Judy Miller: Assad 'Must Be Held Accountable'

Monday, 16 Sep 2013 06:00 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Award-winning journalist and Newsmax contributor Judy Miller says it's doubtful whether Syrian President Bashar Assad will be punished for the use of chemical weapons on rebel forces.

"He has accountability. He must be held accountable for it and responsible for it," Miller told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"But under the plan that's now shaping up to disarm Syria of chemical weapons — that it didn't even acknowledge it had until this week — it's not clear that any price will be paid for this attack and the other attacks, which we believe the Syrian government conducted."

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Miller, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, said she has "grave doubts" as to whether a military strike against Syria by the United States would have been effective, or approved by the American public.

"A lot of Americans had second thoughts about it and they never changed their views on that. In fact, the more the president spoke, the worse it got for him," she said.

But, she added, the acceptance of Russian President Vladimir Putin's proposal to disarm Syria of chemical weapons "has now made America Bashar's partner and he's going to remain there.

"Some people may think that's a good thing because the alternative to his leadership may very well be al-Qaida, whom the United States has been fighting for the past 12 years."

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