Meet the Press   |  March 24, 2013

U.S. engagement: Should we prepare?

A panel of experts discusses the president’s need to prepare the American people for engagement in a Middle East conflict.

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>> e.j. dionne , there is the prospect of conflict that can roil the region from syria as well as the threat from iran. the president also has to prepare the american public for some kind of u.s. engagement.

>> well, you know, i don't think he has to prepare the u.s. public yet for engagement. i think the supporters of the iraq war said it would be the big bang in the middle east . well, it was, but it didn't work out the way they had hoped. they were arguing that it would create a new and democratic middle east . well, there has been the uprisings which may or may not have had anything to do with the iraq war but there's a lot of instability. but i think the president's trip was really important. he had three objectives and i think he achieved two of them. he had to get right with israeli public opinion . his standing in the polls there has been low and prime minister netanyahu could use obama as a kind of foil for the last four years. i think he clearly achieved that. he had to re-establish the two state solution. democratic israel and democratic palestines and he did not -- he succeeded in doing that. what is still open is can he get these talks going again? richard is right. the short term is about iran and syria, but we have to make some progress and kerry stayed behind trying to get that