Hariri Center Experts React to President Obama’s Speech on Syria

President Barack Obama presented his case regarding US policy in Syria the evening of September 10, 2013. In it, he outlined his awareness of American war weariness in looking back on a decade of wartime engagement in the region, but warned against the strategic and moral dangers of doing nothing in the face of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s willingness to use chemical weapons. Ultimately, the president asked Congress to postpone the vote on the use of force in Syria until diplomatic options proposed by Russia have been fully explored. The Atlantic Council’s experts have weighed in with their views on this complex and historically significant moment in the Syrian conflict. Harir Center experts Ambassador Frederic Hof and Faysal Itani’s views are presented below. For additional views expressed by Atlantic Council experts, click here.

Fred Hof, senior fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, served as ambassador in connection with his duties as special advisor for transition in Syria for the US State Department.

Faysal Itanifellow with the Hariri Center, has commented throughout this crisis on the regional reactions. He weighs in from that perspective on President Obama’s message.

Related Experts: Faysal Itani and Frederic C. Hof

Image: The President spoke about the United States' response to the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons that killed more than 1,400 civilians — including more than 400 children. (Photo: White House)