History prof. on Syria: Precedent of Iraq hanging over entire affair

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September 5, 2013, 7:40 am
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(NECN) - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voting to give the president limited authority to use force against Syria is just one step forward in a process that could stretch into the next two weeks.
William Keylor, professor of history and international relations at Boston University, joined us with insight and his thoughts on the matter.

Senator Ed Markey made news when he voted “present” on the proposal, and not making a stance on the strike. What does Keylor think about this?

“I think the precedent of Iraq is hanging over this entire affair here and Markey as well as others are worried they’ll be expected to vote “yes” on a military action that turns out to be the disaster that Iraq was,” said Keylor.

Keylor said that President Obama has emphasized that the international community must act to respond to the chemical attack, but no other countries are joining in.

“Where is the international community,” said Keylor.

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