The Washington Times - September 6, 2013, 09:51AM

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman said Friday that the nation’s credibility is on the line in regards to President Obama’s push for a strike against Syria, and said that ultimately the Middle Eastern nation will only be able to flourish after President Bashar Assad’s family is removed from power.

Mr. Huntsman, who served as the U.S. ambassador to China under Mr. Obama before running for the GOP presidential nod last year, said Mr. Obama has to strengthen his case for military force against the Assad regime to punish them for their alleged use of chemical weapons.

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Asked on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” how he would do that, Mr. Huntsman said he would advise Mr. Obama to make the case to Congress in a more personal manner and say that “American values matter.”

“We remain the only leader in the world today. What we say should be our word and our bond, and we are still the reigning super power in the world,” he said.

Mr. Huntsman said the problems in Syria are linked to the Assad family’s control of the nation, which has hurt the economy.

“We are not going to get a resolution in Syria until the one family that has run the county since 1971 goes, and we get more in the way of economic opportunity,” Mr. Huntsman said.