IQ2 debate: Will flexing America's muscles in the Middle East make things worse?

Fighters with the Islamic State in Syria.
This undated image posted by the Raqqa Media Center, a Syrian opposition group, on Monday, June 30, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State group during a parade in Raqqa, Syria. The Gulf nation of Qatar is hitting back at suggestions that it supports the Islamic State extremist group, saying that "determined, collective action" is needed to end sectarian violence gripping Iraq and Syria. Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah unequivocally denied funding the extremist group.
Associated Press

An Intelligence Squared debate about America's role in the Middle East. How do we strike a balance between our national interests, moral obligations, and the maintenance of world order? Debate motion: Flexing America's muscles in the Middle East will make things worse.

YES: Aaron David Miller & Paul Pillar NO: Michael Doran & Bret Stephens

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