Have We Accomplished Anything With Strikes in Syria?

There appears to be a “lack of coherence” on a long term strategy, says Wayne State University Senior Lecturer Saeed Khan.

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A few days ago, the United States and its allies hit several targets in Syria as retaliation for President Bashar al Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons to attack his own people in the city of Douma. President Trump announced his intentions for the attack via Twitter. The Syrian regime has said little since the U.S. strike happened.

But what did, or could, our country accomplish with these strikes?

And what is happening to the Syrian people, who are caught between many competing interests, and seeing their lives pulled apart, or ended?

Detroit Today host Stephen Henderson spoke about what’s happening in Syria with Saeed Khan, a senior lecturer in Near and Middle East history at Wayne State University.

Khan says there isn’t a clear U.S. plan for what to do with Syrian president Bashar al Assad into the future, and any strategy seems to be dictated by Iran, Russia and Turkey. 

“This really demonstrates a complete lack of coherence when it comes to Syria by the current administration,” says Khan, “and to be fair I don’t think there was much coherence with the prior administration either.” 

To hear more from Khan on Detroit Today, click on the audio player above.


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