With the probability of American intervention, Syria is everywhere in the news. Phil Donahue, filling in for Bill Moyers, speaks with National Public Radio Middle East correspondent Deborah Amos and historian and Vietnam veteran Andrew Bacevich about the possible repercussions of our actions in the Middle East. As he has so often in recent years, historian and analyst Andrew Bacevich is asking the important questions about America's role in the world and specifically why we should go into Syria. Is a military response justified and if we take action, where does it stop? A graduate of West Point and Vietnam veteran, he served for 23 years in the military before becoming a professor at Boston University. Among its deadly side effects, the war in Syria has created a refugee crisis beyond that country's borders ? a "disgraceful humanitarian calamity" and "the great tragedy of this century," according to the United Nations. Deborah Amos is a veteran National Public Radio Middle East correspondent. As members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee reached an agreement late Tuesday on wording of a new resolution authorizing U.S. military force against the Syrian government, events will likely change quickly. What won't have changed is the need for a full discussion of our motives and American foreign policy, not just when it comes to Syria but in the entire Middle East.moreless
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