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Was U.S. ‘outfoxed’ on Syria?

Was U.S. ‘outfoxed’ on Syria?

Lawmakers assessing the agreement on Syria’s chemical weapons argued Sunday about whether President Barack Obama was outfoxed by the Russians and had lost leverage in trying to end the civil war, or whether his threat of military action propelled the breakthrough. Obama said the turn to diplomacy had laid “a foundation” toward political settlement of […]

Obama unsure about Russia

Obama unsure about Russia

President Barack Obama says a U.S.-Russian agreement offers a chance to destroy Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons and promises to end the threat they pose to Syrians and the world. But the two powers are divided over the fate of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Obama, speaking in a television interview taped before Saturday’s announcement of […]

Plenty of doubt about ‘evidence’ of Syria gas attack

Plenty of doubt about ‘evidence’ of Syria gas attack

The U.S. government insists it has the intelligence to prove it, but the American public has yet to see a single piece of concrete evidence — no satellite imagery, no transcripts of Syrian military communications — connecting the government of President Bashar Assad to the alleged chemical weapons attack last month that killed hundreds of […]

‘Common sense’ to hold Assad of Syria responsible?

‘Common sense’ to hold Assad of Syria responsible?

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. As part of a major push to win the backing of a divided Congress and skeptical American public, Obama’s top aide […]

Democrats divided over Syria

Democrats divided over Syria

President Barack Obama’s pursuit of a military strike in Syria has put congressional Democrats and party leaders around the country in a tough spot. They face loud opposition from war-weary constituents at home and are wary of being pulled into another foreign conflict. But they also are confronted with grim images from Syria of gassed […]

Candidate Obama was a dove but President Obama is a hawk

Candidate Obama was a dove but President Obama is a hawk

As a candidate focused on his own election, Barack Obama championed restraint and global cooperation when faced with security threats. Now, as commander in chief of a world superpower, his rhetoric of the past is being tested by the reality of today as he presses Congress to allow the United States to launch a military […]

Divided vote in Senate over Obama’s war plans; More trouble in House?

Divided vote in Senate over Obama’s war plans; More trouble in House?

A Senate panel’s deep divide over giving President Barack Obama the authority to use U.S. military force against Syria underscores the commander in chief’s challenge in persuading skeptical lawmakers and wary allies to back greater intervention in an intractable civil war. The administration was pressing ahead Thursday with its full-scale sales job, holding another round […]

Obama’s Syria proposal faces tough hearing in the House

Obama’s Syria proposal faces tough hearing in the House

The Obama administration is facing a tougher examination of its plans for military intervention in Syria, squaring off against tea party Republicans and other skeptical House members a day after gaining Speaker John Boehner‘s critical endorsement and finding significant support in the Senate. With President Barack Obama in Europe, his top national security aides were […]

Lawmakers warn of threat to U.S. from Syrian chemical weapons

Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons could be a greater threat after that nation’s president leaves power and could end up targeting Americans at home, lawmakers warned Sunday as they considered a U.S. response that stops short of sending military forces there. U.S. officials last week declared that the Syrian government probably had used chemical weapons […]