News of the Ebola case and the meltdown at the Secret Service have mostly knocked reports of ISIS’ advance on the Syrian town off the front page and lead stories. (Kudos to Jake Tapper, Wolf Blitzer and CNN generally for keeping the offensive front and center, and this report from CBS News is the most recent, and it predicts street by street battles shortly.) It looks like another massacre in the making, and U.S. airstrikes, if even directed at this advance, aren’t stopping it. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had “real fears” that the militants would storm Kobani and “butcher civilians remaining in the city.”
My guest in hour three yesterday, Princeton academic Christian Sahner is simply the best informed American I have met on Syria, having spent so much time there during his Rhodes Scholarship and a post-fellowship year in Beirut in 2011-12. He is also fluent in Arabic and deeply knowledgeable about Syrian history. Every cable news channel should be grabbing him as an expert. Plus he’s a terrific guest, and though good on radio, will be even better on cable television. You can follow him on Twitter @ccsahner.
and Lawrence Wright, and later today the audio and transcript of yesterday’s interview will be posted below.