August 28th, 2013
11:04 PM ET

Is a U.S. Attack on Syria in America's national interest?

President Obama is trying build support for a strike on Syria. He's raising the possibility of the Assad regime's chemical weapons changing hands and being used against the United States. Chief NationalCorrespondent John King compares this to the Bush Doctrine. General Michael Hayden warns there is narrow space for the Obama administration to punish Assad for the chemical attacks, without regime change. It was all part of Anderson's discussion with a panel that also included Chief International Correspondent Christianne Amanpour, and National Security Analyst Fran Townsend.

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  1. Cathy K

    I am concerned about the fact that England is not behind us. Also what will it be like if the rebels take over? Are we trading one tyrant for more? I hate what I see on TV & my heart goes out to the people & what they are going through, but we need to get out of Afghanistan before we get into anything else.

    August 30, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
  2. barb

    We don't belong in Syria any more than we belonged in Iraq. We have no right telling another gov't how to run their
    country. Let those who want to fight stay and hopefully those that aren't in favor of fighting leave. We don't need
    another war–we have had more than our fair share in the past 10 years. Are you, Mr. President, prepared for all
    the other Syria loving countries that will come to their aid. We don't belong there, now or later. We have enough
    to take care of at home.

    August 30, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
  3. Jay

    I believe this is a concern but should be handled by the Arab League of Nations or NATO not the USA! It has been said it is of concern for the innocent lives and the horrific way they were killed! I agree it is horrific but is it not horrific for others in the region to be bombed by drones and continually attacked in the name of war? Death is death there is no way getting around it! USA cannot afford to continue this way! It never was the answer even with George W. junior! Our nation's best interest? Are you kidding! If this is a way for our President to save face well he needs to change his perception! This Senate will do it's best to bring him down no matter what he does but at least don't go out with yet another hopeless war on his and our shoulders! When will men ever learn?

    August 30, 2013 at 9:13 am |
  4. Steve

    STAY OUT OF THIS "CIVIL WAR!" Let the Middle Eastern neighbors intervene if they wish. If we get into it, they will blame us as usual, it isn't our business. I feel trouble that innocent people are dying, but that blame falls on those that want to kill each other, the Middle Eastern people will never get tired of killing each other, until they learn from their own actions.

    August 30, 2013 at 1:30 am |
  5. elderfarkle

    Take no action on Syria. Let them solve their own problems. Get totally out of the middle east and let them solve their problems as well. Spend our money at home on problems within our borders.

    August 29, 2013 at 8:03 pm |
  6. Laurie Belvin

    I sent this to the government, for what that is worth....

    Dear Mr. President:

    We could bomb Syria to oblivion. We could bomb every government that we do not approve of. However, poverty within our own country has become a national security issue. Ignoring the economic effect of bombing threatens our national security.

    Furthermore, when we bomb, 1 of every 4 victims are innocent, so retaliation is justified by our enemies. We have a lot of enemies that we have already earned by bombing. Chemical weapons are not permissible, neither is bombing Syria.

    Please seek a better choice. We cannot afford to invade Syria; we are not ready to extend an empire to that region. We cannot afford invasion. We need to find a better response involving many other effected nations– not alliances, but an international agreement on this issue, only.

    Please make a thoughtful decision. Much is at stake.

    Laurie Belvin

    August 29, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
  7. Bob

    The syrian civilians have a choice, they can leave syria and come back after the conflict is over

    August 29, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
  8. Bob

    The syrian rebels joined al qaeda out of their own free will. Al qaeda is the mastermind of 9/11

    August 29, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
  9. Bob

    On the use of chemilcal weapons. The U.S. is already punishing assad with heavy economic sanctions. Also, the U.S. is already helping syrian refugees in turkey, jordan, etc

    August 29, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
  10. Bob

    If the U.S. intervenes militarily, it will take years of american military force to get assad to step aside from power. Then, once addad goes, al qqeda will go into power in syria. Then, it will take years of american military force to get al qaeda to step aside from power. It will take decades of american military force to force both assad and al qaeda to step aside from power in syria. THE REALITY IS SYRIA CAN BECOME A LONGER CONFLICT THAN VIETNAM. I don't believe the U.S. should intervene in syria

    August 29, 2013 at 1:17 pm |

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