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UW-Madison professor offers insight into Syrian conflict


MADISON (WKOW)-- President Barack Obama has announced his decision to seek Congressional approval before initiating a military strike against Syria. Experts and analysts have been weighing in on what that decision means moving forward.

UW-Madison foreign policy professor Katja Favretto says history has shown that anything can happen during a situation such as this. President Obama says this proposed military action would not include "boots on the ground" or a deployment of any kind, but Favretto says it's a promise that will be tough to keep.

Any time there is an intervention in a foreign country, unknown complications can arise. She believes the president's decision to seek congressional approval shows that he knows these risks and wants to make sure he has public support.

"Launching air strikes is a pretty dangerous and imprecise endeavor. Asking for congressional approval in a way gives the president a little bit more time and also absolves him from a little bit of the blame should the intervention not go as planned," Favretto says.

This is especially important since English Parliament has decided they will not be involved in a Syria intervention. Analysts believe that decision took away a major ally that President Obama was likely counting on.

Professor Favretto says a lot of Americans are probably concerned or scared about the situation, not knowing the political history in Syria that led to this current conflict.

ABC News has written a brief article that explains how the conflict got to this point.

You can read the article by clicking: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/syrian-civil-war/story?id=20112311


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