Syria

As opposition to Syria attack grows, Obama tries diplomacy

As opposition to Syria attack grows, Obama tries diplomacy

With opposition to military action growing among Americans and lawmakers, President Barack Obama is heading to Congress on Tuesday with fresh hopes of a diplomatic breakthrough that would allow Syria’s government to avert U.S. missile strikes if it surrenders its chemical weapons arsenal. Obama had planned to use the meetings with Democratic and Republican senators […]

Barrack Obama: Just another George W. Bush? Perhaps even worse?

Barrack Obama:  Just another George W. Bush? Perhaps even worse?

Ironically, the current occupant of the White House won his first term in 2008 as a die-hard opponent of George W. Bush and promised to overturn the abuses and lies of that administration. Instead, as President, has Barack Obama transformed into Bush — a Constitution-abusing President who pursues attacks on American freedoms without remorse?  There […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

Undecided lawmakers control Syria vote

Undecided lawmakers control Syria vote

The fate of a congressional resolution to authorize President Barack Obama’s planned military strikes on Syria hinged on Thursday on scores of undecided U.S. lawmakers, with party loyalty appearing increasingly irrelevant. Even after congressional hearings featuring Obama’s secretaries of state and defense, a half dozen closed-door briefings and phone calls from Obama himself, it was […]

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 […]

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 […]

Can Obama convince skeptics, lawmakers about Syria strike?

Can Obama convince skeptics, lawmakers about Syria strike?

Congress is holding its first public hearing about U.S. plans for military intervention in Syria as President Barack Obama seeks to convince skeptical Americans and their lawmakers about the need to respond to last month’s alleged sarin gas attack outside Damascus. Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. […]

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 […]