Dennis Kucinich’s Interview with Bashar al-Assad in Syria


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martysoffice on Sep 18, 2013

Dennis Kucinich [went] to Syria this week to interview Bashar al-Assad بشار الأسد فوكس نيوز about the potential peace deal that could avert military strikes by the United States in his country. During the first part of the hour-long interview, Assad admitted to Kucinich that his regime does possess chemical weapon stockpiles and affirmed his agreement to join the Chemical Weapons Convention and destroy those stockpiles.

Kucinich was joined by Fox senior foreign-affairs correspondent Greg Palkot, but as Bret Baier read in a statement introducing the interview, the former congressman “was not there in the capacity of a journalist nor was he representing Fox News in that role.” Kucinich began by asking if Assad “agrees” with the plan to “secure and to eventually destroy the chemical weapons.”

Assad confirmed that now that his government has agreed to join the CWC, they must also agree to get rid of the weapons that they have. He argued that his regime has always been in favor of a chemical weapons-free Middle East “because it is a very volatile region. It’s always on the verge of an anarchy and war.”

Kucinich did not push back on these assertions, but rather moved on to accusations from President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry that Assad was “lying” in the past when he claimed not have chemical weapons. Assad now claimed that he never said Syria didn’t have chemical weapons, but rather had refused to confirm one way or the other. “Regarding what Obama and Kerry said, I dare them to say that we said no once,” he said. “We never said it. We never said no, we never said yes… This is a blatant lie.”

Assad added that it’s “not a secret anymore” since they joined the treaty and agreed to destroy the weapons. He also pushed back on the notion that the agreement is a “stalling tactic,” but at the same time said President Obama should not “trust” him on his statement, but rather the “Syrian people should trust me.”

Kucinich then asked Assad if he would be prepared to let Fox News cameras inspect his chemical weapons sites, a question that he essentially dodged by saying that something like that would have to go through various levels of permission and approval.

As for how fast the weapons could feasibly be destroyed, Assad warned of a long and complicated process. He also estimated it would cost $1 billion to accomplish, adding, “if the American administration is ready to pay those monies and to take the responsibility of bringing toxic material to the United States, why don’t they do it?” That sounds like the kind of rhetorical suggestion that got Kerry in trouble just last week.


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  1. Al Assad has a sense of meticulous attention to detail, that is conspicuously lacking from the likes of Hague, Fabius and their patrons, partners & generally enthusiastic proponents of American blitzkrieg .

    We must assume that he is fully aware of the extent of regime-inflicted damage, but perhaps not all, since he must rely upon the accounts that his own forces and intelligence reports, & most of that may be tailored to suit what he wants to hear.

    That stated, I think the truth is the West is advocating an insidious double standard, in calling for blatant regime change without marshaling the evidence that would be required at the ICC for a comprehensive indictment.

    It is transparently duplicitous and disingenuous. We know what their interests are, we know what methods they will deploy, we know what the objectives are. None of this can be concealed any more.

    So it strikes me, that if accountability is demanded of Assad, then we must demand of our own “representatives” full accountability in the total historical context ~ no more despicable crimes swept under the political rug; we want all the dirt to be publicly examined, with forensic thoroughness, openly and with professional integrity.

    No more fake government morality, no more hypocritical posturing from careerists and official spin-doctors. Give us all the facts, facts, facts ~ or get out, get out, get out & expect to feel the consequences of being shut up, up, up ~ if needs be, for life; & without parole.

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