Crisis in Syria

April 5, 2017

Unimaginable images have been streaming out of Syria after an attack killed more than 70 people—many women and children. All signs are pointing to a chemical attack, carried out by the Syrian government.


This is the second time we have seen images like these from the region, after another major attack in 2013. The Trump administration is placing the blame on President Obama. Both the president and Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the attack is a “consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution.”


After a series of condemnations—on both sides of the aisle, Trump turned a corner. Today, the president told reporters his attitude towards Syria and its president Bashar al Assad “has changed very much,” condemning the attack that he said “crosses many, many lines beyond the red line.”


For analysis, Jim is joined by Middle East and North Africa Consultant Nasser Weddady and Carol Saivetz a Senior Advisor at MIT’s Security Studies Program.

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