USA envoy Nikki Haley says Syria regime change is 'inevitable'

Jean-Luc Melenchon

August 31, 2013: Obama says he will go to Congress for authorization to carry out punitive strikes against the Syrian government, but appears to lack the necessary support in the legislature.

"What we are saying is other countries have to ask themselves some hard questions". "Russia should ask themselves, 'What are we doing here?' Why are we supporting this murderous regime that is committing mass murder of its own population and using the most heinous weapons available?'"

Trump's United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley, said the United States had "multiple priorities" in Syria and that stability there was impossible with Assad as president.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has said "terrorists are celebrating" the U.S. strikes on the air base.

Russia's Defense Ministry said this week's attack in the northern town of Khan Sheikhoun, which killed 87 people, was caused by Syrian airstrikes hitting a weapons warehouse where al-Qaida-linked fighters were storing chemical agents.

"If this intervention is limited only to an air base, if it does not continue and if we don't remove the regime from heading Syria, then this would remain a cosmetic intervention", said Cavusoglu in the southern city of Antalya.

USA -backed rebels groups have long pleaded for more US intervention and complained that Washington has only fought the Islamic State group.

"Putin and Rouhani called for holding an objective, impartial investigation of all circumstances of the incident involving chemical weapons in the Syrian province of Idlib on April 4", the statement read.

The news agency reported that during the Friday phone call, the Saudi monarch congratulated Trump for his "courageous decision".

Iran and Russian Federation are Assad's closest allies and label all opponents of his regime as "terrorists".

But he added that Mr Trump now needs to work with congress to set a future course.

"The President's erratic approach to Syria is not a strategy".

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Officials are hoping that this rapport can be leveraged to bring a new diplomatic push to end the 6-year-old civil war in Syria.

Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland, the top Democrat on the foreign relations committee, agreed.

"I think the president has been quite clear".

"But what we did not see is a coherent policy on how we're going to deal with the civil war and also deal with (IS)".

"The United States is the superpower, and not the other way around, and it's unlikely that Russian Federation will provoke a military confrontation with a superior military force-assuming it knows USA threats of military force are credible, which it presumably now knows", argues Shadi Hamid, the contributing editor for the Atlantic.

So far, Assad's ability to use chemical weapons does not seem significantly degraded.

In September, The U.N. Security Council ordered Syria to account for and destroy its chemical weapons stockpile, and threatened to authorize the use of force in the event of non-compliance.

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"In no way do we see peace in that area with Assad as the head of the Syrian government".

Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani said in a phone call that aggressive U.S. actions against Syria violated worldwide law.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) did not mince words - or letters - when he remarked on Bashar al-Assad's flippant attitude toward President Trump on Sunday's "Meet the Press".