Obama is scheduled for no less than six interviews on Monday, trying to answer all that needs to be answered and (he’s hoping) getting support for a military intervention in Syria, but he has been beaten to it by his present opponent Bashar al-Assad to it! (We wonder if it is a sign?)
Charlie Rose interviewed Syria's president Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Sunday. The interview is scheduled to be aired on the "Charlie Rose Show" Monday night — the same day as President Obama's recorded interviews with six networks will make it on the air!
Portions of the interview will also air on Monday's "CBS This Morning" and other platforms across CBS News.
It is the first interview that al-Assad has given to an American news network in two years-not since the Barbara Walters interview back in 2011 that is!
During the interview, Bashar al-Assad denied that he had deployed the lethal nerve gas against his people.
He also said he didn't necessarily expect a U.S. attack but if there is, there would be some kind of retaliation if a strike was made. He did not, however, elaborate on the kind of response he was hinting at.
According to Charlie Rose, "He had a message to the American people that it had not been a good experience for them to get involved in the Middle East in wars and conflict in the Middle East. That the result had not been good, and that they should not get involved, and that they should communicate through their Congress and through their leadership in Washington not to authorize a strike."
When asked if he felt any remorse over the attacks, he said, 'Of course I do,' but according to Rose, it did not come in a way that was sort of deeply felt inside." In fact, Rose said,"It was much more of a calm recitation of anybody who's a leader of a country would feel terrible about what's happened to its citizens."