Newsmax on June 14, 2013, reported that the Obama Administration doesn’t appear to have a clear idea of how to proceed with the crisis in Syria as the possibility of major bloodshed looms, former U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton says. Excerpts below:

“We still don’t know what the administration plans to do about it. It was announced not by the president,” Bolton told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

“The president’s out in the tall grass on the Syria issue just like he is on many other issues.”

Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes has said that President Barack Obama plans to accelerate military assistance to Syrian rebels following intelligence reports that Syrian government forces have used chemical weapons against opposition fighters.

But Bolton isn’t convinced.

“It’s announced by a White House staffer and they’re virtually no specifics in it at all,” he said.

“We don’t know what weapons are going to be supplied to the Syrian opposition, we don’t know when it’s going to take place, we don’t know a lot of things.

“Senator [John] McCain said correctly – this is a regional conflict largely because of the influence of Iran and Russia supporting the Assad government.”

Bolton predicted that the most likely prospect in the coming month is that “the conflict simply grinds on,” while the U.S. ignores “the true root of the problem is, which is the regime in Tehran and Moscow.”


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