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Obama Vows Efforts To Eliminate Islamic State At G20 Summit

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 11.15.2015 | World

BELEK, Turkey, Nov 15 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama vowed on Sunday to step up efforts to eliminate Islamic State and prevent more attacks l...

Obama: Deploying Special Forces To Syria Is Not 'Boots On The Ground'

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Nov 2 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Monday the planned deployment of dozens of U.S. special forces to Syria to advise opposit...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Springtime For Assad: Syria Dictator In Spotlight As Potential U.S. Ally Against ISIS | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Syrian President Bashar Assad, unpopular at home, suddenly appears to have many fans in the U.S. Assad, who has killed thousands in h...

McCain: Obama's Iraq Strategy Reminds Me Of Vietnam

The Huffington Post | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) reflected on his days of service in the Vietnam War in a radio interview on Tuesday, Veterans Day. McCain, a former naval a...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Obama Syria Strategy In Tatters As U.S.-Backed Rebels Lose To Al Qaeda | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Moderate U.S.-backed Syrian rebels seemed weaker than ever on Monday after a weekend of major defeats in the northwestern region of the...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Would The U.S. Have To Partner With Assad To Eliminate ISIS In Syria? | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As President Barack Obama weighs airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State (ISIS), he may soon have to grapple with the possibility...

Why Obama Backed Off More ISIS Strikes

The Daily Beast | Josh Rogin | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics

After a week of talk of eliminating the "cancer" of ISIS, President Obama said Thursday that he was not planning to significantly expand the war again...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Bob Corker Says Assad Was 'Wise' To Kill 1,200 With Chemical Weapons | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are following a formula in which the common denominator is to emba...

Joshua Hersh

Obama Administration Hints Of More Aggressive Options On Syria | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics

ISTANBUL -- Ever since President Barack Obama expressed "enormous frustration" over the situation in Syria at a press conference last week, a number o...

Watch: Let Us Now Praise Common Sense

Bill Moyers | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Let us now praise common sense. Once again a president was about to plunge us into the darkest waters of foreign policy where the ruling principle becomes: "When in doubt, bomb someone."

Sabrina Siddiqui

Boehner 'Skeptical' Of Russia's Offer On Syria | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday that he is "skeptical" of a proposal from Russia to have the Syrian government turn ove...

Here's How Syria Complicates Obama's Fed Chair Decision

Reuters | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics

(Repeats with no changes to text) By Alister Bull WASHINGTON, Sept 9 (Reuters) - The uphill battle to convince the U.S....

Reid: 'These Poisons Kill The Kids First'

Reuters | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics

* Obama cites child deaths as one reason to prevent chemical attacks * Social media ensure such events now recorded, publicized ...

Syria Evidence Reportedly From White House, Not Intel

Truthout | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics

Washington, DC - Contrary to the general impression in Congress and the news media, the Syria chemical warfare intelligence summary released by the Ba...

Liberal Israel Group Won't Support Strike

BuzzFeed | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Liberal pro-Israel advocacy group J Street has decided not to take a position on the White House’s Syria resolution currently being d...

Obama Grows Isolated On Syria

Reuters | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics

By Fred Barbash WASHINGTON, Sept 8 (Reuters) - White House efforts to convince the U.S. Congress to back military action against Syria...

Jason Linkins

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.08.2013 | Media

Welcome once again to your Sunday Morning Liveblog, and especially welcome once again to the second week of this great debate: Should We Do Some Ultimately Inconsequential Stuff In Syria For The Sake Of Feeling Credible On The Playground Of Nations or Should We Refrain?

Respond, But How? What We're Missing On Syria

Jim Wallis | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Jim Wallis

When a head of state is responsible for the deaths of 100,000 of his people and has used chemical weapons against innocent civilians -- the world needs to respond. Doing nothing is not an option. But how should we respond, and what are moral principles for that response?

Grimm Flips On Syria

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 09.06.2013 | Politics

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) has switched positions on a Syria strike, saying in an interview with CNN on Thursday that he no longer supports President...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Lawmakers: Constituents Are Completely Against Syria War | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 09.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Congress weighs whether to authorize President Barack Obama's plan for targeted strikes against Syria, lawmakers on Capitol Hill have...

Obama Group Punts On Syria Strike Vote

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.06.2013 | Politics

Organizing for Action, the chief outside lobbying vehicle for President Barack Obama's second-term agenda, is staying out of the debate over authorizi...

Obama's Machiavellian Moment

Joseph Loconte, Ph.D. | Posted 11.05.2013 | Religion
Joseph Loconte, Ph.D.

Machiavelli's world, his beloved Florence, was not so different from our own: There were wars and rumors of wars, assassinations, social unrest, and the collusion of unscrupulous rulers with corrupted religion.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Rand Paul Slams White House For Syria Stance | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Tuesday accused the Obama administration of reducing Congress' role in the authorization process for potential...

Three Scenarios for Syria After a Limited American Strike

Steven Strauss | Posted 11.01.2013 | World
Steven Strauss

President Obama's proposed limited air attack on the Assad regime, with no boots on the ground, is the least bad choice. But whatever the result, the U.S. should avoid getting drawn into a land war in Syria.

President Obama Avoids GOP Trap on Syria

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

If Obama had bowed to the initial GOP demands to take military action before getting congressional approval, GOP leaders would have jumped all over him and blamed him for not getting that approval -- and they wouldn't have stopped there.