Anderson talked about the latest developments in Syria with Fouad Ajami, Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, National Security Analyst Fran Townsend, who currently sits on the Homeland Security and CIA external advisory boards, Christopher Dickey, Middle East Editor for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, as well as retired Army Major General James “Spider” Marks. The panel discussed how a U.S. response may impact Assad and the future of Syria.
Anderson talked with Fouad Ajami, Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, National Security Analyst Fran Townsend, who currently sits on the Homeland Security and CIA external advisory boards, Christopher Dickey, Middle
East Editor for Newsweek and The Daily Beast and CNN's chief national correspondent John King after new developments about a U.S. intelligence assessment on Syria. Our panel of experts discussed the possibility of U.S. military action in Syria.
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.
Vice President Joe Biden says there is "no doubt" the Assad regime used chemical weapons to attack innocent Syrians. If ordered to strike, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says U.S. forces are "ready to go." But what are the Obama administration's military, strategic, and diplomatic goals? Anderson asked New Yorker staff writer Dexter Filkins, Newsweek and Daily Beast special correspondent Peter Beinart, national security analyst Fran Townsend, and chief national correspondent John King.
Secretary of State John Kerry called the suspected chemical attack in Syria "a moral obscenity," and blamed the Assad regime. According to a senior administration official, in the next few days President Obama will be presented with final options on dealing with the situation in Syria. Already, four American warships in the Mediterranean are awaiting their orders. So what can we expect to happen next? Anderson asked national security analyst and former Bush administration Homeland Security Adviser Fran Townsend, former CIA officer Bob Baer, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution Mike Duran, and chief national correspondent John King.
The deadly violence in Egypt poses a significant challenge for U.S. foreign policy. Secretary of State John Kerry called today's fighting deplorable. Now the U.S. military is considering calling off plans for joint military exercises with Egypt. Did the Obama administration miss an opportunity to stop this violence? What needs to be done now that hundreds of people are dead? Anderson discussed all of this with CNN's Ivan Watson, National Security Analyst Fran Townsend, and Daily Beast Correspondent Peter Beinart.
We are learning more about the intercepted al Qaeda messages that triggered the closure of 19 U.S. Embassies around the world, and a string of drone attacks. Intelligence sources tell CNN, American code breakers recognized words they believed signaled an attack was imminent. Anderson discussed this latest information with national security analysts Fran Townsend and Peter Bergen and former senior CIA and FBI official Philip Mudd.
Sources tell CNN that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is in the final stages of planning for an unspecified operation. The State Department is issuing a global alert for Americans traveling abroad for the entire month of August. Also, as a precaution, 21 U.S. embassies will close on Sunday. Anderson discussed the situation with terrorism analyst Paul Cruikshank, national security analyst and former White House Homeland Security Advisor Fran Townsend, and also CNN’s Dana Bash and Jill Dougherty.
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