Intelligence Squared US: "When it Comes to Syria, Does the U.S. Have a 'Dog in the Fight"?"
(Rochester, NY) – There are certain international crises that on their face demand the immediate and urgent attention of presidents. We all know them when we see them -- and so does the man in the White House. Saddam's invasion of Kuwait comes to mind -- an easy call. But there are other situations where the call may be tougher to make. Bosnia got a president's attention; Rwanda did not. And what about Syria -- now in the midst of a civil war and humanitarian crisis of enormous proportions. Certainly there are U.S. interests at stake, but are they vital interests? And what of President Obama's response so far: it has been deliberately limited, but should he go further, and with what sorts of options? Military intervention? Something else? Something less? One thing is certain: Syria is not one of those easy calls. Intelligence Squared U.S. takes on the topic in When it Comes to Syria, Does the U.S. Have a "Dog in the Fight", Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD 91.5-2.
Speaking for the motion: Richard Falkenrath, Principal, The Chertoff Group & Former Deputy Homeland Security Advisor and Graham Allison, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy and Plans. Speaking again the motion:R. Nicholas Burns, Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and Sir Nigel Sheinwald, Former British Ambassador to the U.S.
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