Michael O’Hanlon – Military Advisor for the Brooking Institute
Last week Michael O’Hanlon a senior fellow at the Brooking Institute for Defense and Foreign Policy talked about the Syrian civil war and compared it to Bosnia in the late 1990’s. The US was eventually shamed into intervention in Bosnia with air power. In Syria the longer the civil war, the larger the outside Muslim terrorists foot hold in Syria will become, and the bigger the terrorist threat will be to us, Europe, and Israel. But this time the solution won’t be from the air. Michael said the US will intervene in Syria with European and Muslim countries as allies. After about 10 minutes, Michael opened up for questions which he took 3 at a time. He talked about Iran, sanctions and Israel’s lack of patience and about Israel/Palestine negotiations. He was asked “what effected the fact that by 2015, due to fracking technology, the US will be the largest producer of oil and natural gas will have on the Middle East situation?” He said that it is already having an effect on sanctions in Iran.