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President Obama will have to decide what action the U.S. will take against Syria, responding to evidence that military forces had used chemical weapons against civilians.
Weekend events may have made the possibility of U.S. military intervention in Syria more of a reality. On Sunday, the Obama administration said there’s “very little doubt” that the Syrian military had used chemical weapons against civilians. The Syrian government denied responsibility for the attacks, the effects of which surfaced in a graphic video last week that shows hundreds of people, including children, who experts say appear to be suffering from the effects of a chemical agent.
The White House said the government’s allowance of the U.N. officials to enter the Damascus suburb where the video was shot came at a time that was “too late to be credible.” Now that Syria has crossed the “red line” President Obama drew regarding the usage of chemical weapons in Syria, he must decide whether he’ll take action.
Should the U.S. take military action in Syria despite the public’s overwhelming opposition to enter another war? If Obama decides not to take action, will it damage U.S. credibility?
Michael Rubin, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute (AEI); former Pentagon official whose major research area is the Middle East
Ed Husain, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations