Condoleezza Rice calls on U.S. to arm Syria rebels


CBS News

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called for the United States to arm opposition fighters in Syria on “CBS This Morning” Tuesday, joining a chorus of Republicans led by Sen. John McCain to provide weapons to rebels against Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Rice expressed to Erica Hill and Charlie Rose her disagreement with the Obama administration’s position on Syria, which is that the rebels lack the organization and trustworthy fighters to be given weapons. Rice argued that regional players are already arming the Assad regime and the opposition in pursuit of their own agenda in the Middle Eastern nation.

“I do believe that you’re probably ultimately going to have to arm the opposition, maybe even today, because people are being armed,” said Rice. “Assad is being armed by the Russians and by the Iranians, so it’s not as if people are not being armed.”

Rice emphasized that she understood the difficulties the United States faces in carrying out its foreign policy. She’s also had experience in engaging countries like Syria. In 2008, well before the beginning of the wave of unrest among Arab nations known as The Arab Spring, Rice was the highest-ranking U.S. official in more than 50 years to meet with Libya’s then-strongman Muammar Qaddafi after the two nations restored diplomatic relations. Last year, rebels executed Qaddafi after overthrowing his regime.

In evaluating President Obama’s foreign policy as a whole, Rice said the United States can’t “lead from behind.”

“We really do need to have a view,” said Rice. “It cannot be the lowest common denominator view of the international community through the Security Council of the U.N., and secondly this really counts on rebuilding our strengths at home, and so the state of our economy, continuing to borrow money that we cannot afford, entitlements, if we don’t get a handle on who we are at home and fix our multiple problems at home then we will not lead.”

“I do believe that you’re probably ultimately going to have to arm the opposition, maybe even today, because people are being armed,” said Rice. “Assad is being armed by the Russians and by the Iranians, so it’s not as if people are not being armed.”

Rice emphasized that she understood the difficulties the United States faces in carrying out its foreign policy. She’s also had experience in engaging countries like Syria. In 2008, well before the beginning of the wave of unrest among Arab nations known as The Arab Spring, Rice was the highest-ranking U.S. official in more than 50 years to meet with Libya’s then-strongman Muammar Qaddafi after the two nations restored diplomatic relations. Last year, rebels executed Qaddafi after overthrowing his regime.

In evaluating President Obama’s foreign policy as a whole, Rice said the United States can’t “lead from behind.”

“We really do need to have a view,” said Rice. “It cannot be the lowest common denominator view of the international community through the Security Council of the U.N., and secondly this really counts on rebuilding our strengths at home, and so the state of our economy, continuing to borrow money that we cannot afford, entitlements, if we don’t get a handle on who we are at home and fix our multiple problems at home then we will not lead.”

  1. #1 by 30.06 on June 27, 2012 - 2:59 pm

  2. #2 by 30.06 on June 27, 2012 - 3:00 pm

  3. #3 by 30.06 on June 27, 2012 - 3:00 pm

  4. #4 by 30.06 on June 27, 2012 - 3:19 pm

  5. #5 by SazzyLilSmartAzz on June 27, 2012 - 3:43 pm

    Condoleezza Rice grilled about torture by Stanford students

  6. #6 by NAeem on June 27, 2012 - 4:25 pm

    The whore has spoken, she should be in guantanamo bay being tortured as we speak not free

  7. #7 by SazzyLilSmartAzz on June 27, 2012 - 4:31 pm

    Is there anyone left in America who can listen to what this vile, putrid creature says? Shame on them!

  8. #8 by spktruthtopower200@yahoo.com on June 27, 2012 - 6:20 pm

    This black angel of death should shut her mouth, she left the documents on her desk that would have prevented 9ll…she was involved in discussion of torture at Gitmo, and was in collusion with Bush, cheney,Rummy, Wolfowitz,Perle and the other neo cons who lied about Iraq, killed milions of people, destroyed 2 nations, and committed treason. Lets hope we see her butt at the Hague.

  9. #9 by galeada on June 27, 2012 - 8:45 pm

    John Mccain is not John Mccain, he is Henry Winkler. yep the fonz. Sold his soul out. wellaware1.com

  10. #10 by bostonblah on June 27, 2012 - 9:14 pm

    just looking at that ugly mug is torture enough for me, maybe they should have just had her go to abu ghraib personally if she wanted to torture them then they could have pried their eye lids open clockwork orange style and forced them to look at her butt ugly face for hours on end

  11. #11 by Gary on June 27, 2012 - 10:10 pm

    I hear this filthy pig doesn’t own a mirror; I wonder why?

  12. #12 by on June 27, 2012 - 11:36 pm

    Sic ‘em neo-Condie.

  13. #13 by Isaac on June 27, 2012 - 11:55 pm

    That bitch still sticking her nose in the Middle East? She is a Zionist war criminal and she should be in jail along with all the other criminals. Eric Holder refused to prosecute them.

  14. #14 by Ponders70 on June 28, 2012 - 12:45 am

    No Hague for the whore. Let her swing
    from a rope until the twitching toes
    cease to twitch. It would be too kind
    an end for the despicable trash.

  15. #15 by ruby22-kate on June 28, 2012 - 4:45 am

    Let her be ‘detained’ indefinitely at Gitmo, then tell us about no torture and medium security.
    kindasleazy rice is a blight on humanity.

  16. #16 by mbuh edward on June 28, 2012 - 11:09 am

    i don.t think that that woman have a child of her own

  17. #17 by Vickie Jacobs on June 29, 2012 - 1:08 pm

    She is the reincarnation of Jane Fonda. No one got tortured at Hanoi Hilton remember?

  18. #18 by ruby22-kate on June 29, 2012 - 4:33 pm

    @Vickie, no one got tortured at Hanoi Hilton except Songbird McCain.

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