Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates: Resolved, The U.S. has no dog in the fight in Syria.
Airs Sunday, September 1 at 7 p.m. There are no good options and many reasons not to intervene in Syria: Assad's powerful allies, the public's aversion to another war, and wariness over an opposition army that includes Islamic extremists. Holding back means ignoring a growing humanitarian crisis, where the number dead have topped 100,000. Discovery of Assad’s use of chemical weapons prompted President Obama to approve the delivery of small arms and ammunition to rebel forces. But does this call for more assertive policy from the administration, or would direct intervention hurt our strategic interests?
Arguing for the resolution are Richard Falkenrath, Principal, The Chertoff Group & Former Deputy Homeland Security Advisor and Graham Allison, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy and Plans. Arguing against the motion R. Nicholas Burns, Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and Sir Nigel Sheinwald, Former British Ambassador to the United States.