FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE GENERAL COLIN POWELL SHARES HIS VIEWS ON THE TURMOIL IN SYRIA AND DISCUSSES THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE ON “CBS THIS MORNING”
POWELL ON SYRIAN PRESIDENT BASHAR AL-ASSAD: “HE’S A LIAR IN THE FIRST ORDER”
Former Secretary of State General Colin Powell shared his views on the turmoil in Syria and discussed the presidential race with co-hosts Charlie Rose and Gayle King, live today, June 13, 2012, on CBS THIS MORNING on the CBS Television Network (7:00 AM – 9:00 AM).
Below are excerpts from the interview.
ROSE: Looking at Syria today, with the increased possibility of civil war, what does the United States do?
POWELL: I think it is really a civil war and probably has been a civil war for some time, particularly when the opposition is now starting to hold ground. It's going to a new dimension, and the Russians may be providing some really sophisticated weaponry. I don't know if there's much that the United States can do other than work with the international community and try to apply sufficient economic, political and diplomatic pressure on President Assad, who I know and have worked with, and he's a liar in the first order. Anything we can do to get this guy to realize the urgency of the situation and start to work with the opposition or get out of the country.
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ROSE: You're saying at this moment, you have not made a judgment about who would be the best person to spend the next four years in the While House?
POWELL: Whatever judgment I have right now would be incomplete. I haven't seen everything that Mitt Romney is going to do. I haven't seen how our economy is going to play out. I haven't seen solid, in my mind, economic suggestions from either.
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