Hi everyone, I’m Michael Talbot with CityNews.ca. I'll be moderating our live chat with 680News political specialist John Stall on Obama's Syria speech, which is scheduled to start in a few minutes.
Welcome John, what are you expecting from the President tonight?
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@John Stall earlier today Russian Pres. Putin said the plan for Syria to turn over chemical weapons would only work if the U.S. backed down from the threat of military force. Where do we stand now?
@John Stall Do you think a diplomatic solution can be reached with the threat of military action still looming?
I see it completely differently than you. I don't think he is desperate to save face. I think he is ( as a humanitarian) totally committed to oppose the use of gas by any nation with the might of the American Military. I think he is quite clear on that.
I thinforcing k it is all in the nuances. Big difference between stating the objective is to take out Assad for a regime change - and the actual collateral consequence of U.S. military action. Remember, the no fly zone mandate over Lybia was limited to ensuring Gadaffi airforce could not fly out, but the result was forcing Gadaffi into a sewere where his own people could get him.
Wow, that is a lot to ask of me don't you think? I think this: The U.S will continue to Gaurd against the kind of Alquida attack of 911. If the U.S remains convinced that the terrorist threat to " home land" is rooted in the middle east, then it will take out what ever it thinks it has to.
sso therI'll tell you what I don't believe, and that is the cynical view that the U.S law makers favour war as a way to make their friends who pick up the pieces wealthy, or to boost the domestic economy
We are about to finish up for the night. John, do you have any final thoughts on what's transpired?
Well look, the middle east is and always has been a riddle wrapped in an enigma -so there is no clear answer to your query, only to point out that Saudi does remain allied with the U.S for a whole bunch of economic reasons. It is the U.S beach head into the region ( as was evident by Gulf War one ) - which by the way I spent a month in Saudi Arabia Covering
Thank you John for your insight, and thanks to all the CityNews and 680 viewers and listeners who participated in our live chat. Goodnight.