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Members of CodePink, Tighe Barry (L) and Medea Benjamin (2nd L) protest as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) arrives at a hearing on "Syria: Weighing the Obama Administration's Response" before the House Foreign Affairs Committee September 4, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee is discussing the possibility of American military action against Syria. Secretary of State John Kerry stated emphatically if the U.S. fails to enforce its word, there will be a greater problem down the road in Syria. Congressional lawmakers are drafting various versions of resolutions to authorize a use of force, but support is still uncertain for military strikes.
What are unintended consequences of: limited strikes; no strikes; a broader campaign; more diplomacy and embargoes? What are the other options? And what are the objectives?
Phyllis Bennis, Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies, a Washington D.C. think tank founded in 1963
Ari Ratner, Fellow, Truman National Security Project, a Washington D.C. think tank founded in 2005