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Is Syria's Assad regime deceiving Arab League monitors and using them as cover for continued attacks on political protesters? Also, the Obama Administration has unveiled its much-awaited new defense strategy. We hear about the military and political consequences in an election year.

Banner image: Screen grab from Syria's Torture Machine, Britain's Channel 4 investigation into the detention and torture of Syrian civilians.

Producers:
Sonya Geis
Christian Bordal
Caitlin Shamberg

Making News Obama and Panetta Outline Defense Cuts 23 MIN, 45 SEC

President Obama today outlined the results of his national security review, calling for leaner forces to meet new threats in the 21st Century. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said, despite reductions mandated by Congress, the US will still be able to conduct more than one action at the same time. There will be special emphasis on the Asia-Pacific Region and the Middle East. We hear about military and political consequences.



 

Guests:
Nathan Hodge, Wall Street Journal (@nohodge)
Gary Schmitt, American Enterprise Institute
Winslow Wheeler, Center for Defense Information
Bryan Bender, Boston Globe (@GlobeBender)

The Pentagon Labyrinth

Pierre M. Sprey

Main Topic Syria's Crackdown Continues Despite Monitors from the Arab League 27 MIN, 15 SEC

The United Nations estimates that more than 5000 people have been killed by the government of Syria in the past ten months. After the Assad regime agreed to pull tanks and troops out of cities and talk to the opposition, the Arab League sent a task force to the country last week to monitor progress. In Time magazine, Rania Abouzeid said that might be "mission impossible." We speak with Abouzeid and other about Syria's continued crackdown on dissent despite the presence of monitors from the Arab League. Where does that leave the UN and the US?

Guests:
Rania Abouzeid, freelance journalist (@RaniaAb)
Jonathan Miller, Britain's Channel 4 News (@millerc4)
Robert Danin, Council on Foreign Relations (@robertdanin)
Shibley Telhami, University of Maryland

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