POLITICS
10/10/2014 08:15 pm ET Updated Oct 13, 2014

As ISIS Threatens A Key Town In Syria, Is The U.S. Playing A Dangerous Game?

As the U.S.-led coalition continues to engage the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, much of the world's attention has been focused on Kobani, a city on the northern border of Syria, a stone's throw from Turkey, that the militant group is seemingly determined to capture. The implications for those inside Kobani are dire: its citizens are facing the prospect of a massacre that's being compared to the 1995 Srebrenica genocide in Bosnia.

The Huffington Post's Sam Stein and David Wood discussed the fate of Kobani in the most recent taping of The Huffington Post's roundtable interview series, "Drinking & Talking." They were joined by State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, Time magazine reporter Mark Thompson and the Center for a New American Security's Nora Bensahel. At issue: Can the situation in Kobani spur the United States' regional partners to act, or is the U.S. playing a dangerous game of chicken?

The panel debated the global impact of Kobani falling, the motivations of neighboring Turkey, and just how difficult it has been to build and move a coalition against ISIS.

"It is not a situation where people are waiting for their assignment papers," Psaki said.

This is a short clip from a larger panel discussion. The full episode of "Drinking & Talking" will be released next week.

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