The False Choice Between Military Action and Moral Complacency

The False Choice Between Military Action and Moral Complacency

The False Choice Between Military Action and Moral Complacency

Obama makes his case for intervention in Syria.


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Last night President Obama gave a speech outlining the administration’s policy towards Syria. Obama not only made the case for intervention, but also, as MSNBC’s Chris Hayes notes, “attempted to articulate a vision of America’s role in the world.” The speech came just one day after Russian officials expressed support for a potential diplomatic solution that would require the Assad regime to relinquish all remaining chemical weapons caches, opening the door for an alternative to military action.

Hayes spoke with Katrina vanden Heuvel, Nation editor and publisher, and Joy Reid, managing editor of, about whether a war-weary public would accept Obama’s moral argument and the renewed possibility of a negotiated settlement.

—Jake Scobey-Thal

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