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Certainly that is a big story domestically Rick that we can't forget about what's happening overseas where we're hearing reports that the fighting inside of Libya especially -- getting more.
And more intends.
How well over the last several hours even in the meantime in Syria.
More protests against -- the president there president inside some say Kobe the next Middle Eastern leader to -- on questions remain about.
How the US should proceed in Syria if at all and how our actions inside Libya.
Have set a precedent for a not for our mideast strategy might -- -- -- former senior director at Middle Eastern affairs the National Security Council he's off so.
The managing director at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy so.
Michael -- is the events of the last week what is that released today.
Our role in Libya what does this say about our broader strategy in the Middle East overall.
Was and I'm not sure that it says a whole lot about our broader strategy administration has said from the beginning of the -- -- -- each one of these situations is different and they'll proceed differently from place to place that a good thing.
Well you know what it -- -- to wonder though what are the actual principles or -- objectives that are guiding the administration's strategy it's the duke case by case tactics are one thing.
Case by case strategy is another room and so I think a lot of people now we're gonna look at Libya a lot of people in Italy's and say well there was military intervention by the west there and it succeeded for now.
So why is there no movement towards intervention in Syria when the same thing is happening there and say for now.
That's right so I think what we're seeing in Libya is that.
Tripoli fell and that means that the regime is essentially fallen but there's a big question -- -- what happens now.
There are pockets of resistance in Tripoli itself and in their whole cities.
Search and -- -- for example.
That the rebels this went around there aren't really sort of Qaddafi strongholds and so we don't know if this is going to turn into a -- situation.
Or somebody looks more like an insurgency.
Back in March when this started that NATO coalition intervention.
We talked about contradictions about why we're getting in Libya why were we in places like Syria.
Do you think we're at a point where this year you will see either coalition involvement -- direct US involvement summer house in the Middle East whether Syria -- other places.
I think the Obama administration is very keen to avoid that -- they're -- he's done everything they will they keep talking about how they they certainly don't wanna go and -- Syrians aren't calling for it.
But they may trip over their own rhetoric a little bit here because there -- raising Libya now is a model of success for international intervention.
And if Syrian opposition to start asking for intervention in Syria they'll be hard pressed to explain why would work there and other places.
You know I I think at this point Jenna.
They're right the Syrian opposition and Syrian people probably don't want.
Military intervention in Syria the Arab League hasn't called Ford and -- never called for -- given that there are now they now have their minds and other things.
But I think as the as what happens in Syria goes on you may see a rising chorus of voices inside Syria saying.
We would like intervention by NATO.
-- our attention seem appropriate as far as our attention on Libya we hear murmurs of what's happening in Iran missile tests happening there.
Of course figured out what's happening in Syria we still know what's happening in Egypt.
Is the attention -- focused so much and Libya right now appropriate for for what we're dealing with as far as -- evolution or revolution that's happening in the Middle East.
Well you know foreign policy is so often crisis driven to reacting to whatever is happening in the region -- reacting to things as they sort of bubble up and it certainly is in the story in the Middle East this year.
But you're actually right that is very important to anticipate threats not just react to crises as they happen.
And certainly we haven't heard much so far this year about Iran but all the while Ron has been expanding its nuclear program in getting closer and closer to nuclear weapons capability.
And that's a story we can't.
Afford to lose sight of the United States and we're gonna have a lot more competitions like this month I think -- I think we -- that there is certainly developments today and and obviously over the next several weeks to -- and it -- my thanks again for coming and thank you get a nice to have you.
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