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"Red Line" Resolutions for the U.S. House of Representatives Before Voting Authorization of War to Overthrow the Government of Syria

David Bromwich | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
David Bromwich

This House desires to obtain a full knowledge of the facts that go to establish whether it should vote for war against the government of Syria.

What Is the Spiritual Response to the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria?

Neale Donald Walsch | Posted 11.05.2013 | Religion
Neale Donald Walsch

It is as Einstein said: We cannot solve a problem at the same level and with the same energy that created the problem. We cannot end killing with killing, violence with violence, hatred with hatred. Yet neither can we look the other way as despots commit despotism.

Fooling Ourselves Into War

Gavin de Becker | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Gavin de Becker

Today, we are warned by John Kerry and others that if we don't act with lethal force, the Syrian government will kill thousands more people. Let's not be deluded: When we do intervene militarily, the Syrian government (and we) will kill thousands more. And anti-Assad forces will also kill more. We've been reminded often in the past few weeks that chemical weapons are awful -- and carefully not reminded that conventional weapons are too. It's tragic when civilians are killed by their own countrymen or when foreign civilians are killed by our countrymen. It's tragic when our soldiers are killed or when their soldiers are killed. But none of those tragedies will be influenced by the political posturing this week. Rather, the result of congressional hearings is that responsibility for the attack(s) on Syria will be distributed more comfortably for all concerned, and there will be a more comfortable consensus about which of these tragedies are necessary evils.

The Race Against the Clock for UN Weapons Investigators

Seamus McKiernan | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Seamus McKiernan

UN weapons inspectors are working "round the clock." But will the world see their full report on Syria before a possible U.S. military strike?

I Met Bashar Al Assad. He Was Pretty Cool.

Nick Taranto | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Nick Taranto

Today I wonder about Asma and Bashar Al Assad. The friendly, smart, kind parents who cared so much about the youth and future of Syria. I'd like to think that there is a part of this story that that ties it all together so that my time with Bashar Al Assad and his wife makes sense.

Amid Battle Cries: One Question

David Freudberg | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
David Freudberg

When all is said and done, when the chain reaction of events from an American strike on Syria has played out, how many more innocent men, women and children will have been killed or injured physically and psychologically? Alternatively, it is fair to ask how many will have been spared?

Rumsfeld Makes Baffling Statement On Syria

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics

Former Secretary Of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said Thursday that the failure of Iraq War intelligence was "part of the problem" in convincing other coun...

Miley Twerks, Syria Hurts

Susie Sampson | Posted 11.05.2013 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

Either way, it's good that America showed their outrage. It's the same outrage that America has shown over Syria, right? Wrong!

Top 10 Unproven Claims for War Against Syria

Dennis J. Kucinich | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Dennis J. Kucinich

The American people have a right to a full release and vetting of all facts before their elected representatives are asked to make a decision of great consequence for America, Syria and the world.

Obama Arrives In Russia For G20 Summit

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics

By JOSH LEDERMAN, The Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- President Barack Obama is heading into the lion's den of Russia, confronting ...

Iran's Supreme Leader Warns U.S. Will 'Suffer Loss' Over Syria Intervention

Reuters | Posted 09.05.2013 | World

DUBAI, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Iran's most powerful authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Thursday the United States was using a chemical attack in Sy...

Russia Issues Warning About Syria Strike

AP | Posted 09.05.2013 | World

VIENNA -- Russia is warning that a U.S. strike on Syria's atomic facilities might result in a nuclear catastrophe and is urging the U.N. to present a ...

Congressmen Say They're Getting Hundreds Of Calls, Emails From People Opposed To Syria Intervention

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

Several GOP congressmen are saying constituents opposed to an intervention in Syria are calling and emailing their offices by the hundreds. Reps. J...

Obama's Syria Decision

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

As President Obama tries to rally support for a strike against Syria, he finds himself in a high stakes diplomatic chess match with no good outcome in sight. Obama's puts at risk the future of his presidency and his legacy.

Why I Support U.S. Action on Syria

David Harris | Posted 11.04.2013 | World
David Harris

Let's hope that Congress, after reviewing the facts and taking into account what hangs in the balance, will do the right thing and authorize limited military action. The stakes for the United States, and the world, could not be any higher.

Where Illinois Pols Stand On Syria Intervention

Posted 09.04.2013 | Chicago

With a critical vote on military action in Syria pending, Americans remain largely opposed to a U.S. military intervention in the Middle Eastern natio...

Hagel: Russia Provided Some Chemical Weapons To Syria

Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a Wednesday congressional hearing that Russia provided Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime with some of t...

Cruz: U.S. Shouldn't Be 'Al Qaeda's Air Force'

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) spoke out Tuesday against President Barack Obama's resolution to authorize a military strike against Syria, warning that the U...

The Syrian Folly

Joan Z. Shore | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
Joan Z. Shore

Let's be reasonable -- a strike on Syria will do nothing to end that civil war, nor help the Syrian people, nor enhance America's image in the world. ...

A Genuine Public Debate on Military Action in Syria

Dan Glickman | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
Dan Glickman

I applaud Obama for sending a resolution to Congress that would, if passed, legitimize any military action the United States would take against the Assad government. Establishing legitimacy and a robust public debate over proposed military action are signs of a healthy democracy.

Obama Warns Credibility At Stake

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics

STOCKHOLM -- President Barack Obama says the international community and Congress's credibility are on the line if a chemical attack on civilians in S...

McCain Mocks Laura Ingraham

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) mocked Fox News host Laura Ingraham's "vast knowledge of military tactics and strategy" on Tuesday. During an appearance...

An Open Letter to President Obama Regarding Syria

Maria Rodale | Posted 11.04.2013 | World
Maria Rodale

You are a smart man. You are not up for reelection. This is your big chance to make the right choice and take the right road, the road less traveled. This is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to leave a lasting legacy of peace and healing rather than more destruction.

Christina Wilkie

AIPAC Urges Congress To Approve Syria Strike | Christina Wilkie | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON - After weeks of quietly working behind the scenes to build support for U.S. military intervention in Syria, the American Israel Public Aff...

John McCain Plays Poker While Colleagues Discuss Whether We Need To Bomb Syria

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

Congress held its first public hearing about U.S. plans for military intervention in Syria on Tuesday. At some point during the conversation, Sen. ...