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Syria's Chemical Weapons and America's Options

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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?

Credits

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

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Anna Scott, Evan George, Kerry Cavanaugh