Congressional Testimony : Next Steps in Syria

Policy Analysis – Andrew J. Tabler – U.S. Senate, Committee on Foreign Relations

August 1, 2012 – Since the beginning of the Syrian uprising, Washington has repeatedly demanded that Bashar al-Assad desist from employing the most brutal tactics against his own people, only to see the regime use them anyway. With the recent assassination of four senior Syrian officials amid reports that the regime is moving its chemical weapons stockpile, Washington must now draw a line in the sand for Assad.

And this time, the Obama administration must stick to it or risk a humanitarian and national security calamity. Download Andrew Tabler’s remarks before the Senate regarding the state of the uprising against Assad, the opposition’s view of the United States, the types of assistance Washington should offer, and other factors.