Transcript for Presidential Candidates Debate Humanitarian Crisis in Aleppo
The heartbreaking video of a five year old Syrian boy named armor on sitting in an ambulance after being pulled from the rubble rubble after an airstrike in a lap well. Focused the world's attention on the horrors of the war in Syria with a 136. Million views on FaceBook allow. But there are much worse images coming out of aware pro every day now we're in the past few weeks alone 400 people have been killed at least 100 a damn. Children just days ago the State Department called for a war crimes investigation of the Syrian regime a Bashar Al Assad. And its ally Russia for their bombardment of a lack while so this next question comes from social media through FaceBook. Diane from Pennsylvania asks if you were president what would you do about Syria. And humanitarian. Crisis in electro. Isn't it a lot like the Holocaust when the US waited too long before we help Secretary Clinton we will begin with your two minutes. Well. The situation in Syria is catastrophic. And every day take. Goes by we see the results of the regime. By a sod in partnership with the Iranians on the ground the Russians in the air. Bombarding places in particular a lap though. Where there are hundreds of thousands of people probably about 250000. Still left. And there is a determined effort by the Russian air force to destroy. A lap well in order to. Eliminate. The last of the Syrian rebels who are really holding out against the Asad regime. Russia hasn't paid any attention to ices their interest sitting keeping aside in power. So I when I was secretary of state advocated. And I advocate today a no fly zone and safe zones we need some leverage with the Russians. Because they're not going to. Come to the negotiating table for a diplomatic. Resolution unless there is some leverage over them. And we have to work more closely with our partners and allies on the ground. But I want to emphasize that what. Is at stake here is the ambitions and the aggressiveness. A Russia. Russia has decided that it's all in in Syria. And they've also decided who they want to see become president the United States to and it's not me. I've stood up to Russia I've taken on gluten and others and I would do that as president I think. Wherever we can cooperate with Russia that's fine and I did as secretary of state that's how we got a treaty reducing nuclear weapons. It's how we got the sanctions on Iran. That put a lid on the Iranian nuclear program without firing a single shot. So I would go to the negotiating table with more leverage than we have now. But I do support the effort to investigate. For crimes war crimes committed by a Syrians and the Russians and try to hold. Them accountable ankle secretary question what if you're a terrorist secretary of state with these so called line in the sand. Which I was I was thought I hate character but but you're not got tactics used at some you are cleaning viewers to contact Erica White House. And perhaps. Sadly Obama probably still listen general ticket be listen he's very much anymore. Obama draws the line in the sand hit who's. Left at all over the world what happened. Now with that being said. She talks tough against rush. But our nuclear program has fallen way behind and they've gone. Wild with a nuclear program not connect our government shouldn't have let that to happen Russian. His new. In terms of nuclear we year old retired were exhausted in terms of nuclear. A very bad thing as she talks tough she talks really tough against against. Putin and against a sound. She talks in favor of the rebels Hughes even who the rebels are in every time we take rebels. Whether it's in Iraq or anywhere else would we are arming people. You know what happens. They end up being worst and the people look at what she did in Libya with Qaddafi. Conduct resent its amassed and by the way ice is has a good chunk of their oil I'm sure you probably have heard that. It was a disaster because the fact is almost everything she's done in foreign policy has been a mistake and it's been a disaster. But if you look at rush just take a look at Russian. Look at what they did to this week where I agree she wasn't there but possibly. She's consulted we sign a pastry have villains are all excited. Well what Russia did at with a side and by the way with the Rand who you may very powerful. With the dumbest deal perhaps I've ever seen in the history of deal making. The Iran deal with the 150 billion dollars with a one point seven billion in cash which is enough cash and Philip there's room. But look at look at that deal. Iran now and Russia are now against us says she wants to fight she wants to fight for rebels has only one problem didn't even know who the rub. Sorry mr. trump sold their truck repairs and it got to stay here till I don't doctor Saad at all but his shot is killing. Ices Russia is killing ices and Iran is killing ices and those three are now lined up because of our week. Foreign policy. Mr. trump well let me repeat the question. If you were president. What would you do about Syria and humanitarian. Crisis in a weapon out and I don't want to remind you what you're running mate sad. He said provocations by Russian need to be met with American strength and better if Russia continues to be involved in airstrikes along with the Syrian government forces of aside. The United States of America should be prepared to use military force to strike the military targets of the Asad regime. Can he and I haven't spoken and I disagree. I disagree disagreements are ready to knock out nicest right now serious funding crisis. We have people the want to fight both at the same time but serious no longer Syria Syria's Russian. And it's Saran who she made strong and Kerry and Obama made into a very powerful nation in a very rich nation. Very very quickly very very quickly. I believe we have to get crisis. We have to worry about places before we couldn't get too much more involved yet a chance to do something Syria they had a chance and that was the line. What do you think cabinet to look I'll haul I think a lot always a disaster humanitarian workers won't happen and it fault I think. That it basically has fallen OK it basically sort limitation that you take a look at most of the biggest problem I have with. The stupidity of our foreign policy we have Mosul they think a lot of the ice is leaders are no so. So we have announcements coming out of Washington and coming out of Iraq we will be attack in Mosul in three weeks or four weeks. While all of these bad leaders. Prices are leaving Russell why can't they do it quietly why can't they do the attack may get a sneak attack. And after the attack is made inform the American public that we've knocked out to leaders we've had a tremendous success. People leave why do they have to say we're going to be attacking muscle within the next four to six weeks which is what to say how stupid is a country. There are sometimes reasons the military does that cycle like I can't argue Annie I can't think of it in my good how we get generally and now at we have looked. I have 200 generals and admirals who endorsement. I have to want. They understand why can't they do something secretive link with they go in and they knocked. Out the leadership power. Why would these people stay there I've been reading now here I read a share for weeks about muscle that it's the harbor of wherever you know between Iraq and Mosul. This is where they think the ices leaders are. Why would they be safe didn't staying there anymore they done. Because everybody shook at about how Iraq. Which is us with our leadership goes in to fight and also now with these 200 admirals and generals. They can't believe it or let's say is this general George Patton. General Douglas me Gotham are spinning in their graves at the stupidity. Of what we're doing in the Middle East I'm. To go to Secretary Clinton Secretary Clinton you wanna side to value advocated arming rebels but it looks like that may be too late for a leapt out. You talk about diplomatic efforts does have failed cease fires have failed. Would you introduced the threat of US military force beyond a no fly zone against the Asad regime to back up diplomacy. I would not. Use American ground forces in Syria I think that would be a very serious mistake. I don't think American troops should be. Holding territory which is what they would have to do as an occupying force I don't think that is a Smart strategy. I do think the use of special forces which were using. The use of in a blurs and trainers in Iraq which is had some positive effects. Are very much in our interests and so I do support what is happening but. I don't what would you do differently than president Obama's Laurie mark mark I hope that by the time night in front everything. I hope by the time I am president. That we will have pushed ice is out of Iraq I do think that there is a good chance that we can take Mosul. And you know O'Donnell says he knows more about crisis and the generals know he doesn't. There are a lot of not very important planning going on and some of that is to signal. Two Sunnis in the area as well as Kurdish cash America fighters. That we all need to be in this and that takes a lot of planning and preparation. I would go after bag daddy I would specifically. Target bag daddy. Because I think are targeting of al-Qaeda leaders I was involved a lot of those operations highly classified ones. Made a difference so I think that could help. I would also consider arming the Kurds the Kurds have than our best partners in Syria as well as Iraq. And I know there's a lot of concern about that in some circles but I think they should have the equipment they need so that Kurdish and Arab fighters. On the ground are the principal way that we take rock after pushing iasis out of. Iraq thank you very much we're going to be an astonishing I don't remitted over and you don't stop her. When I go 12 oversight hadn't nanny ever it's really very Internet sources over.
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