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Wed September 11, 2013
Twists and Turns of Syria
It’s been an amazing few days in the life of the Syrian crisis. On Monday morning, we heard Bashar al-Assad address his country’s chemical weapons in an interview with Charlie Rose. "We don't discuss this issue in public because we never said that we have it," said Assad. "And we never said that we don't have it. It's a Syrian issue. It's a military issue. We never discussed it in public with anyone."
Last night, during a speech to the nation, President Barack Obama laid out his case for military intervention in Syria: "If we fail to act," he said, "the Assad regime will see no reason to stop using chemical weapons. As the ban against these weapons erodes, other tyrants will have no reason to think twice about acquiring poison gas and using them."
It’s a case that’s been largely rejected by the American public. Now he's asking Congress to postpone a vote on a strike, to see if a Russian plan to get Syria to turn over those weapons sticks. On our news roundtable, The Wheelhouse, we look for your take on the confusing Syrian crisis.
- Colin McEnroe - Host of WNPR's The Colin McEnroe Show
- Scott Bates - President of the Center for National Policy
- Oksan Bayulgen - Associate Professor in UConn's Department of Political Science
- Andrea Seabrook - Host of the podcast Decode DC