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How to Talk About Syria (Today)

Published August 30, 2013

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Policymakers and political candidates are wrestling with the question of how to talk about the U.S. response to the chemical weapons attacks in Syria. The situation is extremely fluid—and changing almost hour-by-hour—and it remains unclear when and how the U.S. will respond.

Third Way recommends the following message in this moment:

  • "There's a lot we don't know right now, and the situation is changing hour-to-hour. But here are two things I do know:

First, if those chemical weapons fall into the hands of al Qaeda, that is a threat to the security of the United States.

Second, it is imperative that anyone seeking or serving in elective office ensure that they know the facts before passing judgment on the use of military force. I will not be rushed into such a decision before the facts are in.

  • This President is reviewing the intelligence and is making judgments based on that information. I trust his judgment, but I also believe that he has an obligation to share what information he can with Congress and the American people.

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