Albright on Syria: ‘No way this can be solved militarily’

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The White House has not indicated, however, whether it will provide heavy weaponry such as anti-tank and aircraft missiles, which rebel groups say are necessary to put an end to the two-year civil war.

Any political solution would likely need to be backed by the Russians, and the Assad regime still has support from the Kremlin. Secretary of State John Kerry has worked to recruit Russian President Vladmir Putin to the U.S. cause, but Russian-U.S. relations have been icy in recent months.

Albright said a political solution might entail the battling parties in Syria going through “the Geneva process” to come to an agreement on a transitional government, but acknowledged something of that order was “exceptionally complicated.”

The former secretary of State echoed a frequent claim by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has long been the most vocal member of Congress in calling on the Obama administration to intervene on behalf of rebel groups in Syria.

McCain has said intervention in Syria is necessary because the conflict is more than just a civil war — it’s a regional conflict in the Middle East and therefore threatens U.S. national security.

“The Syrian conflict for me is an area of great concern because it definitely is spreading through the region as kind of an ink blot,” Albright said. “I’m worried about what is happening in Lebanon and Jordan and in Iraq as a result of it.”

Still, Albright praised Obama’s “measured” response, saying the president has had to process a lot of “conflicting advice” on how to act.

“I do not think it is too little too late,” she said.

“The president has been measured in his response to it, and has been very careful I think in terms of getting advice, and obviously I can tell you there always is a lot of conflicting advice given to a president,” she added.