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Bipartisan Trio Of Senators Pressure Obama On Syria

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 08.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan trio of key senators is demanding that President Barack Obama take more decisive action to stem the military advance b...

Arming the Syrian Rebels: A Terrible Idea

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 08.18.2013 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Obama's proposal to take sides in the Syrian war is wrong. It is arrogant. It ignores our destructive history in the Middle East and the perception by all parties in the region that everything we do there is motivated by our blatant bias toward Israel.

White House: Will 'Good' Syrian Rebels Please Identify Yourselves So We Can Arm You?

Spencer Green | Posted 08.18.2013 | Comedy
Spencer Green

At a press conference this morning, White House officials requested that all the "good" Syrian rebels immediately identify themselves as such to the proper authorities so the United States can support them in their battle against President Bashar al-Assad.

Sam Stein

Obama Wary Of Syria Mission Creep | Sam Stein | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Giving little relief to those skeptical of U.S. involvement in Syria’s civil war, President Barack Obama on Monday said he understands...

Obama To Announce $300 Million In New Syria Aid

Reuters | Posted 08.17.2013 | World

ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland, June 17 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will announce more than $300 million in new humanitarian aid to address th...

Ron Paul: Obama's Syria Policy Looks Like Bush Lead-Up To Iraq

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics

Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) issued strong words of caution Monday regarding the escalating situation in Syria, saying it reminded him of the preli...

Obama Putin Syria

Jeff Danziger | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Palin Makes Eyebrow-Raising Remarks On Obama, Syria

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) criticized President Barack Obama while speaking at the annual meeting of the Faith and Freedom Coalition Saturday,...

How Obama Crossed His Own 'Red Line' After Months Of Debate

Reuters | Posted 08.15.2013 | Politics

By Warren Strobel and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON, June 14 (Reuters) - President Obama's decision to arm Syrian rebels for the first ti...

Obama Decision to Arm Syrian Rebels Has Nothing to Do With Alleged Chemical Weapons Use

John Glaser | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
John Glaser

Alas, the administration's stated reason for deciding to directly arm the Syrian rebels simply lacks credibility. So why the sudden shift in policy? The aim is apparently to keep the Syrian war going, for some key strategic reasons.

Obama Steps Up Military Aid To Syrian Rebels

AP | JULIE PACE and LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 08.14.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's authorization of military aid to the Syrian rebels "dramatically" increases U.S. support for the opposition, th...

Crossing the Syrian Red Line Rubicon

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 08.14.2013 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

For all the ballyhooed determination to stand up for democratic change in the Middle East and pledges to never stand by when tens of thousands of innocent people are being massacred, Syria will regretably prove to be a major policy reversal on both counts.

Obama To Step Up Support For Syrian Rebels

AP | MATTHEW LEE and JULIE PACE | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has authorized sending weapons to Syrian rebels for the first time, U.S. officials said Thursday, after the ...

Clinton Offers 'Wuss' Warning To Obama On Syria

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics

Former President Bill Clinton offered a stinging critique of President Barack Obama's inaction in Syria during a closed-press event this week, Politic...

U.S. Could Decide To Arm Syrian Rebels As Early As This Week

Reuters | Posted 08.10.2013 | World

WASHINGTON, June 10 (Reuters) - The United States could make a decision as early as this week on whether to arm Syrian rebels, a U.S. official said ...

The Widening Gyre in Syria

Amir Madani | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
Amir Madani

The war in Syria is part of a broader geopolitical trend. Beyond the internal partie, regional and global players with different shades of policy and self-interest make this more than a civil war; it has become an increasingly widening world war, if still only by proxy.

Obama Doesn't Foresee Ground Troops In Syria

AP | Posted 05.03.2013 | Politics

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- President Barack Obama says he doesn't foresee sending U.S. ground troops into Syria. Obama was asked at a news conference in...

Time to Act in Syria

Sen. Bob Casey | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics
Sen. Bob Casey

Absent constructive engagement by the U.S., I am very concerned that the killing in Syria will continue and extremists will play an increasingly influential role in determining that country's future, resulting in very negative implications for the region.

Are You Syriaus?

Jeff Danziger | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Howard Fineman

'Maybe I Should Just Pack Up And Go Home' | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The sunny, confident President Barack Obama who was the master of all that he surveyed at the White House Correspondents' Dinner last Sa...

Obama Weighs In On Situation In Syria

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama strongly suggested Tuesday he'd consider military action against Syria if it can be confirmed that President...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.27.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

With the question of how to respond to the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons looming over him, I wonder if President Obama, at the opening of the new Bush Library, stepped into its "Decision Points Theater." The interactive exhibit allows viewers to be the decider-in-chief on a number of key situations from the Bush years, including the invasion of Iraq, after hearing advice from actors playing political and military leaders. Of course, to make Obama's experience mirror Bush's, he'd be offered cherry-picked "facts" backing up a pre-determined decision. Knowing what to do about Syria would be a "slam dunk." A more useful exhibit would be one explaining why so many from the Bush administration who got Iraq so wrong are still being listened to. The disastrous and tragic consequences of the terrible decision-making on Iraq are still very much with us (here is one powerful and moving example), and the unintended consequences of strengthening Iran will be with us for a very long time.

Obama: Use Of Chemical Weapons In Syria Would Be 'Game Changer'

Reuters | Posted 06.26.2013 | World

WASHINGTON, April 26 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday that the deployment of chemical weapons by the Syrian government was a "game ...

White House: Syria Chemical Weapons Evidence Not 'Airtight'

Reuters | Posted 06.26.2013 | World

* Obama talks tough while taking cautious line * Says "confirmation" still needed for conclusive proof * White House min...

Obama: Situation In Syria At 'Critical Juncture'

AP | Posted 06.11.2013 | World

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says the situation in Syria has reached, in his words, a "critical juncture." A civil war that has raged in...