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  • All-Russian Muslim Board calls on U.S., France, Turkey to drop plans to attack Syria

    09/20/2013 12:52:07 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies ^ | September 11, 2013
    Moscow, September 11, Interfax - Farid Salman, the head of the Ulema Council of the All-Russian Muslim Board, has called on the leaders of the United States, France, and Turkey to drop their plans to launch a military strike against Syria. "There is the impression that the U.S. authorities have imagined themselves to be the sole masters on this planet. People believing in God know that the Egyptian Pharaoh once imagined himself to be the Most High Lord on Earth. And God struck him down with a punishment in the other world and in this one," the Ulema Council said...
  • US ready for Syria military strike if talks fail: Obama

    09/14/2013 4:47:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    AFP News ^ | September 14, 2013
    President Barack Obama said on Saturday he was willing to give a chance to diplomacy to help resolve the Syrian crisis, but warned the military option was still on the table. "Since this plan emerged only with a credible threat of US military action, we will maintain our military posture in the region to keep the pressure on the Assad regime," Obama said in his weekly address.
  • Military Times Survey: 75% of Troops Oppose Strikes On Syria

    09/13/2013 10:19:28 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | September 13, 2013
    It’s always a good sign for an empire’s fortunes when the commander in chief of the armed forces completely loses the confidence and trust of the troops. While we have all seen various polls demonstrating the general public’s complete opposition to unprovoked military aggression against Syria, I hadn’t seen a survey focused on military members until now. The results are not good for the establishment. From the Military Times: Note: The article quotes the Military Times at this point. The Times is a Gannett publication which we cannot excerpt due to their restrictions. You will have read the article to...
  • Assad says US must stop military threats, and Israel must sign WMD treaties

    09/13/2013 10:22:38 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 17 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 9/12/2013 | TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF
    Syria’s President Bashar Assad on Thursday demanded that Israel ratify international treaties on non-proliferation of nonconventional weapons, and that the US promise not to attack his regime, as he set conditions for a negotiated resolution of the crisis over his chemical weapon. Assad said he would submit data on his country’s chemical weapons stockpile a month after signing an international convention banning the arms, adding that it was Russia, and not the US, that was making a negotiated solution possible. His comments were believed to mark Assad’s first formal acknowledgement that he has chemical weapons. Calling a month wait the...
  • U.S. Won’t Insist U.N. Resolution Threaten Force on Syria, Officials Say

    09/13/2013 2:58:28 PM PDT · by sunmars · 53 replies
    WASHINGTON — President Obama will not insist on a United Nations resolution threatening to use force to ensure that Syria lives up to its commitment to turn over chemical weapons, but will seek other tangible consequences for Syria if it does not comply, senior administration officials said Friday. Although Mr. Obama reserves the right to order a punitive military strike on his own without United Nations backing if Syria reneges, the officials said he understood that Russia, because of its veto power in the Security Council, would never allow a resolution that authorized such a use of force. France, which...
  • Hoyer: Obama doesn't need approval from Congress to strike Syria's Assad

    09/13/2013 5:18:30 AM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/13/13
    House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said President Obama has the go-ahead to use military force in Syria without congressional approval if negotiations fall through.  Hoyer, who supported a resolution authorizing military force, said Obama would be in a stronger position if he went through Congress, but Russia and Syria should understand it is not necessary.  “If we passed a resolution, he’d have a stronger hand,” Hoyer said in an interview with Bloomberg’s Al Hunt to air Sunday. “But having said that, neither the Russians nor the Syrians ought to conclude that the president is without authority to act.”Secretary of...
  • Syria positive about giving up chemical weapons

    09/09/2013 8:01:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 107 replies
    AP ^ | 09/09/2013 | By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    MOSCOW (AP) — In a surprise move, Russia promised Monday to push its ally Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control and then dismantle them quickly to avert U.S. strikes. The announcement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov came a few hours after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that Syrian President Bashar Assad could resolve the crisis surrounding the alleged use of chemical weapons by his forces by surrendering control of "every single bit" of his arsenal to the international community by the end of the week.
  • Syria welcomes Russia's proposal for Damascus to put its chemical weapons under (intl control)..

    09/09/2013 8:44:44 AM PDT · by maggief · 195 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 9, 2013
    Headline only. Syria welcomes Russia's proposal for Damascus to put its chemical weapons under international control: Foreign Minister Walid Al-Moualem by Margarita Noriega (Reuters) 10:41 AM
  • Putin Takes Advantage of Kerry Blunder

    09/09/2013 12:32:20 PM PDT · by mojito · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/9/2013 | John Nolte
    In what looks like an off-the-cuff blunder, Secretary of State John Kerry might have accidentally given Russian President Vladmir Putin the opportunity to muddy the international diplomatic waters and buy his friends in Syria some time. During a press briefing on Monday, Kerry said that Assad could avoid American air strikes by giving up all his chemical weapons within a week. Within hours, the State Department was forced to walk Kerry's new red line back with the claim that he was making a "rhetorical argument about the impossibility and unlikelihood of Assad turning over chemical weapons he has denied he...
  • No Syria Attack Without Congressional Approval, Obama Aide Says [Both Sides of Mouth Alert]

    09/09/2013 6:14:51 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    ABC ^ | 9/9/13 | Jonathan Karl
    With support tanking in Congress for a US military strike on Syria, the big question is whether President Obama would go forward with an attack if Congress does not approve one...
  • Kinzinger: I’m Trying to Get Support for Syria, but the White House Won’t Call Me Back GOP REP

    09/09/2013 7:03:33 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 17 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 8, 2013 | By Andrew Johnson
    “I don’t even know who my White House liaison is,” a frustrated Representative Adam Kinzinger, who supports military action in Syria, said on This Week this morning. The Illinois Republican told George Stephanopoulos that his office reached out to the White House to help “round up support” for authorization last week. “I haven’t heard back from the White House yet — I haven’t heard back from anyone,” he said. Kinzinger praised President Obama’s assessment of this situation in Syria, but said the “trust deficit” with Congress will prevent it from passing. “You can’t begin to build a relationship with Congress...
  • China sending warship to Syrian coast

    09/08/2013 2:08:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 8, 2013 | Jazz Shaw
    We spend a lot of time debating the domestic ramifications of President Obama’s handling – to use the word loosely – of the situation in Syria, ranging from political fallout to impacts on upcoming elections. But it’s a big world out there and other countries have taken a keen interest in the subject. You can now bump up the level of engagement that China has in this mess, as they have dispatched a warship of their own to the party. China has reportedly sent warships to the coast of Syria to “observe” the actions of US and Russian ships as...
  • Operation Cockamamie: The Damascus Follies

    09/08/2013 10:49:12 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 8, 2013 | Clarice Feldman
    Looking over the week's crazy developments, I can see only one coherent strand in Obama's foreign policy. He wants to make sure that John Kerry and Hillary Clinton will never be elected president. After sacrificing Hillary's career on the blood-streaked walls of Benghazi he had Kerry appear before the Congress and take positions utterly at odds with those he's taken all his life, supplied him with information disputed by other members of the administration, and had him make indefensible statements without any evidentiary support at all. By way of example, Kerry asserted that the chemical weapons case against Syria was...
  • John Kerry Careful Not To Rule Out Return To UN For Syria Resolution [US Punts?]

    09/08/2013 10:23:21 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    Guardian (U.K.) ^ | September 08, 2013
    John Kerry Careful Not To Rule Out Return To UN For Syria Resolution Secretary of state says 'the president and all of us are listening carefully to all our friends' after ally France hints at UN route 8 September 2013 The United States said on Sunday it did not rule out returning to the United Nations security council to secure a Syria resolution once UN inspectors complete a report on a chemical weapons attack, but also indicated that Arab countries were seeking a tough response. Speaking at a news conference in Paris after meeting key Arab foreign ministers, secretary of...
  • Susan Rice Will Brief Congress on Syria on Anniversary of Benghazi

    09/08/2013 12:32:30 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 59 replies
    Susan Rice Will Brief Congress on Syria on Anniversary of Benghazi September 8, 2013 - 2:36 PM By Terence P. Jeffrey ( - Susan Rice, who falsely told the nation that the terrorist attacks in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012 had developed out of a spontaneous demonstration against a YouTube video, will mark the one year anniversary of those attacks by briefing Congress to make the administration's case for authorizing President Barack Obama to use military force in Syria. The administration has decided to make Rice a key point person for pushing military intervention in Syria. On Monday, Rice will...
  • Petraeus backs Obama in push for strike on Syria

    09/08/2013 11:02:19 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 25 replies
    foxnews ^ | 9/8/13
    <p>Retired Army Gen. David Petraeus is throwing his considerable weight behind the push for military action against Syria, saying a failure to act, “would have serious ramifications not just in the Mideast, but around the world.”</p> <p>Politico reports the one-time CIA director under President Obama penned a strongly worded statement in support of his former boss’ call-to-action in response to Syria's purported use of chemical weapons, writing, “I strongly support congressional approval of President Obama’s request for authority to undertake military action against the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad.</p>
  • Kass: As Obama stumbles on Syria, his allies doggedly spin

    09/08/2013 9:44:24 AM PDT · by mojito · 26 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9/8/2013 | John Kass
    ...[W]atching President Barack Obama stumble through his news conference from the G-20 summit last week and trying to talk us into war with Syria, I couldn't help thinking about dogs. It was a stupid thought, yes, but I didn't put it there. One of the president's men put it there. A guy named David Axelrod, who brought it up on Twitter. Axelrod, the Democratic mouthpiece of Chicago mayors, is the guy who aligned himself with an inexperienced Illinois legislative back-bencher and ended up installing him in the White House. And after the president announced he would seek congressional approval for...
  • Could Obama's Indecisiveness Have Helped Postpone WW3?

    09/08/2013 8:06:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | September 8, 2013 | Michael Youssef
    The buzz in the Middle East media is that the real reason President Obama changed his mind about striking Syria last week was not, in fact, that he is indecisive. Nor was it that the concept of war goes against his grain. Nor that there’s a major division between his personal advisors and government officials. Nor that the Arab League voted against America striking Syria and wanted the United Nations to intervene. Nor even that the British House of Commons pulled the rug out from under him by voting against a British attack on Syria—essentially slapping Obama’s primary supporter, Prime...
  • White House: 'Common-sense test' makes Assad government to blame for Syrian chemical attack

    09/08/2013 8:45:19 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 146 replies ^ | 9 8 2013
    White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough asserted that a "common-sense test" rather than "irrefutable, beyond-a-reasonable-doubt evidence" makes the Syrian government responsible for a chemical weapons attack that Obama says demands a U.S. military response. McDonough acknowledged the risks that military action could drag the U.S. into the middle of a brutal civil war and endanger allies such as Israel with a retaliatory attack.
  • US ( Obama ): 'Common-sense test' holds Assad responsible

    09/08/2013 9:09:34 AM PDT · by Innovative · 23 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept 8, 2013 | AP
    The White House asserted Sunday that a "common-sense test" rather than "irrefutable, beyond-a-reasonable-doubt evidence" makes the Syrian government responsible for a chemical weapons attack that President Barack Obama says demands a U.S. military response. At the same time, chief of staff Denis McDonough acknowledged the risks that military action could drag the U.S. into the middle of a brutal civil war and endanger allies such as Israel with a retaliatory attack.
  • Lindsey Graham: Attack Syria or Iran Will Nuke Charleston

    09/08/2013 5:13:33 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 48 replies ^ | 06 Sep 2013
    At an invitation-only breakfast for establishment Republican types in Mount Pleasant, S.C. this week, Graham said that if America doesn’t take military action against the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, Iran will acquire a nuclear weapon by the end of 2014. “I believe that if we get Syria wrong, within six months – and you can quote me on this – there will be a war between Iran and Israel over their nuclear program,” Graham said, according to U.S. News and World Report. But the fear-mongering didn’t stop there. Graham says this conflict will come home to – of...
  • Who Is Going To Buy The US Debt If This War Causes China, Russia To Turn On Us?

    09/07/2013 1:48:47 PM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 49 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 9-7-13 | Tyler Durden/Michael Snyder
    <p>Full title: Who Is Going To Buy The US Debt If This War Causes China, Russia And The Rest Of The World To Turn On Us?</p> <p>Yesterday we implied a difficult question when we illustrated the huge size of US Treasury bond holdings that China and Russia have between them - accounting for 25% of all foreign held debt - implicitly funding US standards of living (along with the Federal Reserve). The difficult question is "Can the U.S. really afford to greatly anger the rest of the world when they are the ones that are paying our bills?" What is going to happen if China, Russia and many other large nations stop buying our debt and start rapidly dumping U.S. debt that they already own? If the United States is not very careful, it is going to pay a tremendous economic price for taking military action in Syria.</p>
  • Petraeus calls on Congress to back White House on Syria

    09/07/2013 1:34:55 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 168 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/7/13 | MIKE ALLEN and JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    Retired Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, former CIA director under President Barack Obama, called strongly Saturday for Congress to back the White House on Syria, declaring that military action against the regime is “necessary” to deter “Iran, North Korea and other would-be aggressors.” “Failure of Congress to approve the president’s request would have serious ramifications not just in the Mideast but around the world,” Petraeus said in a four-sentence statement provided to POLITICO.
  • GOP Senators invited to Biden dinner Sunday: Ayotte, Blunt, Chambliss, Coats, Collins, Corker..

    09/06/2013 12:12:32 PM PDT · by maggief · 55 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 6, 2013
    GOP Senators invited to Biden dinner Sunday: Ayotte,, Blunt, Chambliss, Coats, Collins, Corker, Graham, Fischer, McCain, Murkowski, Thune... Aide says VP Biden has invited a dozen Republican Senators to dinner Sunday to discuss Syria and authorization bill. — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 6, 2013
  • McCain’s [Obama's, Kerry's, O'Bagy's] Moderate Rebel Army: We’ll Quit If You Take al Qaeda Away

    09/06/2013 1:00:31 PM PDT · by thouworm · 8 replies
    NRO ^ | Sept 4, 2013 | Andrew McCarthy
    The deputy to General Salim Idriss — the Free Syrian Army commander Senator McCain would have us back — has announced that the mujahideen rebels’ supreme council will disband unless the West drops its demands to steer clear of violent jihadists and refrain from attempting to take over the Assad regime’s chemical weapons stocks. The Foreign Policy report is excerpted by Weasel Zippers, including this:
  • Report: Securing Syrian Chemical Weapons Would Take 75,000 Ground Troops

    09/05/2013 1:00:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies ^ | September 5, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    During a hearing in front of the House Foreign Relations Committee Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry suggested the United States would eventually need to put boots on the ground in Syria in order to secure stockpiles of chemical weapons. When pressed on the issue, Kerry quickly walked back the troops on the ground option and stated he was simply "thinking out loud" when he made the statement. A resolution passed by the Senate Armed Service Committee yesterday, leaving wiggle room for troops to be eventually placed on the ground in Syria. Now, the Daily Mail is reporting the Pentagon...
  • Syria Senate Whip Count - Where We Stand

    09/05/2013 9:32:50 AM PDT · by Viennacon · 54 replies
    Various | 9/5/2013 | Me
    A breakdown of how the Syria vote is shaping up in the senate. Against - Democrats: Chris Murphy, Tom Udall Republicans: Marco Rubio, Jim Risch, Jerry Moran, Pat Roberts, Rand Paul, David Vitter, Jim Inhofe, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Ron Johnson, John Barrasso Leaning No - Democrats: Tom Harkin, Joe Manchin, Bernie Sanders Republicans: John Boozman, Mike Crapo, Chuck Grassley, Dean Heller, Lamar Alexander, John Cornyn, Mike Enzi For - Democrats: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Frankenfeinstein, Tom Carper, Bill Nelson, Dick Turban, Ben Cardin, Carl Levin, Al Franken, Kay Hagan, Jeanne Shaheen, Bob Menendez, Dingy Harry, Bob Casey, Tim Kaine, Angus...
  • The “no’s” keep piling up on Syria resolution in the House

    09/05/2013 9:32:06 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 5 | Aaron Blake and Sean Sullivan
    Congress took the first formal step toward approving military action in Syria on Wednesday, with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s 10-7 vote to send its resolution to the full chamber. But whether or not the resolution winds up passing in the Senate, the real hurdle remains in the GOP-controlled House. And things on that front are looking progressively dimmer for the Obama administration.
  • Obomber's Drive By Shooting (call it what it is!)

    09/05/2013 2:57:55 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    Hat tip to E. Pluribus Unum for discerning what this planned Syrian operation actually is: "the international equivalent of a drive-by shooting"
  • US says Russia holding UN Council 'hostage' on Syria (Samantha Power)

    09/05/2013 1:37:26 PM PDT · by maggief · 37 replies
    AFP ^ | September 5, 2013
    The United States on Thursday accused Russia of holding the UN Security Council "hostage" over the Syria chemical weapons crisis. With the White House pushing Congress to approve military strikes on Syria, US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said she could see no way to seek Security Council approval for action against President Bashar al-Assad because of Russia's blocking. Amid mounting tensions between Washington and Moscow, Power said Russia's protection of Assad has put the whole Security Council system of handling international crises under strain. "Even in the wake of the flagrant shattering of the international norm against...
  • So You've Bombed Syria. What Next?

    09/04/2013 11:15:12 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies ^ | AUGUST 29, 2013 | BY EDWARD P. JOSEPH AND ELIZABETH O’BAGY
    Any serious peace plan needs to put security front and center. For more than two years, impassioned advocates have called for U.S. military intervention in Syria in order to advance a peace settlement. Now, in the wake of last week's horrific chemical weapons attack in a suburb of Damascus, military intervention finally looks imminent. But what of the prospects for peace? At the moment, views are split within and outside the Obama administration over whether the United States should strike Bashar al-Assad merely to punish him for using chemical weapons -- reasserting U.S. regional credibility in the process -- or take...

    09/04/2013 12:55:06 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 37 replies
    Ann Coulter ^ | 9-4-2013 | Ann Coulter
    COMMUNITY ORGANIZER GOES TO WAR Ann Coulter September 4, 2013 Oh, how I long for the days when liberals wailed that "the rest of the world" hated America, rather than now, when the rest of the world laughs at us. With the vast majority of Americans opposing a strike against Syria, President Obama has requested that Congress vote on his powers as commander in chief under the Constitution. The president doesn't need congressional approval to shoot a few missiles into Syria, nor -- amazingly -- has he said he'll abide by such a vote, anyway. Why is Congress even having...
  • Putin presses US Congress over Syria, says Kerry lied

    09/04/2013 8:27:20 AM PDT · by don-o · 47 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 4, 2013
    (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday the U.S. Congress had no right to approve the use of force against Syria without a decision from the U.N. Security Council, and that doing so would be an "act of aggression". snip In remarks that could raise tension further before he hosts President Barack Obama and other G20 leaders on Thursday, Putin also said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry lied to Congress about the militant group al Qaeda's role in the Syrian conflict. "They lie beautifully, of course. I saw debates in Congress. A congressman asks Mr Kerry: 'Is...
  • Let’s Join One Another to Crush the Unholy, Unruly, Jihadi Muslims[by Vladimir Putin]

    09/03/2013 12:50:43 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 44 replies ^ | 9/3/13 | Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin
    How do I put this politely? You Americans are dumb. Today, Russia and America are fighting each other over fighting the Muslim radicals. Instead, we should be uniting to crush these violent Islamists, once and for all. You Americans want to remove my ally, the Syrian leader Bashar Al-Assad.
  • Gingrich Urges 'No' Vote on Syria

    09/03/2013 9:59:33 PM PDT · by kingattax · 42 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 9-3-13
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich urged Congress Tuesday to "vote no" on a military strike against Syria and instead begin debate on what he described as even bigger strategic challenges for the United States and the world. "The most powerful nation in the world does not need a three- or four-week debate about a limited, symbolic, tactical use of power," the Georgia Republican wrote Tuesday in an opinion piece for CNN, as he urged Congress to "vote no on a meaningless public relations use of military force against [Syrian President Bashar Assad]. "What we do need are three debates about...
  • U.S. House speaker Boehner says he will support action in Syria

    09/03/2013 8:31:21 AM PDT · by maggief · 350 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 3, 2013
  • How not to run foreign policy

    09/03/2013 9:38:14 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/2/2013 | Elliott Abrams
    In March 2011, President Obama committed the United States to action in Libya that involved roughly 100 cruise missile firings, 12 U.S. Navy ships in the Mediterranean, and 75 U.S. Air Force and Navy aircraft including B-2 bombers. And the Libyan case involved no use of chemical warfare by Muammar Qadhafi. Still, the president saw no reason to seek a congressional vote.
  • Obama Calls in Former Top Aides for Help on Syria (Obama loads up clown car)

    09/03/2013 10:16:17 AM PDT · by kristinn · 20 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Tuesday, September 3, 2013 | Carol E. Lee
    In case the White House hasn’t underscored just how high the stakes are for President Barack Obama in seeking congressional authority on military action in Syria, some of his longest-serving former aides were summoned to the West Wing Tuesday to help with the president’s strategy to win support. David Plouffe, a former White House senior adviser and Mr. Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, Robert Gibbs, former White House press secretary,Jon Favreau, Mr. Obama’s former chief speechwriter, and Tommy Vietor, a former National Security Council spokesman, were seen arriving at the White House around noon. White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough...
  • Sarah Palin calls for restraint in Syria

    09/02/2013 9:43:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    While it seems as if members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are aggressively calling for action to be taken against the Syrian government over its alleged use of chemical weapons on its own citizens, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin seems to be taking a position more in line with the founding fathers by calling for restraint. In a Facebook page Palin said regarding the country’s internal civil war that President Barack Obama should “let Allah sort it out.” “Our Nobel Peace Prize winning President needs to seek Congressional approval before taking us to war. It’s nonsense to...
  • Obama’s Coalition of the Unwilling-The president and Kerry lose Europe.

    09/03/2013 7:08:11 AM PDT · by SJackson · 39 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | September 3, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    In 2004 and 2008, John Kerry and Barack Obama ran for office on a platform of repairing our diplomatic relations with Europe that they claimed George W. Bush had shattered with his unilateral cowboy antics. Fast forward nine and five years respectively and the diplomatic dream team of Kerry and Obama, one of whom even speaks French, has assembled a Coalition of the Unwilling that mostly consists of France. Obama and Kerry may have gained France, whose loss under Bush occasioned much agonizing from the Democrats, but they lost the United Kingdom, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland the Ukraine and...
  • Obama's call for Syria strike draws protests at home (Uh, oh...)

    09/02/2013 6:05:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | 8/31/13 | Jeff Pegues
    **SNIP** Meanwhile, the president didn't have to look far to find those opposed to the idea of a U.S. strike against the Assad regime. Some of the very vocal opposition was heard right outside the Oval Office. "President Obama, take your hands off Syria!" declared one protester. Outside the White House on Saturday, protesters called possible military action in Syria illegal and immoral. "The American people are opposed to it," said another person. There were dozens of people, like 28-year-old Lana Ismail. "In war, the first thing to go is the truth," she said.
  • The White House walk-and-talk that changed Obama's mind on Syria (CAPTION)

    09/02/2013 1:26:57 PM PDT · by Libloather · 56 replies
    NBC News ^ | 8/30/13 | Chuck Todd
    A stroll around the White House grounds with his top adviser on Friday evening changed President Barack Obama’s mind about getting Congress to sign off on a military strike in Syria, senior White House officials told NBC News. Obama had been leaning toward attacking Syria without a congressional vote for the past week, the officials said. Obama was convinced he had the evidence to back up a strike and as a result dispatched Secretary of State John Kerry to make a passionate case for U.S. action. But only hours after Kerry called Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "a thug and a...
  • Everyone in This Syria Play is a Liar

    09/05/2013 12:06:55 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 15 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 9/5/2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Folks, the Syria news today -- it was bad yesterday. It was embarrassing yesterday. Today the whole world is laughing at us, and I am not kidding. Even liberals. Even these wacko Looney Tunes pajama-clad website posters, these progressives, as they call themselves. These people think Obama and Kerry are lying to 'em. They don't want another war. They don't want a single missile launched ever. They think they're being lied to. I mean, Obama doesn't even have his base on this. And according to whip counts and head counts right now, it looks like Obama's request...
  • White House launches Syria Web site

    09/05/2013 10:26:51 AM PDT · by don-o · 20 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 5, 2013 | Aaron Blake
    The White House has launched a new Web site pitching its case for military action in Syria. National Security Adviser Susan Rice announced the site in a tweet Thursday morning. At the top of the site are the words “Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria,” along with a quote from President Obama making the case for U.S. intervention. “Explore this page to learn more about President Obama’s response to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons in Syria and get the latest news from the White House about the situation,” the site says.
  • Kerry, Dempsey And Hagel Move "Syria Pitch" To 'The House' - Live Webcast

    09/04/2013 9:05:31 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 9/4/13 | Tyler Durden
    Yesterday, it was the Senate committee on foreign relations, today it is the House committee on foreign affairs' turn. Hagel, Kerry, and a seemingly begrudging General Dempsey trudge across the street to re-pitch the 'surgical, 90-day minimum, no-well-maybe-some-boots-on-the-ground' "use of force in Syria," and "weighing the Obama Administration's Response."
  • Insight: As Obama blinks on Syria, Israel, Saudis make common cause

    09/02/2013 11:31:22 AM PDT · by apoliticalone · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9-2-1013 | Jeffrey Heller and Angus McDowall
    If President Barack Obama has disappointed Syrian rebels by deferring to Congress before bombing Damascus, he has also dismayed the United States' two main allies in the Middle East. Israel and Saudi Arabia have little love for each other but both are pressing their mutual friend in the White House to hit President Bashar al-Assad hard. And both do so with one eye fixed firmly not on Syria but on their common adversary - Iran. Israel's response to Obama's surprise move to delay or even possibly cancel air strikes made clear that connection: looking soft on Assad after accusing him...
  • Obama’s bombing resolution seeks blank check from Congress

    09/02/2013 11:30:15 AM PDT · by libstripper · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Sept 1, 2013 | CONN CARROLL
    President Obama has released the text of the resolution he will send to Congress, asking them to rubber stamp his already-made decision to bomb Syria. The full text of the resolution is below, but here are the key paragraphs:
  • Graham and McCain live on Fox right now urging Congress to vote for Syria attack

    09/02/2013 12:15:15 PM PDT · by Winstons Julia · 130 replies
    vanity | 09/02/13 | winston's julia
    Blaming Obama that the American public doesn't understand how important it is. They are saying they don't want "endless war" and won't advocate another "Iraq or Afghanistan."
  • Senator McCain Urges Congress to Protect Obama’s Threat Credibility

    09/01/2013 4:31:40 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 62 replies ^ | September 1, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Senator McCain has had a busy day making a variety of confused statements 1. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is “euphoric” about President Obama’s surprise announcement Saturday that he will seek congressional authorization for a limited strike in the war-torn country, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Sunday on “Face the Nation.” 2. Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., criticized President Barack Obama’s plans for limited air strikes on Syria as “cosmetic” Friday, saying the failure of the United States to intervene in the country’s civil war was “shameful.” 3. “We’re in a bit of a dilemma here, because I think Senator Lindsey Graham...
  • International weapons experts leave Syria, U.S. prepares attack

    08/31/2013 8:19:58 AM PDT · by sockmonkey · 80 replies
    Reuters US Edition ^ | | Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:35am EDT | Erika Solomon
    U.N. experts investigating a poison gas attack in Syria left the country on Saturday, paving the way for the United States to lead military strikes to punish President Bashar al-Assad. U.S. President Barack Obama said the United States, which has five cruise-missile equipped destroyers in the region, was planning "limited, narrow" military action to punish Assad for an attack that Washington said killed 1,429 people. "We cannot accept a world where women and children and innocent civilians are gassed on a terrible scale," Obama said on Friday after Washington unveiled an intelligence assessment concluding Assad's forces were to blame for...