Is Obama's Syria Policy Working? Carney Says Yes

Amid bleak assessments of Syria's civil war, ABC's Jonathan Karl presses the White House on its strategy
3:00 | 02/12/14

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For follow on that acknowledging that there may not be a better policy out there right now certainly. That that there could -- policies that -- would be worse isn't it time. To acknowledge that when it comes to easing the humanitarian crisis in Syria the president's policy is that an absolute failure I mean you had. The Director of National Intelligence tell congress. That the situation on the ground is an apocalyptic disaster. How could we look at the policy towards Syria as anything other. The failure. John we provide more humanitarian aid -- the Syrian people than any other nation on earth. And we -- continue to when talking ministers and the crisis within Syrians as the crisis has gotten worse. -- grip on power. Has not weakened. All it'll -- over the past year. And we have our own top intelligence -- saying it's apocalyptic disaster how is that anything but a failure. The crisis in Syria is a crisis. The circumstances on the ground are horrific. That is why we have to bring. The parties together. To try to compel them towards a negotiated political settlement because there isn't. A military solution here beside -- she's not going to win militarily. And the aside. The the -- Syrian people are not going to abide by a future in which aside. Continues to govern. That creates a stalemate and that's why it has to be negotiator has to be based on the Geneva principles -- has to be a negotiated political settlement. There's no question that the circumstances on the ground. Are terrible and they are exacerbated by. A failure. Those countries could help improve the humanitarian situation on the ground. From taking actions do that through the united nations security. We're gonna continue to press for that kind of action we're gonna continue to provide. Assistance to the opposition. And we're going to continue to be the leader in providing humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people.

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