Former Ambassador to Afghanistan, Bush School Dean Discusses Conflict in Syria

By: KBTX Staff Email
By: KBTX Staff Email

Bryan Ryan Crocker, The Dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, talked with News Three Wednesday about the conflict in Syria.

Crocker is back at the school after taking a leave of absence to serve as Ambassador to Afghanistan.

Crocker says he's been in touch with the Obama administration and believes they are moving in the right direction. But we shouldn't think this will stop the civil war in Syria.

"Whatever happens I think this has strengthened the international regime against chemical weapons, so it is a good step," Crocker said. "But none of us should think for a minute it is going to effect the course of the civil war in syria. Assad (Syria's president) will continue to press his offensive. The rebels will continue to fight back and this bloody fight will go on."

"You can't extinguish them, you can only contain them," Crocker said. "That's Syria. We can't extinguish that fight. Neither side is ready. All we can do is try to contain it and keep it from spreading further into Lebanon, into Iraq, into Jordan, into Turkey. That's the best we can do right now and wait for circumstances to change."

Crocker says Syria admitting to having chemical weapons and saying it's prepared to put them under international control is a success in itself.

"It is important overall that the Syrians said 'yes, we have chemical weapons and we're prepared to put them under international control." That is a step forward," Crocker said.

Crocker also touched on his time in Afghanistan. He said the United States must be patient and continue working on the situation in the country to prevent another 9-11.

"9-11 came to us out of Afghanistan and the same people who brought it to us are poised and ready to take it back, if they can," Crocker said. "We are the guarantee they can't, but we've got to stick with it."

The Bush School Dean also talked about being back in College Station, "I could not be happier. This is home. I've been in Afghanistan, I've been at Yale. This is where I want to be and I've settled in the best part of America."

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