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How involved should the US get in foreign crises such as Ukraine and Gaza?

Jul 21, 2014

John Kerry Chairs UN Security Council Meetings

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry listens as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks before a meeting of the UN Security Council on July 25, 2013 in New York City.; Credit: John Moore/Getty Images

President Obama called on Russia to exert pressure on pro-Russia separatists to assist with the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 investigation in a speech this morning.  The international community has slowly come to the consensus that pro-Russia separatists might be behind the downing of Flight MH17 on Thursday, using weapons believed to have been supplied by Russia. President Obama has made clear that the U.S. will ratchet up economic sanctions against Russia if it fails to “get serious” about de-escalating the Ukraine crisis, but has offered little else on what the U.S. would do if Russia fails to comply.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry is heading back to the Middle East to help secure a cease-fire that had been agreed to in November 2012.

Poll after poll have shown that Americans are tired of the U.S. being involved in foreign conflicts. The latest evidence came courtesy of a POLITICO survey released today, finding that Americans overwhelmingly want the country to stay out of Ukraine,, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.  

With intervention fatigue firmly setting in, should the U.S. get involved in what’s happening in Gaza and Ukraine?

Guests: 

Thomas Alan Schwartz, a historian of the United States’ foreign relations and a history professor at Vanderbilt University. He is a co-editor, with Matthias Schulz, of “The Strained Alliance: U.S.-European Relations from Nixon to Carter,” (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

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