you think?’ I would say immediately, ‘You either ought to change the regime or do nothing. Why would you go in and fire a shot across the bow? All it does is make a splash.”
Donald Rumsfeld asks what will that achieve?
“What you’ve probably achieved is the embarrassment of the United States for being feckless and ineffective. And given what’s going on in Iran the last thing we ought to be sending out is the signal that there was a red line and we fired a shot across the bow.”
With more than 100,000 Syrians killed in its civil war, the former Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld says the source, President Bashar Assad, must be removed. He points out President Barack Obama doesn’t need Congressional approval to intervene in Syria or authority from United Nations which he says is standing on the sidelines.
“Nobody is pinning the tail on the donkey. Nobody is saying that they killed something in excess of 1,000 with chemical weapons, according to Secretary Kerry, and the Chinese and the Russians are supporting the use of chemical weapons. That is what is happening by their public opposition in the United Nations to the United nations expressing anything. And no one is saying that. That they’ve positioned themselves in favor of chemical weapons.”
Rumsfeld says the world ought to be concerned about a regime that uses chemical weapons and the world isn’t concerned. So what does the United States do about it? If it does nothing, or initiates a limited military strike that doesn’t end with Syrian regime change Rumsfeld warns it sends a dangerous message to Iran that it’s OK to continue with its nuclear weapons program.
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