Panetta: We Have To Back Up The Rebels


Former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta appeared on NBC’s Today show Thursday to discuss the latest in the ongoing Syrian crisis.

Speaking with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, Panetta advised that it is in our country’s best interest “to back up the rebels,” cautioning that “if we can’t get them to cough up their chemical weapons, we will conduct this limited attack.”

Panetta warned that America must act quickly and not let the Syria situation drag on. He argued the U.S. must set some type of time limit for talks and negotiations, not a “deadline” per se, but something must be in place to ensure that the country is not waiting for months without a solution.

He acknowledged that the Syria situation is intricate and perplexing, but that America’s reputation and credibility with the rest of the world is on the line, and swift action was necessary.