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Tue Aug 27, 2013, 06:25 AM

17. COLIN POWELL: Syria Is An 'Internal Struggle' That Is Beyond US Capabilities

http://www.businessinsider.com/colin-powell-syria-caution-2013-8

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell spoke cautiously Sunday about any possible Syrian intervention, warning that the two-year-old civil war was likely beyond U.S. capabilities to affect any meaningful change.
"I have no affection for Assad," Powell told Bob Schieffer on CBS' "Face the Nation," while mentioning he knows the Syrian president and has personally dealt with him. "He's a pathological liar."

However, Powell said, "I am less sure of the resistance. What do they represent? Is it becoming even more radicalized with more al Qaeda coming in, and what would it look like if they prevailed and Assad went? I don't know."

Calls for U.S.-led intervention have intensified in recent days after horrifying video footage emerged of an alleged chemical attack on Aug. 21. A senior administration official harbored "very little doubt" the Assad regime was behind the attack, despite their denials.



Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/colin-powell-syria-caution-2013-8#ixzz2dADqSiX3

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