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m'm! m'm! good! >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. hello, everyone, i'm ashleigh banfield. and it is tuesday, september 10th. a busy day. we're going to start with breaking news, syria accepting the russians' plan to turn over chemical weapons to international control. this is absolute a dramatic turn of events causing president obama to put a bit of a pause in the bid to attack syria for launching an alleged chemical attack on civilians last month. russia's proposal came yesterday, as mr. obama was preparing to make his case for a military strike against syria to the american people in a prime time address tonight, he's planning to continue that effort. it starts at 9:00 eastern. and cnn is going to bring it to you live. but right now, we've got a list of the countries that have come out in support of the russian
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plan. syria, iran, china, france and britain. france is digging deeper into the plan, in fact, today, taking its own proposal on syria to the united nations security council. its key points condemn the chemical weapons attack last month which killed united states says 1,400 civilians including approximately 400 children. require syria to identify its wednesday of mass destruction an put them under international control. deploy international inspectors on the ground in syria, and a warning to syria of unspecified and severe consequences in the assad regime violates any part of this agreement. now, president obama has addressed these surprise developments if an interview with cnn's wolf blitzer. wolf started by asking if the russian plan could actually avert a united states attack on
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syria. >> it's possible if it's real. you know, i think it's certainly a positive development when the russians and the syrians both make gestures towards dealing with these chemical weapons. this is what we've been asking for, not just over the last week or the last month, but for the last couple of years. because these chemical weapons pose a significant threat to all nations. and to the united states in particular. that's why, 98% of humanity has said we don't use these. that protects our troops. and it protects children like the ones that we saw in those videos inside of syria. so it is a potentially positive development. i have to say that it's unlikely that we would have arrived at that point where there are even public statements like that, without a credible military threat to deal with the chemical weapons used inside of syria but we're going to run this to ground.
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john kerry and the international team will engage with the russians and the international community to see can we arrive at something that is enforceable and serious. one reason this may have a chance of success, is is that even syria's allies like iran detest chemical weapons. iran, unfortunately, was the target of chemical weapons at the hands of saddam hussein at the end of the iraq war. it doesn't solve the underlying problems of civil war in syria. but it does solve the problem i'm trying to focus on right now is which making sure you don't have 400 children gassed with chemical weapons. >> again, wolf blitzer joins me from washington, d.c. the president sounding confident to get has his message out to the american people. but it doesn't seem like the
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american people, "a," be interested, or "b" want to listen what he has to say? >> as you point out they don't want the united states to get involved in another war in syria along the lines of let's say, iraq or afghanistan. we've got poll numbers i'm going to show our viewers, for example. take a look at this. is the president a strong and decisive leader? the country eventually divided, 50% of the country saying yes. 49% saying no. but that's down from earlier polls. here's another poll, let's put it up on the screen right now. does the united states have the ability to act as world policemen? a third say yes, 68% say no. all of a sudden, over the past 24 hours, john kerry raises this idea of put something controls on syria's chemical weapons
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stockpiles. the russians then make it a formal proposal. the syrians now accept it as you point out china, france and all sorts of other countries accept it. when i interviewed the president yesterday, he said he was open to it. we'll take a hard look at it. potentially could be a breakthrough. he used that word. so all those polls were done within the past 24 hours which shows there might be some sort of diplomatic action short of military power. >> i want to remind the viewers, 7:00 with erin burnett out front. and "anderson cooper 360" and wolf blitzer at 9:00 p.m. be sure to watch wolf, he's back on the air at 1:00 eastern. in fact, every afternoon at 1:00 eastern. then again at 5:00 eastern for "the situation room." the secretary of state john kerry is testifying before the house armed services committee.
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in fact, he's doing that right now he along with the secretary of defense, chuck hagel and the chairman of the joint chiefs talking about the need for military action. all of this going on in the last 24 hours, the russian overture. secretary kerry said any plan to have the russian community take charge of chemical weapons cannot turn into a waiting game. and he talked about the stakes for the united states. >> the instant reaction of a lot of americans anywhere in our country is, whoa, we don't want to go to war again. we don't want to go to iraq. we don't want to go to afghanistan. we've seen how those turned out. i get it. and i'll speak to that in a minute. but i want to make it clear at the outset, as each of us at this table want to make it clear, what assad has done directly affects america's security. america's security. we have a huge national interest in containing all weapons of mass destruction.
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and the use of gas is a weapon of mass destruction. allowing those weapons to be used with impunity would be an enormous chink in our armor that we have built up over years against proliferation. think about it. our own troops benefit from that prohibition against chemical weapons. >> and as the secretary continues to make his case, the president continues to make his case as well. of course the international case is being made as well. and it seems the developments are fast and furious. it is not the first time the russians, on the eve of a potential attack, have come into the forefront with an idea. for some reasons as to how it went before i want to turn to cnn's chief international correspondent christiane amanpour, thank you for the time. you've been a busy lady. i've seen you last night late
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and early this morning. >> it's a big story. >> it is. i know you'll be happy to hear, the former chief weapons inspector david kaye who knows about this region but has been there at all critical times. david, i want to begin with you, because in 1991, and 2003, the russians came forward, in almost the same manner. it's a bit apples and oranges. but there are similarities between the overtures. you can explain what happened and how it all went down? >> well, it was literally in the last 48 hours both before the 1991 invasion of the start of the gulf war or 2003 before the start of second gulf war, the russians came forward with very similar proposals that would avoid a conflict. it was clearer then, much clearer, i must say, essentially trying to put a stick in the spoke of a wheel. secretary baker had a very pithtpithy of 1991. and colin powell rejected 2003.
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they're not exactly at odds but it's not unexpected behavior. but it is a large number of u.s. policymakers initially reacted with real skepticism as to what the intention was. >> so, christiane, do you get a sense that the skepticism, that those overtures were met with back then is anything akin to what we're seeing now? nobody has said that we're going to be pollyanna about this? >> right. i'd like to get david kay's perspective on this, look, what's clearly happened, finally the world is on board with a plan. that is, a plan to get syria to hand over its chemical weapons. the question is really, how can that happen? it's a war do you not have to send a mini army in actually control those chemical weapons sites to make sure you know where they are, to make sure they're under international supervision? the hows of it are very difficult to see. we know that something has to be done to demonstrate good faith very, very soon.syrians and
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russians and the international community need to do something on the ground very soon. i'm fascinated to know whether david kay believes that this is a good development. and when it will make a material difference to the using of these things. or whether it might be be a precedent-setting maneuver if in fact it succeeds and these weapons for all intents and purposes disabled and put under somebody else's control. >> david kay, that's exactly the point i was making, is this apples and oranges? is this a different juncture this time around, hafez al assad back then. this is his son. they're not a whole lot different when you see what they did to their people. >> that's right, i'm not exactly in with the crime network that they created. christiane is absolutely right. it's an extraordinarily difficult procedure. the first thing is you got to have the security council draw up a resolution authorizing it.
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that in of itself, the french are taking the right steps. it not only speaks to the rights of putting inspectors but what right do those inspectors have with the material they bring with them. you also have to have an identification of where the weapons are. this is something that both the russians, the u.s. intelligence community and syrians have got to come forward very quickly with a list of that. and in the end, what makes this so difficult you're inserting inspectors in an an going civil war. you know, inspectors not very good at telling who is shooting at them. all they know, someone's shooting at them and they'd like to get out of the way. you're going to have to have some form of physical security as inspectors carry this out. in the long run, the most technical situation is going to be if you ever get to the destruction of these chemical weapons. i was involved as we discussed
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the negotiation of that -- with regard to the iraqi chemical weapons. let me tell you it's very tough to do. >> well, i mean, notwithstanding the grave level of danger for anybody set upon to actually carry out the logistics of this. whether they be weapons inspectors or tasked with destroying these weapons. we're actually going to tackle these topics. david kay, i ask you to stay on there is that logistics issue. christiane amanpour, i think you have a very long day. thank you for being here. i appreciate it. >> thank you. >> david kay's going to stay on. there's also brand-new evidence that the syrian government new full well about the chemical attack well before it happened. we're going to show you that evidence, actual evidence, right after this quick break. stay with us. [ male announcer ] this store knows how to handle a saturday crowd.
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u.s. administration and i have said we are serious about this, i think has prompted some interest in conversations. and these are conversations that i've had directly with mr. putin. when i was at the g-20, we had some time to discuss this, and i believe that mr. putin does not see the use of chemical weapons as a good thing inside of syria or anyplace else. and so it's possible that we can get a breakthrough. but it's going to have to be followed up on. and we don't want just a stalling or delaying tactic to put off the pressure that w have on their right now. >> u.s. intelligence agencies are convinced that the syrian regime was behind the poison gas attacks of august 21st. but the huge question everyone is asking, how can you be so sure? well, they're citing some pretty serious hard evidence. several pieces in fact. three days before the attack, syrian forces were observed
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preparing chemical munitions. syrian troops were warned to have gas masks ready. once the rockets were in the air, their trajectories were tracked. that means the united states knows exactly where they were launched from. and immediately after the attack, a senior syrian official was heard expressing fear that the united nations inspectors would be coming and looking for the evidence. yes, it's very telling, it's also circumstantial which can be very tough as well. let's bring isn't chief cnn international security correspondent jim sciutto. jim, as you've been reporting on this, this evidence is remarkable. and there is even more that the administration is not sharing with americans, number one, what is it? number two, why aren't they sharing? >> well, it's the difference between what's classified and what's not classified. this has been the subject matter in these classified briefings you've been hearing about on the hill where members of congress are able to see additional information that members of the
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public are not. that said, as you ran through that, the evidence that the united state has released is pretty credible that the regime ordered the attacks. is it a smoking gun? not yet maybe smart not to leave a paper trail. but i do think we've moved on from this to some degree because now you have this administration deal that will the administration will stay is is tacit. one, that they don't have chemical weapons, and two, that russia doesn't trust syria with chemical weapons. because if syria is agreeing to possibly give them up and russia is agreeing to supervise this, russia is taking away that charge that it could have been someone else aside from the assad regime. >> jim, quickly if you've got satellites of rockets which
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they're not sharing with us, and transcripts of high-level syrian authorities making these orders. it just seems to me i'm not in the spy apparatus business, but it seems to me it might not be compromising. david kay has said it's not always compromising to make the case. why wouldn't they? >> well, i hear you. i spent some time in government. the knee jerk, the reaction, the default setting is to declassify everything, right? there's a prejudgment we've got to be careful about this, we've got to be careful about that. in this case, when you have lingering doubts when you see the public polls if there's a time where you can take a risk with some of this information, now would be the time. >> i hear you. it's only tuesday. chief international correspondent jim sciutto, excellent work and great material that you've been able to unearth for us. thank you. >> so this president assad's last chance? is this away out for a lot of these parties? can this plan save the united
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program that developments are fast and furious. and i deliver. because this morning, the white house is saying that the president has had conversations separately with the president of france, francois hollande and the prime minister of the uk, david cameron, apparently all agreeing to work closely together with consultation of china and russia, with the viability of brokering a deal where syria actually turns over 100% of its chemical weapons stockpile for control elsewhere. and destruction. not only that, the efforts are to begin today at the united nations and apparently this is going to include a discussion on elements of a potential u.n. security council resolution. so, full steam ahead it looks like. and, of course, now that syria said it accepts this plan, the russian plan, what comes next? this actually could be a possible way out of the crisis or not. let not jump to conclusions yet. but wolf blitzer did put this question to the president in
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pretty blunt temprms. >> is this bashar al assad's last chance? >> well, i think it is important for assad to understand that, you know, the chemical weapons ban which has been in place is one that the entire civilized world just about respects and observes. it's something that protects our troops. even when we're in the toughest war theaters from being threatened by these chemical weapons. it's something that protects women and children and civilians because these weapons, by definition, are indiscriminate. they just don't target somebody in uniform. and, you know, i suspect that some of assad's allies recognize the mistakes he made in using these weapons. and it may be that he is under pressure from them as well. again, this doesn't solve the underlying terrible conflict inside of syria.
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but if we can about accomplishing this limited goal, without taking military action, that would be my preference. on the other hand, if we don't maintain and move forward with a credible threat of military pressure, i do not think we will actually get the kind of agreement i'd like to see. >> ahh, and therein lie the key. does all of this still mean that the pentagon is full steam ahead with plans for an assault? or is this really assad's last chance? i want to break this down with cnn's military analyst military rick francona who was himself a military attache. my question to you, colonel, is the pentagon listening to any of this fldiplomatic speak? >> they have to be ready to respond to the president's order if at some point, the president said this is not working.
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i gave them the chance, i gave them the out, now we're going to take military action. so the pentagon does what the pentagon will do. they will plan, they will be ready to execute those plans. of course, everybody hopes that there is a way out of that. >> of course, that would be intuitive. but however, after we have the syrian reregime on record acknowledging the chemical weapons stockpile, that's been iffy up until now with dabbling and admitting to that. now that it's actually a fact, is that a game-change at all for the plans for the pentagon or did they operate as if that were the truth all along? >> no, i think the pentagon will continue doing what it has been doing, making the plans, being ready to execute. whether or not the syrians really have chemical weapons is immaterial to what the pentagon is doing. this is an combourimportant ste. they haven't said what they have, or how much they have, and
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that will be the subject of what comes neck. let's not forget, we're in the middle of a civil war, doing this in peace time is difficult. doing this in a middle of a war may be impossible. >> can i just throw another monkey wrench into all of this since you know the region so well and you were there. the syrians have always said because the israelis have their de facto nuclear weapons that they never admitted to, syrians needs their own chemical weapons. >> that's the problem, what we might see on the part of the syrians, saying, yes, we have sarin and the rocket launchers, the aerial bombs even some warheads, and we are going to give those up. but i just find it almost impossible to believe that the syrians will get rid of what they call their strategic stockpile and that will be the vx warheads mounted on the scud missiles. that's the poor man's nuke as we used to call it.
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>> yeah. >> and that's what they believe deters the israelis. >> i've got more work for you ahead. don't go anywhere, colonel francona. you're an excellent resource for this. specifically, who gets tasked with that job if it actually end it's up working of going into syria, finding the chemical stockpiles, moving the chemical stockpiles in the midst of all of this? see what's on the screen? that is the strategic reality. what are the logistics of trying to get rid of chemical weapons in that place? that story's next. my mantra?
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so what does president obama expect from syria in order to avert a strike? our wolf blitzer asked the president and the message seems to be pretty straightforward. >> we've been very clear about what we expect. and that is, do not use chemical weapons. control the chemical weapons and now, because we've seen assad's willingness to use chemical weapons, we're going to have to go further and give the
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international community assurances that they will not be used, potentially by getting them out of there, at minimum, making sure that international control over those chemical weapons takes place. that can be accomplished, and it does not solve the broader political situation. i would say to mr. assad, we need a political settlement so that you're not slaughtering your own people. and, by the way, encouraging some elements of the opposition to engage in some terrible behavior as well. what i'm thinking about is, right now, though, how do we make sure that we can verify that we do not have chemical weapons that could be used not only inside of syria but potentially could drift outside of syria. >> so what a difference a day can make. because yesterday, president assad wouldn't even confirm that syria has chemical weapons. wouldn't deny it either but was waffling a lot. listen to exactly what he said in an interview with charlie
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rose on pbs. >> why do you have such a stockpile of chemical weapons? >> we don't discuss this issue in public because we never said that we had it. we never said that we don't have it. it's a syrian issue. we never discuss in public with anyone. >> wow. so just this morning, big change. syria actually did announce that it was accepting russia's proposal to place the country's chemical weapons under international control. so in essence, admitting that syria does in fact have a stockpile of chemical weapons. here is the exact quote from the foreign minister of syria, walid. yesterday, we held a very fruitful round of talks with foreign minister sergei lavrov and from his side there was a proposal for an initiative
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relating to chemical weapons. and by evening we agreed to the russian initiative. arwa damon is live. arwa, it's definitely stronger language than we've been hearing for quite sometime. is the syrian foreign minister or anyone else in the regime taking this forward today? or this just enough that somewhere this acknowledgement? >> not necessarily at that stage. let's also throw into the mix that last year the syrian government did in fact come out and say, if we had chemical weapons, we would never use them against our own people. here's the big issue moving harder if in fact this initiative is what material ices sand expected to take place. syria is believed to have one of the largest stockpiles of chemical weapons in the world, ashleigh. and it say war zone. you can't just walk in there, secure them, load them on to a bunch of trucks and ships and take them out of the country to
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be destroyed. they're presumably going to have to be destroyed onsite in the midst of a civil war. you'd either need to negotiate some sort of sustainable, durable cease-fire. or need to bring in a peacekeeping force that could possibly be according to one diplomat as large as 200,000 people. that's what is needed. who is going to cough that up? let's not forget about the actual inspection team itself, it would have to number in the thousand. and let's just briefly talk about the location of syria's chemical stockpiles. it used to be in a fairly well-known location. since this has begun the syrians have moved to a more dispersed site. this may not be when it comes to logistics actually realistic and executable by any stretch of the imagination. >> i think by any stretch, you highlight what is such a difficult question going forward. this is such a new overture,
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people are just beginning to wrestle with it. senior correspondent arwa damon, thank you for that. she's in beirut. the picture that she's sending is not even allowed. i want to bring in our former chief weapons inspector, u.n. weapons inspector, david kay, to speak to that issue. the logistics of this plan that russia is recommending. arwa just said 200,000 people to start with and then maybe a couple thousand weapons inspectors. is this possible? >> i'm not sure the numbers are correct. look, the consequences of a military attack on the region are so severe and unpredictable. if you're going ahead with this plan you're going to have to break some crockery and do some things that you didn't plan on
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doing. it's going to be much tougher than 1991 and iraq because you do have this active civil war. the first thing is, syrians have to declare where are their chemical weapons stockpiles and where are they located? and if we take the iraqi experience, saddam's first declarations were fiction. he did not declare all. the international community and its intelligence capability to verify that as well as inspectors on the ground. the logistics are just horrible. as you pointed out, with regard to the live broadcast. you can't fly into damascus airport, even if the syrians wanted you to. no commercial airline would dare do it. you know in now mostly through lebanon. and that's far from a trouble-free route on the ground. >> so, david, can i just ask you, the caution needs to be asked, what are the odds that bashar al assad of this dynasty,
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evil dynasty would capitulate to this 100% and really give up the goods? >> i'm not sure from his perspective this is a capitulation. remember in the middle east in the general, yes is not yes no. i think what if does do for him sa void the eminence of a serious u.s. strike that might well disable his regime. he buys time. he doesn't give up continued russian arms support or iranian support. so many ways if you look at this as what do i have to do to avoid a strike. you can promise a lot. the real test is whether you actually carry through. and that's going require a tremendous both inspection regime. but also the willingness of the international community to maintain its focus on the importance of doing this. >> you know, i think it's a critical question and it just -- it underscores the notion that we around there yet. david kay, always good to speak
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with you. thank you for your insight. >> thank you. >> so can syria fight back? how well could syria fight back? if all of this collapses and the united states actually launches an air strike. the president very candid about that question to our wolf blitzer. but should he be speak sewing boso boldly on the even of 9/11? picasso painted one of his master works at 56. doris taerbaum finished her first marathon at 50. not everyone peaks in their twenties. throughout their lives. passion keeps them realizing possibilities. an ally for real possibilities. aarp. find tools and support at aarp.org/possibilities.
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syrian president bashar al assad threatened the united states during an interview with cbs yesterday. assad yesterday the u.s. should, quote, expect everything. if president obama orders a military strike against his country. and wolf blitzer asked about that. in his interview with the president last night. >> mr. assad doesn't have a lot of capability. he has capability relative to children. he has capability relative to an
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opposition that is still getting itself organized and are not professional trained fighters. he doesn't have a credible means to threaten the united states. his allies, iran and hezbollah could potentially engage in asymmetrical strikes against us. but, frankly, the kind of threats that they could pose against us are typical of the kinds of threats that we're dealing with around the world and that i've spoken of recently. which is embassies that are being threatened. you know, u.s. personnel in the region. those are threats that we deal with on an ongoing basis. they are always of concern, obviously, we saw the situation in yemen just a few weeks ago, where we wanted to respond by getting some of our folks out thereof. but the notion that will assad could significantly threaten the united states is just not the case. >> cnn's military analyst
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retired air force lieutenant colonel rick francona joins me live again. colonel, when i listened to that i had to give my head a shake because it was only yesterday when we were hearing that the syrian regime is a threat to our national security. but he doesn't have a means to threaten the united states. but the notion it's just not the case, i'm a bit confused. >> i think the president's got it right that there is a threat but the threat -- you know, it's not a great threat but there is a threat. the biggest threat will be from groups like hezbollah or the iranians doing something. the iranians have a very large international opportunity to do terrorism, they have a force called the qods force. they're very well trained. and capable. we could see them attack interests not in the middle east. anywhere, in latin america, in europe.
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this is something that we have to plan for and take precautions against. and if we do something some syria, of course there >> reporte will be some prepare cushi repercussions. >> and you can understand, just how much of a threat is bashar al assad to us? yes, he's done unspeakable things to his people. but how much of a threat is he to the united states, and when you hear the president saying not much, it doesn't make his case, does it? >> it doesn't make his case. and people don't want to havefy blow-back from the strike on syria. and a lot of people -- that's not the reason they don't want to get involved. they just don't want to see the u.s. involved in another war in the middle east. because once we start this, you don't know where it's going to end. we may start small. it may be targeted. and i don't buy it's going to be a limited strike. because once you start this, it's almost impossible to stop this. >> yeah, you know what, it's a mixed message.
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it's tricky. it's understandable why so many people need more information. feel like they just don't have enough. colonel, thank you, always good to have your perspective. colonel francona. the cnn address to the nation starts at 7:00 with erin burnett out front. continues with "360" at 8:00 p.m. and wolf blitzer has the coverage of the speech starting live at 9:00 p.m. ] ♪ [ male announcer ] 1.21 gigawatts. today, that's easy. ge is revolutionizing power. supercharging turbines with advanced hardware and innovative software. using data predictively to help power entire cities. so the turbines of today... will power us all... into the future. ♪ chantix... it's a non-nicotine pill.
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it's hard to avoid this time of year. tomorrow is 9/11. it is impossible to forget what happened that day. a dozen years ago. especially if you live here in new york. and the president talked with wolf blitzer about that very topic actually, saying that americans still, more than a decade later, have to be vigilant. but also understand, that we can just never be 100% safe.
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>> 9/11, the anniversary this wednesday, should americans expect some sort of attack? >> i think that we are always on heightened alert on 9/11. and we will continue to be. you know, what we've seen over the last last decade is because of the heroism of our troops, because of the enormous sacrifices of them and their families, america is safer than it was right before 9/11. but we still have threats out there, particularly outside of the homeland. and we also have lone wolf threats as we saw during the boston marathon bombings. so we have to remain vigilant. we're not going to be able to protect ourselves 100% of the time against every threat, but what we can do is make sure that we understand these threats are real. we have to be prepared but not overreact in ways that potentially compromise our values and our dales over the
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long-term. >> syria's president bashar al assad knows we are coming up on that anniversary, as well. in an interview with charlie rose, he made a veiled threat that any military action on america's part against syria could result in something similar. >> this war is against the interests of the united states. why? just the war is going to support al qaeda and the same people that killed americans on the 11th of september. >> so there's that. and a reminder on the eve of 9/11, the president is going to address the nation tonight and cnn's special coverage of the president's comments to the nation begin at 7:00 p.m. eastern with aaron burnett out front and then ac 360 at 8:00 p.m. wolf blitzer helms the entire live event tonight beginning at 9:00 p.m. right here on cnn. and again, it is september, but there is something unusual on
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story we brought you last weeking about matthew cordle who had the video confession that his drunken driving killed a man. he went online with it, and it went viral. it got more than a million hits on youtube. he is going to be arraigned this afternoon on a charge, including homicide. pamela brown is outside the courthouse in columbus, ohio. >> actually, just days after releasing that youtube connings, iffal that has garnered more than a million views, path thu turned himself into authorities on monday accompanied by his attorneys and followed by a swarm of cameras. he has now been official little charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and driving under the influence. >> this video will act as my confession. >> after surrendering to the public last week and this online confessional. >> my name is matthew cordle. and on june 22nd, 20133, i hit
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him. >> he officially turned himself into authorities monday morning, this time staying silent. >> we have advised him not to make any comments. >> authorities led him to a back room in a columbus, ohio police station amid a crush of cameras. prosecutor ron o'brien says cordle was already a suspect in the case that killed 61-year-old vincent canzani back in june. he says officials were waiting for more toxicology results before charging had im. >> with or without the video this defendant would have been charged by the indictment. >> i ended up going the wrong way down the highway. >> his attorney says he tried to convince his client not to post the video. >> i think to some degree, it brought him a little bit of peace. he's been feeling a tremendous amount of guilt. >> a victim that was a shock to canzani's family. >> it's gut wrenching coming from a mother looking at that
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young boy. he just doesn't understand the damage that he did. >> but cordle says he wanted to send a powerful message. >> i'm begging you, please don't drink and drive. >> some speculate whether the highly produced video was intended to sway the judge. >> whether he's sincere in his confession, whether the video is seen by millions of people, these are beside the point. the thing to remember is that he got drunk and killed a man. it would be a shame if this story became about the video rather than about the crime that he committed. >> cordle will be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. eastern time. his attorney tells sus he has advised his client to pleat not guilty today as part of standard operating procedure. he says during his next court appearance, cordle will plead guilty but wants to make it clear he's not backing away from his admission. he's had no prior felony
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convictions. we'll see how how his video influences his case, as well. ashleigh? >> pamela brown, thank you. september 10th in colorado looks like this. very strange. it powerful storm blew through buried everybody under hail. it looks like snow but it's hail blanketing the area, people could not believe what was happening. visibility actually fell to zero. september 10th, t-shirt, hail. thank you for watching, it's been good to have you with us. "around the world" starts right after the short break. [ male announcer ] 1.21 gigawatts. today, that's easy. ge is revolutionizing power. supercharging turbines with advanced hardware and innovative software. using data predictively to help power entire cities. so the turbines of today... will power us all... into the future. ♪ ♪
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