Former Syrian ambassador rips US policy - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Former Syrian ambassador rips US policy

Posted: Updated:
Robert Ford, former U.S. ambassador to Syria, says America's policy toward the war-torn nation has produced little results. (Source: CNN) Robert Ford, former U.S. ambassador to Syria, says America's policy toward the war-torn nation has produced little results. (Source: CNN)
  • News from SyriaMore>>

  • British jihadists join ISIS for jihad

    British jihadists join ISIS for jihad

    Friday, July 4 2014 12:29 PM EDT2014-07-04 16:29:09 GMT
    ISIS has issued a call to jihad and is using a propaganda video to recruit new followers, many from Europe.
    ISIS has issued a call to jihad and is using a propaganda video to recruit new followers, many from Europe.
  • Surviving in Syria

    Surviving in Syria

    Saturday, November 16 2013 2:57 PM EST2013-11-16 19:57:00 GMT
    Scud missiles are being dropped on Aleppo, turning parts of the city into rubble. (Source: CNN)Scud missiles are being dropped on Aleppo, turning parts of the city into rubble. (Source: CNN)
    Survivors are barely hanging on from the devastation of the Syrian civil war.
    Survivors are barely hanging on from the devastation of the Syrian civil war.
  • Skepticism surrounds Russia's proposed deal with Syria

    Skepticism surrounds Russia's proposed deal with Syria

    Saturday, September 21 2013 4:24 PM EDT2013-09-21 20:24:00 GMT
    With the U.S. backing off its push for military action in Syria, world leaders are watching to see if the Damascus regime will give up its chemical weapons stockpile.
    With the U.S. backing off its push for military action in Syria, world leaders are watching to see if the Damascus regime will give up its chemical weapons stockpile.
  • InternationalMore>>

  • Russia ordered to pay $50 billion over Yukos

    Russia ordered to pay $50 billion over Yukos

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:16 PM EDT2014-07-28 20:16:08 GMT
    The former majority shareholder in Yukos Oil Company says it has won in excess of $50 billion in a court ruling against Russia.
    Russian President Vladimir Putin's government must pay $50 billion for using tax claims to destroy Yukos, once the country's largest oil producer, and its Kremlin-critical CEO, an international court has ruled.
  • Fighting in Ukraine prompts residents to flee

    Fighting in Ukraine prompts residents to flee

    Monday, July 28 2014 3:47 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:47:50 GMT
    Officials in rebellion-wracked eastern Ukraine say at least eight civilians have been killed by fighting and shelling in two cities held by separatist militants.
    Panicky residents in an eastern Ukrainian town fled their homes Monday carrying a few possessions in plastic bags and small suitcases as shells exploded in the distance, fighting that also prevented an international police...
  • Oil depot ablaze amid clashes in Libyan capital

    Oil depot ablaze amid clashes in Libyan capital

    Monday, July 28 2014 3:47 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:47:26 GMT
    The Libyan government is appealing for "international help" after several oil tankers caught fire amid clashes over the country's international airport in the capital, Tripoli.
    A fire at the oil depot for the airport in Libya's capital raged out of control Monday after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, the latest violence to plague the...

WASHINGTON, DC (CNN) – Syrians headed to the polls on Tuesday to elect a president in voting that current leader Bashar al-Assad is expected to win big.

Three years ago President Barack Obama said, "Assad must go."

And with the death toll climbing past 160,000, and about 9 million refugees inside and outside Syria, western leaders and their regional allies admit their policy so far has been a colossal failure.

Robert Ford was America's last ambassador to Syria.

But he stepped down in May because he says he could no longer defend the Obama administration's policy.

"I was no longer in position where I felt I could defend the American policy," he said. "We have been unable to address either the root causes of the conflict in terms of the fighting on the ground and the balance on the ground, and we have a growing extremism threat. And there really is nothing we can point to that's been very successful in our policy except the removal of about 93 percent of some of Assad's chemical materials. But now he's using chlorine gas against his opponents."

Copyright 2014 CNN. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

5600 Avenue A
Lubbock, TX. 79404

FCC Public File
publicfile@kcbd.com
806-744-1414
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KCBD. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.