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good morning, everyone. welcome to "weekends with alex witt". here's what's happening out there. we have developing news on the crisis in syria. nbc news has learned the white house will brief republican senators on syria in a conference call today. this comes after president obama met with national security staff on friday. the president is considering a limited and narrow response. >> the world has an obligation to make sure that we maintain the norm against the use of chemical weapons. now, i have not made a final decision about various actions that might be taken to help enforce. >> the u.n. inspectors in syria left already, arriving in lebanon a little bit earlier today. last night, senator john mccain appeared on the "tonight show" and spoke about what needs to be
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done. >> the runways, the six airfields assad uses, i prevent him from using air power. i would get the weapons to the people who are fighting and dying as we speak. and i would probably get a safe zone so that they could go in and out of. by the way, you could do the that in one day. >> several protests were held against any u.s. action in syria. half americans believe the u.s. should not intervene. we begin with kristin welker at the white house. good morning. is this the last piece of business for clearing the way, this call of republican senators today? >> well, the certainly could be, alex. the obama administration has been steadily building its case to members of the public. they mapped out their case yesterday publicly. but members of congress really divided about how the obama
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administration should proceed here. some members of congress, rand paul, for example, saying that the president is going about this in the wrong way. senator john mccain, as you just heard, saying there needs to be a stronger response. he also said that the obama administration is really planning a cosmetic response. then you have other members of congress, alex, saying the president needs to call the entire body back from recess so they can vote on this. i don't anticipate this is actually going to happen. but house speaker john boehner saying the president needs to do a better job of mapping out his objectives. the strategy will be in what the end game will be. so i anticipate that this briefing will be aimed at sort of celling those concerns those concerns we have heard aired publicly. president obama making it very clear, though, at this point in time he is anticipating a limited strike. take a listen to a little bit more of what he had to say yesterday. >> we're not considering any
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open-ended commitment. we're not considering any boots-on-the-ground approach. we will consider options that meet the narrow concern around chemical weapons. >> now, the pentagon does have a military plan in place, alex. there are five missile destroyers in the mediterranean. some submarines there as well, as the obama administration continues to make its case to lawmakers. >> we have one of the lawmakers sitting here right now. representative meeks will join us in a moment. thank you. chemical weapons experts left syria. they crossed into neighboring lebanon a little bit earlier this morning. good day to you. these weapons experts leaving syria a little bit earlier than expected. does this suggest anything? >> not necessarily. you know, earlier in the week, the u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon said the team was
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specked spec speckspec expected to leave on saturday. they did. they left a few hours earlier than expected. they came to lebanon without much fanfare and left from the beirut airport. we understand from u.n. sources it may take up to two weeks before their findings can become official and public. they are expected to send some of the samples they collected, including blood and soil samples, tissue samples. they are supposed to send them to laboratories in europe and provide findings to the united nations. however, we do understand they are expected to brief the secretary-general in new york at some point early on sunday or perhaps even on monday. there's no indication that the united states is going to wait for that u.n. finding. because in the eyes of the u.s., as we heard yesterday, the determination has already been made. but for the time being, the u.n. inspectors on the ground are done with their work in determining exactly what happened on august 21st. alex? now, their assignment was to
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find out if a chemical weapon attack happened, correct? not to place certainty on who launched it. do we know they have come to a conclusive evidence of that? you're absolutely right. the mandate that was given to inspectors from the united nations was not to assign blame, not to determine who used chemical weapons but to determine if chemical weapons were simply used. for some that's already a foregone conclusion. from the thousands of videos that he emerged, the testimonies that have come out, from some of the arguments that the u.s. intelligence community made in that assessment that was declassified yesterday. the argument is there was definitely chemical weapons used. by the own syrian government's account, chemical weapons were used. shortly after that attack they came out with footage on state television showing what they alleged were chemical weapons found in areas held by the rebels. in fact, they also said their own soldiers, syrian military soldiers, were showing symptoms
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of chemical weapons attacks. yesterday they did manage to speak to some of those soldiers at a military hospital. it is a foregone conclusion that some chemical weapons was used. assigning the blame will not be the responsibility of the u.n. inspectors. the latest now from the pentagon. to do that we bring in jim mcla chef sky. when do we know if or when these air strikes might come. >> we are still waiting for the president's order to launch these air strikes. with the u.n. inspectors all out of syria, it clears the battle field for possible strikes. at this point on it could come at any time. what we have to keep in mind, however, is the strikes would most likely be conducted during the dark of night because that would reduce the potential for any collateral damage. there would be fewer civilians
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on the streets out and about anywhere near the potential targets, alex. >> okay, logistically, how does this go down? does the president make the singular decision? what's the chain of command there? >> the chain of command technically is the president would call the secretary of state, who calls the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. and he sends out the directions or the orders. but who knows? everybody is really plugged into this, keeping close attention. i think once the president gives the order, that's going to shoot out everywhere all at once. and there's a potential that once he gives that order that missiles could be flying at a short period of time. >> of course the big concern is that a a day after an air strike. has the pentagon at all addressed what the plan is for that? >> well, the plan -- well, immediately after the first round of air strikes, they will do bomb damage assessment. and that is surveillance from
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overhead to see what they hit, what they didn't hit, what they need to clean up. there could be two, maybe as many as three days of the cruise missile strikes to try to take out all the intended targets. the biggest concern is that they launch these strikes. the u.s. pulls back, says, well, we have done our due diligence here. and al assad and the military just ignores it. the history of success with these limited air strikes is really not very good. the most famous of all in 1998 when they were launched at osama bin laden in afghanistan only to have three years later launch the 911 attacks against the u.s. >> you're right, indeed. thank you, mick. joining me in studio, congressman gregory meeks, a member of the house foreign affairs committee. representative meeks, i understand you were briefed last night in a conference call.
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tell me what you learned from that call. >> i learned, first of all, the president has not made a decision yet, which i think is a good thing. >> contingent upon what? do you know what it is will be the tipping point? >> i don't know what it is. i hope he looks at it in its totality. you know, i was with the president most of the time. but i said from the beginning what is beginning is what should be the united states doing something unilateral. what is concerning me is all the reporting i'm hearing now. it's not the international community, it's the united states. it's not nato, it is the united states. >> france said they will offer support. >> there's so many other countries. we don't know, for example, where is germany? we don't know where they are. i know it is important for some of our allies. but this is -- if there's missiles that land, we're going to own it.
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not nato. it's the united states. and that to me will have grave consequences that we need to look at and how we are looked at and what happens afterwards. then what happens? is it our responsibility? do we get dragged into it? i think we need to just continue to slow down. the president, it's the important thing for him to do. >> you heard mick say the way this will go down the president will call secretary of state john kerry. let's listen to what he had to say. >> it is directly related to our credibility and whether countries still believe the united states, when it says something. they are watch to go see if syria can get away with it. because then maybe they, too, can put the world at greater risk. >> speak to that and what he just said. we have said this cannot be
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tolerated, so you have to put your power, behind your words, behind rhetoric. >> the world needs to do it. we need to do it collectively together. it is an international standard. it's not a standard that the united states set. it's something that we all say we have to do collectively. so therefore i think we have a responsibility to try to do it collectively. that's why i want to go back to washington. i would like to ask the administration for classified briefings and see if there's something i don't know that could change my mind. and i think that's important to have that kind of information. but based upon the information that i have thus far, we went through this with iraq. is there imminent threat right now that there will be another attack or something of that nature or if the the facts are what the facts are, let us see what the facts are. let us make sure we can relate the facts to all of the allies and to nato to get everybody on board.
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there's no need to rush into it. let the facts come out. and let the facts be what they are. i think we need to work a little bit harder that way so it's not the united states by itself. >> do you believe, sir, if the u.n. weapons inspectors return and they say, yes, this has definitely happened, which is a foregone conclusion to what we have all seen, do you think that will be enough to get the u.n. on board, or do you believe that russia is that stumbling block and without u.n. support we can't go forward either? >> i'm not -- >> or should not. >> i'm saying it would be a lot better than it did. that was the libya model. everybody was on board. we were able to do something. that's a lot better. i'm not saying we have to go that far. i understand there may be one or two countries that won't do anything because of what their political status is. but we need more than what we have, i believe. i don't believe we can say right now that it is nato and the arab
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league. we can't even say that. >> right. >> so i have some concerns when we are moving in that direction without them. >> if the president decides to go ahead he, sir, without the full approval of congress and votes and the consultations and the evidence you're asking for, how are we going to feel about that? what do you think you might do as a result? >> well, i have concerns. clearly, i think the president -- can the president, based upon the constitution, make a strike without the the vote is of congress? i think that if it's something less than 60 days, i think it's quite clear he has the authority to do that. i am asking the president, though, to move with all caution and to consider all the diplomacies, to consider all the other countries that should be engaged so it is not the united states. the image will be it's the united states that injected itself.
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that's a different connotation that can lead down the road to different headaches. we have to think about it in its entirety. what happens the day after. one of the things i wanted to know, for example, after you do the first strike. no one knows what's going to happen then. if there's retaliation by a, then what do you do? are we now brought into a war? the other countries don't have to come in because they're not engaged. it's just the united states. we have to move with caution and make sure it's not the united states. i don't want assad, if he utilized those chemical weapons, he should not get away with it. but it shouldn't be just the united states. there's an international standard. it should be the international community. >> you have well articulated your opinion. ruth bader ginsburg prepares to do something no other justice in history has done. why we might not get relief in quite a while. s brad. his day of coaching begins with knee pain, when... [ man ] hey, brad, want to trade the all-day relief of two aleve for six tylenol? what's the catch? there's no catch.
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we cannot accept a world where women and children and innocent civilians are gassed. this kind of attack threatens our national security interest. >> that is president obama addressing the syrian crisis on friday. he said he is weighing limited and narrow action against assad's government with no boots on the ground. joining me is joe sestak. thank you for joining me. >> thank you, alex. thank you. >> so, with all the cards out there, do we see them, trying to read the tea leaves, is a military strike inevitable? do you think it will happen? >> i think it is inevitable. and i think the president has to speak. he laid a red line out there, alex. i thought it was done fairly in
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artfully. he said if syria was to use chemical weapons, a whole bunch of them, that would change his calculus. if you go to the 82 countries i visited while i was in the united states navy, the word of the united states overseas, maybe not down in washington, but overseas does matter. this is a therapeutic strike. it's a bromine. if we don't act, after the president of the united states, the commander in chief has spoken, there is a red line, what does it mean to iran? what does it mean to north korea? what does it mean to hezbollah? look, these other nations are pursuing weapons of mass destruction. we have already drawn a red line for iran. i was in the white house when the red line was drawn. under president clinton, for north korea, he said you pull the plutonium out of it and begin to build a nuclear weapon, we will act. secretary kerry came to the white house that day and briefed
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the president on the divisions of army that were going to go to north korea, south korea in a few days because we were going to stand up to the red line. that's how the world looks at us. i think this is inevitable. i'll be honest, it isn't going to have any affect on assad and regime change. >> what you just said is the save face saving measure? >> i would say this is something that speaks to american credibility. when the president speaks, and he did this when he drew the red line i think at the very end of the press conference, the words have to be very carefully chosen. you can say what you want down in washington. it's unfortunately, the credibility, as i said there isn't much. but overseas, they read he every line in iran. they read every line in north korea. they want to know if the united states is going to back its word. so, yes, i think we're boxed in and we are striking primarily,
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as secretary kerry said, to speak to the rest of the world that we back up our word. it may be the right thing to do. but the lesson from this is when you're going to make a statement about a red line, make sure you understand the consequences afterwards. because we don't really know what they're going to be right now, alex. >> right. >> so that is a dilemma. as you posed to your guest before. >> what will these tomahawk missile strikes actually accomplish? can they wipe out chemical weapons? do we have the capacity to do that? strategically speaking, we know americans do not have an appetite for that at all, how effective would they be? >> these tomahawks are very effective. but we're not going to use them against where they store chemical weapons. it would blow up the chemical into the air and causality of collateral damage if we were to do that. we will be probably striking command centers of the syrian
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military, potentially command centers where some of the orders go out to use these chemical weapons. i don't know exactly the list, but i believe it will be one in the middle of the night, a strike. it will be one where civilian populus isn't nearby. it's going to be at nighttime so military personnel are probably not within the headquarters, or very much of them, to minimize that damage. this may have some impact upon command and control. but, again, it is not going to have an impact upon assad. he is so dug in for his own survival. for two and a half years, he had been there fighting for survival. so this is not going to have a change upon what is going to do. at least i don't believe. >> there are many who voice concern that it will only exacerbate the situation there. do you think post the strike -- are we capable of wiping out every delivery method that he has for these chemical weapons? or do you think with what he would have remaining he could
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potentially launch further strikes against his own people? >> he will after, i believe, this limited strikes of scores and scores of tomahawk cruise missiles. still has various means to deliver. in order to take out all his delivery vehicles you would have to have a strike of such size and depth that it would take weeks to do so. in order to do something like that it would take manned aircraft. because they are very sophisticated for a middle east country air defense radar systems that you would have to take down. then you would have to take down the the air force. his father has kphapbldcommande air force. they have power over the rebels thus far. if you want to have an impact on this war, that's what we have to do. and we should not. look, we do not want to have any boots on the ground. that's why it has to be a limited strike. this is a strike that shows the
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united states will keep its word. we have backed ourselves into this. i'm not saying the president was wrong to say using chemical weapons would mean we would act. but i'm not sure they thought through all the consequences and the true objective weeks and phog a months ago when it was said. >> thank you very much. so is a u.s. strike on syria justifiable? talk to me on twitter. i will be reading some of your tweets throughout the day. >> ahead, who is syria's first lady? why is she being compared to marie antoinette? [ man ] this isn't my first career. but it might just be my favorite. [ female announcer ] welcome to the new aarp. we're ready to help you rediscover purpose and passion with programs like life reimagined to inspire you and connect you, resources to help turn your goals and dreams into real possibilities.
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welcome back to we"weekends with alex witt". the team carried out a fourth
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and final day of investigations friday into last week's alleged chemical weapons strike outside damascus as they brace for a possible strike from the u.s. richard engel is in turkey. he will tell me the name of that city. it borders syria. that much i know. good day to you. what did the inspector collect. >> this is the ancient city of antioch. actually, one of the oldest churches in the world is right on that hill behind me. antiochia. >> you see why i was a bit confused. the information these inspectors collected. and did they leave early? >> they left a little early when you compared it to their original schedule. it wasn't an emergency evacuation. it was known they would leave on saturday and that they would head back to lebanon and go
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about their work to try to collect -- to verify and further independent the samples they collected. and the samples were hair, blood, urine, some items that were gathered at the sites of these alleged chemical weapons attacks that now the u.s. says absolutely took place and killed more than 1,400 people on august 21st. the u.n. mission already, by the way, has hinted that there were poisoned gas attacks. it looks likely a poison gas was used. inspectors haven't come out with definitive findings yet. >> richard, where you are there in turkey, what kind of position does turkey hold on this? and how -- i guess how much are they in peril should the u.s. strike? what are the ramifications for that country? >> turkey has been impacted by this war primarily by the
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refugees. and there has been enormous influx of syrian refugees into this area and all of the border region. in some of the towns now in turkey that are close to the syrian border, more syrians than turks. it has provided humanitarian assistance to tens of thousands of syrians who are in this conflict, who are now refugees as part of this conflict. if there is escalation of conflict, it could have more refugees. it is worried about what could happen in the border region. there have been extra turkish troops sent to the border in the last two and a half years of fighting. you have seen artillery and missiles fired from the regime or the rebels. it's not exactly clear. that have landed inside turkey. there have been car bombings here. a turkish plane was shot down
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believed by syrian forces. it has a lot to lose if it gets further out of control. >> richard, i know that turkey is one of the places that you call home when you are there in the middle east. in general, with your vast experience in that part of the world, what is your greatest concern should the u.s. launch these strikes? >> i'll answer i think with humility because i don't think anyone really knows. i've been here a long time. but vast experience might be a little bit of embellishment, but thank you. i would worry this strike would just agitate the regime. the the regime could decide to use this as an opportunity to respond with great force. that if it has -- if the united states has been collecting targets and is now using the opportunity to use chemical weapons attacks to attack some of the targets, well, the regime
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also has its own target list against the rebels and might decide to unleash its own wave of attacks. don't forget the rebel dynamic in all of this. this is not just a fight between the united states and syria. really syria is fighting an enormous disenfranchised and multi-headed rebel movement which plans to launch a simultaneous attack with any u.s. strike. so if the u.s. starts to attack, and the syrians start to fireback in a major way, and the rebels launch their own offensive, you could see an escalation of violence in the country that is quite of dramatic scale. >> all right. unnecessarily humble foreign correspondent. thank you very much, richard engel in antakya. deputy senior middle east adviser to jimmy carter and jack jacobs, medal of honor
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recipient. so glad you gentlemen are both here. let's listen to secretary kerry's words yesterday. i want to have you read some of what he said for me. >> we need to ask what is the risk of doing nothing? it matters because if we choose to live in a world where a thug and a murderer, like bashar al assad can gas thousands of his own people with impugnity even after allies said no, and then the world does nothing about it, there will be no end to the test of our resolve. >> ambassador ginsburg, the strict and force of his words, is there any indication to you that there are plans for something more than a retaliatory strike? >> no. everything that the administration has broadcast here and literally put it up in neon lights is that whatever we do here, at least in so far as
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the chemical weapons attack, it's going to be a surgical attack on command and control of the assad military. that said, let's understand this is not an isolated situation where the united states is somehow or another only involved in this. the united states has been providing intelligence support to certain amounts of the rebels. we have been facilitating some. there has been humanitarian support by the united states. the idea that somehow or another that they get the impression that the united states is not involved in this conflict is incorrect. even if it shoots off these weapons. however, the president has made it very clear, with all of these assets of involvement, humanitarian, intelligence, and now perhaps the cruise missile attack, he's not going to put boots on the ground. he's not going to use the united states air force to change -- or boots on the ground to change the the nature against the assad regime. >> so here you are outlining military plans.
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and i'm going to ask you, colonel, let's pick up on the word neon lights. as a military man, an analyst, how unique is it we're just laying out step by step only the exact spots where we will strike and the exact timing needs to be seen. how unique is that? >> we are telegraphing and hoping people will change their behavior not recognizing it doesn't change their behavior. it's kind of irrelevant whether they know we're coming or not and irrelevant if they know where it's coming or when it's coming because the whole objective is is that it's a punitive counterstrike. it is a limited objective attack intended to try to convince bashar al assad that he shouldn't do what he's done. >> and the chances of that happening are? >> zero. it's not going to overturn the
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regime. it may, as richard suggested, it may in fact, in flame the situation and attacks on civilians may increase. if assad feels he's in the middle of an existential fight that he can't win, instead of giving up, he's much more -- he's a maniac. he's much more likely to strike out in civilians much worse than he's already done. >> ambassador, we talk about the fact that the united states is involved to some degree. we may be helping to facilitate arms deliveries and things to rebels. how confident are you about our actions doing that? are we very certain on who would would potentially arm? >> no. the problem has always been ever since this three-year civil war began with hundreds of thousands of casualties, we should have been far more involved diplomatly early on. the contagion spread to turkey,
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lebanon, israel, iraq, al qaeda getting into the situations right now. we have to understand we have principals that are important for our allies to stand up for involving our credibility. however, this is a sectarian war. this is a war between shiite and sunni more than anything else. the arc of this conflict spreading across the middle east is what this is all about. >> okay. gentlemen, thank you very much for your insights. we have new questions about the first lady of syria. the humble back seat.
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have anything to do with syria? >> yes. it absolutely has something to do with syria. analysts expecting it to go to $3.60 as soon as next week. it has everything to do with this crisis as this situation escalates investors are worried it will have a major impact on prices. two year and six month highs respectively. the average american is spending $191 a month in fuel costs. expect that to go up. >> further for me, that's for sure. weather forecast not looking like a holiday weekend for the beach and barbecue. might be a good time to hit the sails. >> right. we're looking at incredible sails. brooks brothers, sears, target. also oakley, the sun glass retailers. one of the reasons why is they want to get that merchandise out
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of their stores. bringing in discounts 50% and 85% off. >> you know, we usually get lower prices when you pay with cash at the gas pump. what about in july with the home sales in florida? all these cash sales. >> right. this is interesting. in south florida, home sales are now about 69% of the home sales are being done in cash. that's above the national average of 40%. one of the reasons why is banks want to get the bad loans off the books. so what they are doing is taking a cash sale for a 30% lower price. the problem with that is it's edging out the new home buyers, the ones that need mortgages. analysts are a little unsettled with that. really there's no inventory out there, especially in the major metropolitan areas. >> definitely two sides to that story. good to see you. as the u.s. moves closer to possible strikes in syria, there are questions about the leadership of that country and the first lady who was born and raised in europe.
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erica hill has her story. >> in pictures, she appears to be the ultimate first lady. active in charity work, perfectly styled, well educated. a 2011 vogue called her glamorous, young and very chicago. >> very much into fashion. always looking her best. like to travel. she's also very well educated. >> born in london in 1975 to syrian parents, assad was raised and educated in england. she worked in banking, before quitting in late 2000 to move to syria and married president bashir al assad where she settled into charity work. syria expert taylor first met assad in 2002. >> she was always seen as the kinder, gentler face of a brutal regime. >> she was also a minority in the assad family. a sunni muslim offering hope to the sunni population.
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>> at first she was very well liked. but over time, as the regime's behavior got worse, she was seen as someone who very much had gone in with president al assad. >> the mother of three has stood by her husband, despite rumors at one point she fled the country with their three children. leaked e-mails obtained by the guardian appeared to show her spending lavishly even as the city of palms, her ancestral home was attacked. >> the accounts have her buying pieces of art online is examine other types of high-end shopping. >> as the world tkpwraegrapples chemical attacks, it is clearly hoping to show a different side of the first lady. smiling as she prepares food for refugees. preparing boxes with her husband. surrounded by seemingly adoring syrians.
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pictures that have inspired comparisons to a modern day marie antoinette. it has reintroduced that vogue profile, which was sharply criticized and to speak with nbc news told the "daily beast" last year she regrets it. >> the message that asma al assad gave me every day for a week was how much she cared about the children of syria and how she wanted to empower them. i had serious misgivings. >> whatever the assads true story may be, two years into this brutal conflict, it's far from the fairy tail they tried desperately to portray. >> and that was erica hill reporting. the anniversary of the death of princess diana. why there are new questions surrounding the day she died, next. okay, listen up! i'm re-workin' the menu.
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today marks 16 years since the death of princess diana. the anniversary comes as
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scotland yard launches an investigation into new claims she was murdered by member of the british military. joining me is the editor at the daily beast. nico, let's talk about the article you wrote about. you are talking about the man at the center of all these claims this, former british army soldier. and recently released convict. let's talk about his credibility and what he's saying. >> that's right. on one hand you have to say this guy is extremely credible because he was a member of the most elite squad of the british army. that puts him in the highest echelon in the british system. however, there are also a lot of questions about this man. as you say, he was a convict. he was convicted and spent two years in the military prison for illegally owning firearms that he'd brought back from the war zones. he also was a man who seemed to have a few problems. the actual claims about diana come from a letter that was sent by his in-laws warning the sas that perhaps this guy was losing his mind.
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>> so putting all that together, he is a convicted criminal. he's out now. he may be losing his mind as a result of the ptsd when he was talking about this with his in-laws. how credible is this being considered, and is there something that would refute what was found in the original investigation that said that it was an accident? >> how credible is a question of who you ask, i guess. if it wasn't for the fact scotland yard had confirmed they were looking at these claims, i think everybody would have just shrugged this off and thought it was, yeah, another of these conspiracy theories. however, the head of the former head of scotland yard who held one of the most exhaustive investigations into the potential murder of princess diana has said that this is a new claim and scotland yard do say they are investigating it. so you can't throw it out entirely, i guess, but i think ultimately it's just going to turn out to be another of these crazy theorys about a moment that really did affect british life so significantly all those years ago.
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>> nico, i guess i'm looking at the prospect of an assassination and trying to figure out with what we know happened to diane ashe was in a car accident. that car was speeding, chased by paparazzi, ran right into, you know, the center divider of that tunnel in paris. i mean, when you talk about assassination, you think bullets. you think maybe drugs and things like that. where would the assassination part even stem from? >> well, one of the papers over here actually ran a story this weekend saying, if we had assassinated her, this is how we would have done it. and it was a kind of fantasy version of the way that she did die. so they had a car racing up behind diana as it intoed into that tunnel so as to encourage the driver to speed and they'd already know he'd been drinking. someone could have tipped a bit of extra alcohol in the glass he'd been enjoying in the hotel. as this theory goes, there's
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then a motor bike comes in front of the car and some of the eyewitnesses do report seeing flashes in the tunnel. now, obviously, one explanation for that might be it was the paparazzi taking photographs. however, there are apparently, there is a kind of flash laser device that sas and intelligence groups can use and have used that can temporarily blind somebody or at least distract them whilst they're driving. >> we'll see if this all comes to pass as being truthful. that's a wrap of this weekend af "weekends with alex witt." i'll look for you at noon again. right now "up with steve kornacki." or even my mood. that's when i talked with my doctor. he gave me some blood tests... showed it was low t. that's it. it was a number. [ male announcer ] today, men with low t have androgel 1.62% testosterone gel. the #1 prescribed topical testosterone replacement therapy increases testosterone when used daily. women and children should avoid contact with application sites.
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