The Latest On The Syrian Crisis

The Latest On The Syrian Crisis

A panel joins guest host Susan Page to discuss the U.S. and international response to reports of chemical weapons use in Syria.

President Barack Obama stunned nearly everyone, including some of his own advisers, when he announced he would seek congressional authorization before ordering military strikes on Syria. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee opens hearings this afternoon, and the House and Senate promise up-or-down votes by next week. Obama’s decision puts his critics in Congress on the spot about what to do in response to Syria’s alleged use of deadly sarin gas against civilians. But he also has reversed the course charted by other modern presidents, including his own decision two years ago to strike Libya without asking Congress first. A panel joins guest host Susan Page to discuss the battle ahead in congress, the reaction from around the world, the impact on this week’s global summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the repercussions that could follow for this president and future ones.

Guests

James Goldgeier

dean of the School of International Service at American University, former State Department official and staff member of the National Security Council.

Yochi Dreazen

senior writer at Foreign Policy and author of the upcoming book, "Invisible Front."

Jeremy Bash

former chief-of-staff to Leon Panetta at the CIA and DOD and former chief counsel of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

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