May 4th, 2013
12:59 AM ET

On GPS Sunday: What to do about Syria? And a 1-on-1 with Salman Rushdie

"Fareed Zakaria GPS," Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN

On GPS Sunday: Has Syria’s Bashar al-Assad crossed a red line? Should the U.S. intervene? Fareed convenes a panel of foreign policy thinkers, including Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass and Anne-Marie Slaughter.

“[W]e’re not going to have a negotiated settlement here. We've long, long, long since passed the line where the lions are going to lay down with the lambs,” Haass says. “This is a fight to the finish…We are in for a long civil war in Syria. This is, you know, one of these like Lebanon, like Iraq. These sectarian things have to burn out. This is going to take years.

Then, is it the end of austerity in Europe? TIME's Rana Foroohar and the Financial Times’ Gillian Tett weigh in. Plus, the Boston bombers, Islam, and immigration: a 1-on-1 interview with author Salman Rushdie.

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  1. sand

    USA can try Iran will launch an full scale invasion of Israel every USA soldier will be killed in the middle east and it will be USA last undertaking in the region.

    May 4, 2013 at 8:06 am | Reply
  2. 100 % ETHIO

    Well, almost Two years without rest and Daily killing, is passed and still now, no one comes forward to stop this bloodsheds.

    At the past, Jewish accused none-Jewish Americans, as a stand by observer while many Jewish got killed in WWII.

    May 4, 2013 at 11:17 am | Reply
  3. what u mean should, if , do we ? we must act now......

    USA AND THE FREE WORLD MUST ACT NOW AND GET RED OF BASHAR AL KALB he killed more than 11000 civilians women children sunni kurds and christeans who oppose him , he is a puppet of iran and the terrorists from hizboallah and the terrorists from shiia iraqi hizboaldawa , mahdi armi and qodos army , those killers are worse than HITLER ....we must get red of them before it is to late..let Israel attack hizboallah and let turkey attack syria and usa should take of the command and control and destroy iran

    May 4, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  4. JAL

    I am assuming that some in this group have access to recent intel that paints a nasty picture. y/n?

    May 4, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  5. j. von hettlingen

    What to do about Syria? Break it down, let the Alawites go back to their stronghold in Latakia and the surrounding areas. The Golan Heights and the surrounding Region could be turned into a refuge for the Druce and other Christian minorities. Peace talks could be held with the Sunnis to negotiate lands swap.
    The UN trouble-shooter Brahimi has enough Frustration and plans to resign. There's no hope for a peaceful transition of power.

    May 4, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Reply
  6. Billie Bob

    I would hope that you have a real conservative guest to conteract these leftie conservatives. As Ann Marie wants intervention. I see an end to the war with an ICBM. If this situation is that bad then that should be the answer not troops or more funding for foreign countrries. We have people starving here and she wants us to save some nonsense in the Middle east. To hell with the middle east. Enough. Leave it alone. or END it with total destruction.
    Only a real conservative sees solutions The other spend military lives and huge capital.

    May 5, 2013 at 10:22 am | Reply
  7. Jim LeTellier

    The segment with Richard Haass, Anne-Marie Slaughter, and Kline was outstanding – wonderful insight. May the politicians and policy makers take head!!

    May 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      Ms Slaughter, you got your own way in Libya! You remember the UN-Resolution 1973, the no-fly zone? Obama's leading-behind helped destroy Gaddafi's military capabilities and lead to his downfall. But Syria is a much different case, a nonstarter. Any US-involvement there would be a messy business.

      May 6, 2013 at 4:31 am | Reply
  8. Reason

    I like you Farid but you keep disappointing me.

    While I agree with Richard Haas that America's focus on the Middle east has been lopsided, I was disappointed to hear his recommendation that the focus needs to change to Europe and Asia. No one on the panel questioned the exclusion of the rest of the world. Is the world made up only on the Middle East, Europe and Asia? Really ? What happened to your smarts, sense of fairness, lofty education, balance, voice , podium etc ,,, Farid ?

    Will the global community EVER get to a point where those with a voice actually represent the interest of the global community, After all the show is called GPS !!!

    May 5, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Reply
  9. harry362

    "Brilliant" woman Faroohar and Tett have "found" out that Germany's austerity policies are responsible for the tribulations of the European debt countries.

    And they propose that in order to get out of their problems these countries should stop austerity and spend their way out of the crisis. – With which money? – Well, maybe with some money from Germany, and for the rest by making new debts.

    This is not "brilliance" but remarkable stupidity. Very remarkable stupidity, to put it politely.

    And this fits to Tetts idea, that the problems of the debt countries were caused by the "greed of the financial markets". – This journalist has no idea of the social realities in those debt countries, in which trade unions and populistic governments tried colluded in creating a standard of living above their real economic possibilities, by ruining their state finances and then joining the Deutsche Mark – renamed as Euro – and hoping to be able to continue with it as with their previous currencies. – This is not the fault of Germany.

    It was the fault of Germany to enter a monetary union with economies that were not fit for it..

    May 5, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  10. w.henley

    Your comments about the positive effects of Austerity in the USA, by causing Americans to live poorer, and having the pay scale in the USA closer to the rest of the world , thus allowing more corporations, to move there manufacturing operation to the US. No American can call having Americans live poorer, and with less pay a success , unless you are a corporation, rich , or a foreign government. This is not the American way of life, and will never be accepted by the American people. It is puzzling why you call this a success?

    May 5, 2013 at 8:26 pm | Reply
  11. Michael Lardner

    Dear Fareed:
    I just finished watching your show, which I watch every week, and would like to ask Ann Marie Slaughter what she means by the U.S. should take “action” in Syria. I do not hear any specifics. I do not hear her saying how she will pay for it, I do not hear her asking the American people if they want to shed any more blood in the Middle East or anywhere else for that matter or if they are willing to spend any more money on these ill begotten wars. Have we not learned anything from Viet Nam, Afghanistan or Iraq? Do we really want to become involved in another Sectarian Civil War? Have any of those who propose intervention in another war ever served in the military, have they ever been in combat and seen the torn bodies of their comrades, have they ever visited anyone in a V.A. hospital and seen the young men and women in wheel chairs trying to maneuver with one or more missing limbs? I think not!
    Foreign Policy must be based on priorities and available resources; on reality. The most critical problems or threats to America are not Iran or North Korea, not terrorism, Energy sources or Climate Change but our declining K thru 12 Education system, our literally crumbling infrastructure, our out of control debt, our unrealistic Immigration system, all of which represent the base of our power. Our base of power is eroding and our Congress debates nonsense. Whether we should intervene in Syria does not even make the top ten list of priorities.
    When Ann Marie or others speak of atrocities being committed in Syria I never hear them also speak of atrocities being committed in any of the African countries, e.g. Somalia, a lawless country and a haven for terrorists, the Congo where tens of thousands or more have died over the past decade, Sudan which seems to be at constant war. Should we not intervene in these countries as well? Ummm, no answer eh?
    These are academics having a nice Sunday afternoon enjoying a lively debate but they are not to be taken seriously. Please ask your guests some of these questions the next time you have any opportunity.

    May 7, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  12. Westsider

    Anne Marie Slaughter, the woman unwilling to sacrifice few extra hours from her family job in order to serve her country, is so nonchalantly urging us to start another war. Would her son be volunteering to serve? Would her "class" be coughing up the needed funds? Or does she plan on tapping into SS and Medicare to pay for it.

    Message to neocons parading as liberals: BACK OFF. We are done spending ourselves to make the neighborhood safe for your favorite country.

    May 11, 2013 at 3:04 am | Reply

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