Sept. 10 - Bashar al-Assad says the U.S. should 'expect everything' if they decide to conduct military strikes in Syria. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in an interview with CBS television that aired on Monday (September 9), denied involvement in a suspected chemical weapons attack near Damascus on August 21. The United States says more than 1,400 people were killed in the attack, which it blames on Assad's forces. President Barack Obama has threatened military strikes against Syria as punishment. Assad, who has accused the rebels of the poison gas attack, said that if there were U.S. strikes on Syria, the United States "should expect everything." (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHARLIE ROSE ASKING QUESTION: "Will it be attacks against American bases in the Middle East if there is an air strike?" (SOUNDBITE) (English) SYRIAN PRESIDENT, BASHAR AL-ASSAD, SAYING: "Should expect everything. You should expect everything. No, not necessarily through the government, it's not only -- the governments are not only-- not the only player in this region. We have different parties, we have different factions, you have different ideology. You have everything in this region now. So, you have to expect that." (CHARLIE ROSE:) "Expect, tell me what you mean by "expect everything." BASHAR AL-ASSAD: "Expect every action. Everything --" (CHARLIE ROSE:) "Including chemical warfare? BASHAR AL-ASSAD: "That depends. If the, if the rebels or the terrorists in this region or any other group have it. It could happen. I don't know. We don't, I'm not fortune tell--, fortune teller to tell you what's going to happen." His comments come as Obama prepares to press his case for military action before the American public and U.S. lawmakers this week.