AirTalk for September 9, 2013

What could Syrian retaliation look like to the US?

Rally At White House Protests Possible US Military Strike On Syria

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A banner bearing the image of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is carried by some of the 200 people demonstrating in support of al-Assad and against a possible military attack on Syria by the United States outside the White House September 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. Organized by the Syrian American Forum (SAF), the demonstrators marched from the White House to the U.S. Capitol.

In an exclusive interview with CBS News’ Charlie Rose, Syria’s President Bashar Assad denied that his regime used chemical weapons and issued a warning that the U.S. should “expect everything” in response to any strike on Syria.

The White House is pushing Congress this week to approve punitive military strikes against the Middle Eastern nation, in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in which more than 1400 civilians were killed. Assad said repeatedly that the U.S. doesn’t have "a single shred" of evidence that his military was behind the attack.

If the U.S. does strike, what would retaliation by Syria look like?


Sean Sullivan, Political Reporter, Washington Post

Stephen Biddle, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, The George Washington University; Adjunct Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

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