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Sharp slide in support for Obama’s plans to attack Syria

Sharp slide in support for Obama’s plans to attack Syria

White House efforts to convince the U.S. Congress to back military action against Syria are not only failing, they seem to be stiffening the opposition. That was the assessment on Sunday, not of an opponent but of an early and ardent Republican supporter of Obama‘s plan for attacking Syria, the influential Republican chairman of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

American intel caught napping on Syrian chemical weapons

American intel caught napping on Syrian chemical weapons

U.S. intelligence agencies did not detect the Syrian regime readying a massive chemical weapons attack in the days ahead of the strike, only piecing together what had happened after the fact, U.S. officials say. One of the key pieces of intelligence that Secretary of State John Kerry later used to link the attack to the […]

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 […]

Uneasy GOP Presidential hopefuls forced to choose sides in Syria debate

Uneasy GOP Presidential hopefuls forced to choose sides in Syria debate

President Barack Obama’s plea to Congress for the go-ahead for military strikes against Syria is forcing ambitious Republicans weighing a White House bid to choose sides, as the party is bitterly divided over the U.S. role in foreign policy. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky remains unequivocal in his opposition, tangling with Secretary of State John […]

What convinced Obama to finally ask Congress for permission to do something?

What convinced Obama to finally ask Congress for permission to do something?

After putting a decision to launch military strikes on Syria into the hands of Congress, President Barack Obama is doing what his critics have long accused him of failing to do: reaching out, personally and aggressively, to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. While top lieutenants including Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry […]

Obama overruled his own foreign policy team on Syria

Obama overruled his own foreign policy team on Syria

For President Barack Obama’s new foreign policy advisers, the first test of their willingness to undertake military action wound up being a stark lesson in the president’s ability to overrule them all. Obama’s abrupt decision to seek congressional approval before striking Syria also overshadowed what had been a surprising level of consensus among the second-term […]