Assad: U.S. ‘Should Expect Every Action’ If It Strikes Syria

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from The Huffington Post,

‘CBS This Morning’ previewed an interview with Syria’s President Bashar Assad that Charlie Rose conducted in Damascus.

In the interview, Assad denies his administration used chemical weapons and criticized U.S. foreign policy. At one point, he compares President Obama’s policies to the policies of former president George W. Bush.

Refuting John Kerry’s claims that he has seen evidence that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people, Assad said, “We have the precedent of Colin Powell ten years ago when he showed the evidence [that Iraq had WMDs], it was false and it was forged.”

He also threatened full retaliation if the U.S. strikes Syria.

“You should expect everything… expect every action,” Assad said. “Not necessarily from the government.”

He said the United States’ credibility was at an “all-time low.”

“What do wars give America?” Assad said. “No political gain, no economic gain, no good reputation. United States is at all-time, credibility is at all-time low. So this war is against the interests of the United States.”

After Rose asked whether chemical weapons were worse than nuclear weapons, Assad sneered and said, “I don’t know, we haven’t tried either.”

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