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Amanpour examines the evidence on Syria chemical weapons

September 9th, 2013
04:21 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

What do we know about Western Nations’ intelligence on the Syrian chemical weapons attack, and who was behind it?

It’s a question that many people in and out of government have – whether for or against intervention – ever-mindful of the Iraq weapons of mass destruction fiasco.

On Monday, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour examined the issue with two experts: Jean Pascal Zanders, a chemical weapons expert, and Greg Thielmann, former chief of the nonproliferation analysis office in the State Department's intelligence bureau.

“Right now we seem to be in a spiral of confirmation bias on the part of the number of Western leaders,” Zanders told Amanpour from Geneva. “Much more can be put on the table – without compromising intelligence sources – about the nature of the investigations undertaken, how many samples were investigated, how widespread were those samples.”

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Henry Kissinger tells Christiane Amanpour: 'I support President Obama' on Syria

September 9th, 2013
03:12 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

“We can’t be the world’s policeman,” he told Amanpour, “but we can be the world’s last resort.”

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday that, despite some reticence, he now supports a limited military intervention in Syria.

“I have been against American military intervention, and have said so publically,” Kissinger told Amanpour in New York. “This, however, is a use of weapons of mass destruction, which has consequences beyond Syria. … For that reason, and for the limited purpose of penalizing the use of weapons of mass destruction, I support President Obama’s request.”

Kissinger said that as much as he can, he has urged congress to authorize the U.S. president’s request to use force.

“It would have been a lot better if this had had a formal vote at the UN,” Kissinger said. “But in the last resort, and if the issue is important enough, the United States may have to act – really for the sake of everybody.”

“We can’t be the world’s policeman,” he told Amanpour, “but we can be the world’s last resort.”

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President Obama's Syria PR offensive

September 9th, 2013
02:41 PM ET

Christiane Amanpour discusses President Obama’s PR offensive on Syria with Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger.

What impact will Russia’s proposal - to have Syria’s chemical weapons put under international control - have on the debate?

Watch Amanpour's interview with Borger above.


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