America & Syria on the Brink
Officials in the Obama administration are working overtime to convince Congress to authorize a strike on Syria. What are the odds of a U.S. strike on Syria, where President al-Assad allegedly used chemical weapons last month and killed 1,400 civilians? And is this strike within American interests after more than a decade of constant war? Elizabeth Brackett and her guests -- John Mearsheimer, political science professor at the University of Chicago, and Dr. Zaher Sahloul, president of the Syrian American Medical Society -- discuss the uncertain path ahead.
In case you missed today’s testimony, here are some highlights:
Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee presses Secretary of State John Kerry on whether there’s any chance of American “boots on the ground” in Syria, after some ambiguity in Kerry’s testimony.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel denounces Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons. “[They] inflict the worst kind of indiscriminate suffering,” he tells members of Congress.
Speaking to Congressional leaders and members of the press this morning, President Obama argues that a strike on Syria would be completely different from America’s drawn-out wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.