Press TV has conducted an interview with Gordon Duff, senior editor with Veterans Today from Ohio, about the crisis underway in Syria.
The following is an approximate transcript of the interview.
It seems the US has ruled out the possibility of a political solution to the crisis in Syria. What's going to happen in the near future, do you think?
We have a couple of issues to take into mind. First of all, there has been no time in the past that the US government has ever said it didn’t have conclusive evidence. So, this is the first time the US has ever claimed that it wanted proof before it acting and right now the government claims that it has no proof.
Is this a good sign or a bad sign?
It’s a sign that reflects statements that have been made over the past few weeks by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey who has long stated that the US has no way to be involved in Syria, that it has no way to ever seek a resolution, no way to get out.
This is the other important US policy; the US believes that if it destabilizes and destroys the Assad regime, the regime to replace it will be an enemy to the United States. The US government has already stated that policy.
So, regime change is definitely not in the cards for the Obama administration. It’s not a desired goal and that’s clearly stated.
With regards to the recent chemical attack, how much is there that the UN investigation team can do to, first of all, prove who did it and prevent perhaps a possible attack from the US?
The UN investigation team has been entirely compromised. They will be presenting evidence to indict the Assad regime. They will be fabricating that evidence. We’re aware of that.
Recent investigations by journalists operating in the state of Georgia have found the facility that has produced the weapons. That facility was turned by the Georgian government over to the US. The facility’s named after Senator Jack Kemp. It is producing both sarin and VX gas. The weapons have been traced back there. There’s been an attempt to make this public.
This is very much an act of desperation. It’s driven by the Israeli lobby in the United States. The UN will be working with it and it is quite possible that the Obama administration will administer what we will say is some sort of perfunctory attack against Syria in a haphazard manner in order to silence critics and move on. It would be a shame if that were to happen. It would be duplicitous, cowardly and stupid. Frankly, it’s also likely.
Very briefly, sir, at the end of the day, how much room is there for a political solution?
There’s no room for the United States to be involved in any political solution. Assad is clearly winning the war. This act of desperation on the part of al-Qaeda working with representatives working high in the US government - Senator McCain, Senator Graham, Senator Rand Paul - who are working close with al-Nusra, al-Qaeda and with rogue elements within Israeli intelligence are totally responsible for these chemical attacks. We know it. The proof is being garnered and there is no responsible authority to send it to.