Intelligence Squared US: "When it Comes to Syria, Does the U.S. Have a 'Dog in the Fight'?"

Sun, 09/01/2013 - 9:00pm

There are certain international crises that on their face demand the immediate and urgent attention of presidents. Is Syria one of them?

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.