Fareed sat down earlier this week with former President Bill Clinton. Watch the full and exclusive interview on “Fareed Zakaria GPS” this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1p.m. ET on CNN.
President Clinton, you’ve seen the agreement that the United States and Russia have reached on Syria; you’ve heard some of the criticisms…what do you think of it?
First of all, if it is implemented – a big IF – it is a good thing. And I agree with the president and Secretary Kerry and everybody else who has been involved in this – the United States needs to stand strong against chemical weapons, against the proliferation and use of them.
Now, there are some who say well, you know, this gives the initiative to Putin. And who cares how it came up? John Kerry got asked “well, what can we do to stop you from bombing?” And he said “make the problem go away.” So Putin says “OK, I’ll do that.” And so they say well, this puts Russia in a position of leverage and it guarantees that Assad is going to be in power for a while longer.
That’s a separate issue. But there is inherent and enduring benefit in taking a step that has the potential to rid the world of these chemical weapons, because it’s going to be difficult for anybody else to use them if this happens.