AirTalk for August 30, 2013

John Kerry makes case for acting in Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks on Syria at the State Department in Washington, D.C.

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In a press conference this morning, Secretary of State John Kerry made a case for U.S. military intervention in Syria, saying there’s clear evidence that the Syrian government was responsible for last week’s chemical attack on civilians outside Damascus. There were more than 1,400 victims, including 426 children of the attack according to an unclassified intelligence report released by the Obama administration.

The U.S. chemical weapons assessment says President Bashar al-Assad’s government used an unidentified nerve agent. President Obama has said he plans to respond with a limited missile attack on Syria, despite Britain’s unwillingness to participate and opposition from many who say the decision should be deferred to Congress.

Does Kerry’s speech make a compelling case for intervention in Syria? Has the Obama administration convinced you that it’s time to intervene again in the Middle East? If not, what is still missing?

Guest:
Carrie Budoff Brown, Senior White House Reporter for POLITICO


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