President Obama Addresses The Nation About The Syrian Crisis

President Obama Addresses The Nation About The Syrian Crisis

President Barack Obama addressed the nation about the Syrian crisis last night. Guest host Tom Gjelten and a panel of experts discuss congressional and international reaction to a possible diplomatic solution.

On August 21st, a chemical weapons attack in Syria killed more than a thousand people. President Obama blamed the Syrian government and called for a punishing military strike. But he agreed to ask Congress to authorize it. Polls showed most Americans opposed and Congress appeared set to say no. U.S. allies weren’t much help. Facing political defeat, the president took his case to the American people last night. But in the meantime the Russian government had seized on an off-hand remark by Secretary Kerry and proposed that Syria turn over its chemical weapons and submit to inspections. Guest host Tom Gjelten and a panel of experts discuss emerging diplomatic proposals at the UN, the president’s speech last night and the way forward in Syria.

Guests

Susan Glasser

editor, Politico magazine.

Michael Hirsh

chief correspondent, National Journal and author of "At War with Ourselves: Why America Is Squandering its Chance to Build a Better World."

Ambassador Nicholas Burns

politics professor, Harvard University and senior foreign affairs columnist, Global Post; former under secretary of state.

David Albright

president, Institute for Science and International Security and former U.N. nuclear weapons inspector; author of "Peddling Peril: How the Secret Nuclear Trade Arms America's Enemies."

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