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What to look for on Radio Smart Talk, Tuesday, September 10, 2013:
In some ways, the debate over whether the United States should take military action against Syria feels like the run up to the 2003 war in Iraq.
Ten years ago, President Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell made the case for war against Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, saying Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction and had already used chemical weapons on the Kurds in northern Iraq years before.
No WMDs were ever found and the intelligence was determined to be wrong.
This time though, there are more than 1,400 dead Syrians, including 400 children who were gassed last month. There is video and eyewitness evidence. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denies he is responsible but the Obama Administration says there is no doubt Assad called for the chemical attack.
President Obama will be sure to point out the differences Tuesday night when he addresses the nation and calls for military strikes against the government and army of Assad. (WITF-TV and WITF-FM 89.5 will broadcast President Obama's speech).
Also unlike Iraq, Obama says this will be a limited engagement to discourage Assad from using chemical weapons again and possibly cripple the Syrian military.
Another difference is there may be a last-minute solution as Assad said he would agree to a Russian proposal to put his chemical stockpile under international control.
As Congress prepares to make a decision, Radio Smart Talk ask you -- should the U.S. launch a military strike against Syria? Why or why not?
Appearing on the program is Dr. Andrew Wolff, assistant professor of political science and international studies at Dickinson College and Dr. Sylvia Alajaji, an assistant professor of Ethnomusicology in the music and international studies department at Franklin and Marshall College.
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Dr. Andrew Wolff and Dr. Sylvia Alajaji
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