In a room full of over 100 attentive attendees a panel discussion
played out at Dickinson College regarding Syria and the complicated question,
The panel included professors as well as former congressman and
3-star admiral Joe Sestak. His take is that the U.S. will strike because of the
commitment made to deal with other countries which use chemical weapons
"The credibility of the United States is at
risk. I think he (President Obama) boxed us in. Think we have no choice right
now, " Sestak said.
He believes the strike would be small in scope, but it will
"Operationally, tactically it's not going to have any
impact upon Assad, in Syria. But strategically to North Korea, to Iran...he has
to strike and I think you are going to see it," Sestak said.
The panel included professor Neil Diamant who teaches courses on
Israeli politics. During the course of the discussion Diamant said those in
Israel want the president to strike.
The discussion also included questions from the audience.
Dickinson senior and international studies major Jessica Karlberg was
"If it's a necessary sort of tactical strike to show that
we mean business that they biggest question mark that no one can predict is if
it will evolve into something bigger?" She added, "I hope that is