AirTalk for August 29, 2014

How should the US handle military action and diplomacy in Syria?

President Obama Makes Statement In The Briefing Room Of White House

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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 28: U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House August 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Obama spoke on various topics including possible action against ISIL and immigration reform. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In a press conference Thursday, President Obama discussed the escalating tensions in the Middle East and identified ISIL as a root problem or “cancer.”

But what got more attention was a comment he made later in response to a question about obtaining Congressional approval for military action against the group. "[T]here’s no point in me asking for action on the part of Congress before I know exactly what it is that is going to be required for us to get the job done," he said. 

Despite earlier discussion about U.S. diplomats visiting the region and meetings with the national security council, when it comes to military action President Obama said Thursday that the U.S. doesn’t have a strategy yet. As ISIL continues attacks in Syria and Iraq, the conflict has demanded increased action from other nations. 

How should the U.S. and Europe handle military and diplomatic actions against ISIL? Is bombing Syria a viable option, or is the situation too complicated to address in that manner? 

Guest: 

Joshua Keating, staff writer at Slate focusing on international affairs and author of The World blog

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