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RST: Should U.S. hit Syria?; Keystone Tombstones Civil War

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Sep 5, 2013 2:45 PM

What to look for on Radio Smart Talk Friday, September 6, 2013:

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Most Americans are debating whether the U.S. should launch a military strike against the forces of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.  President Obama is calling for action against Assad after his government apparently used deadly sarin gas on its own people last month, killing more than 1,400, including 425 children.  

Obama is waiting for Congressional approval before going ahead with an attack and Congress may vote next week. 

The president's thinking is military action is needed to enforce an international ban on the use of chemical weapons and to discourage Assad's forces from using them again.

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Some are hesitant to support a strike though because the U.S. has been at war for the past 12 years and they don't see Syria as a national security threat to the U.S.

On Friday's Radio Smart Talk, former Democratic Congressman and three-star Admiral Joe Sestak will provide insight into what happens next and what the strategy would be.

Do you think the U.S. should launch a strike against Syria?

Also, the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg has heightened interest in the Civil War.  Appearing on Friday's program will be Joe Farley, Joe Farrell, and Lawrence Knorr, authors of the new

book -- Keystone Tombstones Civil War.  This is the third in a series of Keystone Tombstone books that feature photographs of the grave sites and biographies of well-known Pennsylvanians.

Listen to the show:


From left to right, authors Joe Farley, Lawrence Knorr and Joe Farrell

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  • Politics Watcher img 2013-09-06 08:14

    President Obama did NOT "box us in". He is being totally misquoted.

    He said that there is a "red line", namely the Geneva Protocol, and if it is crossed he would "change his calculus". He carried out that threat already. He has nothing to prove.

    Read the transcript if you think I'm wrong.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-09-06 08:20

    Robert from Hummelstown emails:

    Of course we should strike. The credibility of the ban on chemical weapons, the Geneva Protocol, is at stake. If we give the green light to the use of WMDs, it will inevitably come back to bite us.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-09-06 08:34

    Ann Emails us:

    I agree wholeheartedly with Yasmin. In addition, I hear a lot of talk about doing this because it is in "US interests," and because of the perception of the US being weak, if it does not strike Syria.
    Striking Syria out of US interests is a great way to grow more terrorists and a great way to get mired down in powers that are in conflict between Shitites and Sunnis.
    I am absolutely against striking in Syria. I am absolutely for diplomacy.
    A commitment to diplomacy is showing strength, not weakness!

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-09-06 08:47

    Tommy emails us:

    Why not change the narrative? We keep pointing to Assad and boxing him in with blame thereby virtually taking a side in this conflict. The main issue from America's stand point is the use of chemical weapons. We should shift the narrative to retaliate against the use of chemical weapons no matter who used them rather than get involved in an ideological debate, thereby saving our credibility and limiting our involvement.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-09-06 08:48

    Renee from Lancaster emails the show:

    I resent Sestak's comment that "he hopes President Obama thought through his red line comment." This President has proven he is a very thoughtful man who does not rush blindly into issues especially where war is concerned. President Obama drew the red line that the world and GOP did not refute for these many months, and he should strike Syria because the use of chemical warfare can not be condoned.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-09-06 08:52

    Jenn in Hanover emails:

    Is anyone considering the irony if we would act against the Syrian government that it would be in support of the rebels in that area that are largely Muslim, when we just spent the last decade fighting Muslims?

  • Scott LaMar img 2013-09-06 09:17

    The White House has just announced that President Obama will address the nation on Syria Tuesday.