NATO today joined the US in warning Syria that the use of chemical weapons against its people would be “completely unacceptable.” We’ll update signs of a new, military offensive and debate the pros and cons of increased US intervention. Also, we re-visit a brutal crime via "The Central Park Five," and we'll talk about the latest offers w/ House Speaker Boehner regarding the Fiscal Cliff.
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Syria’s al-Assad regime has superior military resources, but it hasn’t been able to stop the assaults of rebel forces in the suburbs of the capitol city, Damascus. As Syria’s al-Assad regime looks increasingly desperate, the US and NATO are threatening “consequences” if it resorts to chemical weapons. Intelligence agencies have reportedly noticed signs of action near chemical weapons sites, leading to a warning yesterday from President Obama. The shadow of Libya hovers over a possible increase in US involvement. As the crisis deepens, what are America’s options?
Anne Barnard, New York Times (@ABarnardNYT)
Eva Galperin, Electronic Frontier Foundation (@evacide)
Andrew Tabler, Washington Institute for Near East Policy (@andrewtabler)
Aaron David Miller, Wilson Center (@aarondmiller2)
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