Reed: No fly zone won’t deter Assad


Reed’s comments came in response to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) who pressed on Sunday for a no fly zone and more assistance for rebel groups.

McCain last week took a secret trip to Syria to meet with opposition leaders. Speaking before Reed on CBS, McCain warned that Assad now held the “upper hand” in the Syrian civil war and called for more lethal assistance to rebel forces.

Reed though backed the administration’s push for a diplomatic solution and expressed doubts that the opposition forces, even with help, could depose Assad’s regime.

“Without organizational coherence or training, if they have weapons or freer skies they still I don’t think will be a decisive factor,” he said.

Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart are pushing talks between the rebels and Assad’s government at an upcoming summit in Geneva.  

Reed said it was “critical that the Syrian opposition attend” those talks.  

“This calls ultimately for a political solution,” he said.