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Is a Military Intervention in Syria Inevitable?

Steven Cook, senior fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria.

A day after a revelation by a senior Obama administration official that there is “very little doubt” that the Syrian regime used a chemical weapon against civilians in an incident that killed at least a hundred people last week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that any U.S. move would be done in concert with the international community. But there is pressure in Congress for Obama to act swiftly, possibly along the lines of a U.S. air strike against Syria.

Steven Cook, senior fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, said that a military response seems inevitable at this point, though exactly how it will be administered is an open question. He said that the international community should be aware of the consequences of a response, a further destabilization of the region.

“It’s not as if this military response would not go unanswered by either the Syrians, the Iranians or the Iranians proxy, Hezbollah, which is engaged in battle both in Syria as well as increasingly at home in Lebanon,” he told PBS NewsHour Weekend’s Hari Sreenivasan.

Watch the complete interview above.

Watch more NewsHour reports on the crisis in Syria.


Editor’s note: Starting Sept. 7, the PBS NewsHour is expanding its family, adding a “PBS NewsHour Weekend” newscast on Saturdays and Sundays. The 30-minute show will be anchored by senior correspondent Hari Sreenivasan. The above interview is a selection from NewsHour Weekend’s rehearsal on Aug. 25, presented by New York PBS member station WNET and broadcast out of the Tisch WNET studios.

See more from NewsHour Weekend’s upcoming lineup here.

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