Professor: US should consider threat of regime change in Syria

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September 16, 2013, 11:17 am
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(NECN) - This plan that the US worked out with Russia would keep Syria's president in power, but there are some who feel that is not in the best interest of the United States.
Our next guest believes that intervention and the prospect of regime change should remain in play. Bill Martel is associate professor of international security studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

He joins us from our New Hampshire bureau.

What about this threat of regime change?

Martel says the likelihood of the US using military force remains quite low. He says whether we use military force or not, we ought to at least consider putting the leadership of Syria at risk.

“They are the ones that are making decisions about using military force. They are the ones that have killed their own people,” Martel says.

He has written a very interesting article where he says the threat of regime change is more valuable than regime change itself.

Martel says putting American forces in Syria is off the table, but there are lots of options we have available to put that regime at risk or at least make them think they’re at risk.

Watch the attached video for more.

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