Former Secretary of State Albright weighs in on U.S.-Russia deal
Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 01:10
Sept. 15 - Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright discusses the U.S.-Russia plan to rid Syria of chemical weapons, saying she's ''a great believer” in the combination of force and diplomacy. Gavino Garay reports.
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Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told the CBS news program, Face the Nation, that President Barack Obama is right to keep the use of force against Syria 'on the table' as pressure to rid Syria of its chemical weapons.
SOUNDBITE (English) FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE MADELEINE ALBRIGHT SAYING:
"It is my belief that the threat of the use of force is what got us to where we are. I have always been a great believer in the combination of force and diplomacy, so I think it needs to be out there"
Democratic Senator Carl Levin of Michigan agreed with the former Secretary.
SOUNDBITE (English) SENATOR CARL LEVIN (D-MI)SAYING:
"This progress would not have been achieved without the threat of the use of a military strike by President Obama."
Secretary of State John Kerry struck a diplomatic deal in Geneva with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to disarm Syria's chemical weapons programs.
Top Republican lawmakers, however, are doubtful of the plan.
Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee:
SOUNDBITE (English) SENATOR BOB CORKER (R-TN) SAYING:
"I think Kerry went over there candidly with a weak hand...I think we should be skeptical until we see how this unfolds."
The agreement calls on Syria to account for its chemical stockpile within a week and allow for international inspections by the middle of next year.
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