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Post Show Thoughts: Syria and the NSA

Armed Services Committee member Sen. Lindsey Graham panned President Obama's response to Syria's use of chemical weapons Sunday saying giving arms to the rebels is simply not enough. 

"The whole region's about to blow up," Graham charged, "And our foreign policy to me, I don't understand it. Whatever it is is not working."

He urged for greater involvement from the military including a no-fly zone, but "no boots on the ground."

National security was a consistent theme on this morning's program as questions about civil liberties and the war on terror have arisen after the NSA controversy. 

The leaker, Edward Snowden, has been criticized by some as being a traitor, but both Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Senator Graham stopped short  of that, saying they would leave it up to prosecutors to decide. 

The leaks also have the potential to make us less safe, according to former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden, who was a guest on the roundtable. 

"What I fear Al Qaeda learns about this program is not what we're allowed to do, but they learn what we're not allowed to do," Hayden said.

He continued to caution that achieving the appropriate balance between privacy and security could require America to be slightly less safe. 

"Living in this kind of a democracy, we're going to have to be a little bit less effective in order to be a little bit more transparent to get to do anything to defend the American people."

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