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Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: What Are We Doing in Syria?

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Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
With the president calling for U.S intervention and Congress deliberating on America's role in the crisis, Syria is everywhere in the news. In this edition of Moyers & Company, Phil Donahue sits in for Bill to speak with NPR's Middle East correspondent Deborah Amos and historian and Vietnam veteran Andrew Bacevich about the possible repercussions of a new round of actions in the Middle East. Bacevich articulates the key questions-Is a military response justified? And if we take action, where does it stop?-while Amos examines the human toll of the civil war and the impact millions of refugees will have on the region. Events are unfolding quickly, making the need for a full discussion of our motives and U.S. foreign policy-not just in regard to Syria, but in the entire Middle East-all the more urgent.
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57 min.
9 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on September 21, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
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What Are We Doing in Syria?
  • Introduction: Moyers & Company: What Are We Doing in Syria? (0:40)
  • Sponsors: Moyers & Company: What Are We Doing in Syria? (1:03)
  • Meet Guest Andrew Bacevich (1:03)
  • Failure of Middle East Policy (2:58)
  • Moral Concerns and Foreign Policy (2:05)
  • Credibility and Syria (3:25)
  • Consulting Congress on War (1:42)
  • American Power (2:24)
  • All-Volunteer Army (2:58)
  • Failure to Learn Lessons (0:54)
  • Son Killed in Iraq (1:21)
  • Sanitized War (2:23)
  • Evolution in Bacevich's Views (3:23)
  • Proper Use of Military Power (1:33)
  • Bipartisan Hawkishness (2:37)
  • Military Manipulates Emotions (4:03)
  • Syrian Refugee Crisis (2:26)
  • Destinations of Syrian Refugees (3:08)
  • Conditions in Refugee Camps (1:50)
  • Refugee Camp in Desert (4:11)
  • Jordan's Syria Policy (2:11)
  • Refugee Problem Ignored (1:26)
  • Natural and Political Disasters (2:20)
  • Need for Great Power Involvement (2:19)
  • Additional Resources, Sponsors & Credits: Moyers & Company: What Are We Doing in Syria (2:12)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c2013.
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Broadcast date: September 06, 2013.
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55438 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (57 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
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