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It's increasingly clear that the Obama Administration will use military action to punish Syria for its use of chemical weapons, but what will that mean? We look at the military options and whether they'd make things better or worse? Also, millions of Syrian refugees are flooding into neighboring Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey -- and now Iraq.  What's the impact on those countries?

Banner image: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel takes questions at the Pentagon. DOD Photo by Glenn Fawcett

Making News Will Americans Still Wary on Syria Be Swayed by Weapons Claims? 7 MIN, 32 SEC

In the Southeast Asian nation of Brunei today, Chuck Hagel was asked if the Pentagon is ready for action in Syria. The Defense Secretary responded that after getting the facts and intelligence, a decision will be made on what action, if any, should be taken. He emphasized that if the order comes, the US is ready to go. How does the increasing likelihood of military action in Syria look to the American public? Scott Clement is a survey research analyst with the Washington Post Media Group.

Scott Clement, Washington Post (@sfcpoll)

The Science of War

Michael E. O'Hanlon

Main Topic Syria's Chemical Weapons and America's Options 31 MIN

Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday that Syria's use of chemical weapons is "undeniable," a "moral obscenity" and a violation of international law.  He added, "The President will be making an informed decision about how to respond... President Obama believes there must be accountability." By drawing a "red line," the Obama Administration has set the stage for some kind of military action. Advocates say it's a matter of "credibility" to make good on a threat -- with Iran and other adversaries closely watching. But what could make a difference to Bashar al-Assad, without drawing the US into yet another implacable civil war? Have so-called "limited actions" really worked in the past? How much will be tolerated by a war-weary American public?

Andrew Tabler, Washington Institute for Near East Policy (@andrewtabler)
Michael O'Hanlon, Brookings Institution (@MichaelEOHanlon)
Brian Katulis, Center for America Progress (@Katulis)

In the Lion's Den

Andrew Tabler

Today's Talking Point Syria's Refugees 12 MIN, 12 SEC

In two years, the Syrian civil war has killed at least 100,000 people. Some two million more have registered as refugees. Hundreds of thousands are in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon, almost half of them children. We hear where they're going and the impact they're having from Tim Arango of the New York Times and Cassandra Nelson of Mercy Corps.

Tim Arango, New York Times (@tarangoNYT)
Cassandra Nelson, Mercy Corps (@mercycorps)

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