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White House Syria Approach Questioned By Members Of Congress

Reuters | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics

* Republican lawmaker says Obama made "hash" of argument * Top White House official appears on five Sunday news shows (Adds quotes,...

GOP Rep: Obama Acting More Like 'Community Organizer' Than President

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) chastised President Barack Obama for his handling of the situation in Syria, claiming the president is acting more like a "co...

Challenges Put Obama's Skills To The Test

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The tasks stacking up before President Barack Obama over the coming weeks will test his persuasion powers and his mobilizing skills more...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week saw President Obama take his anemic case for military strikes against Syria to Congress. Just how anemic was made clear on Monday as Secretary of State Kerry ominously warned that the U.S. was facing a "Munich moment." It was a comparison every bit as absurd and insulting as the "mushroom cloud" metaphor brandished by Condoleezza Rice and President Bush in the fall of 2002. But this time the fear-mongering fell flat, as the Coalition of the Unwilling continued to grow throughout the week. In response, the president announced he would speak to the country on Tuesday, to "make the best case that I can to the American people." A good start would be jettisoning the over-the-top scare tactics. Addressing the overwhelming unpopularity of the proposed strikes, the president declared "these kinds of actions are always unpopular, because they seem distant and removed." But he got it backwards. The unpopularity is precisely because the blowback from poorly-conceived military actions no longer seems distant or removed.

An Open Letter to Congress on Syria

William Astore | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics
William Astore

I implore you to vote "no" on military intervention in Syria. No vital U.S. interest is at stake, and an attack will have unforeseen consequences that are nearly impossible to predict. The proper response to the Assad regime's use of poison gas is not more killing.

Syria and the Reality at Home in America

Robert Reich | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

We are paralyzed at home -- as we turn our attention to a potential quagmire abroad. This is the great tragedy of our time.

Protesters In Major U.S. Cities Speak Out Against Syria Intervention

AP | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Small crowds of protesters gathered in Times Square and outside the White House to condemn possible U.S. military action in Syria. The ...

CNN Obtains Videos Of Chemical Weapons Attack Aftermath (GRAPHIC)

Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics

CNN released graphic footage Saturday from 13 different videos showing apparent use of chemical weapons in Syria. According to the CNN report, th...

Obama To Meet The Press

Reuters | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Sept 7 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will give interviews on Monday to the three network news anchors, as well as to anchors from P...

Obama to Congress: Thanks for Sharing

Walter Reich | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics
Walter Reich

Now there will be plenty of people to praise if America's response or non-response proves wise. And plenty to blame if either course of action doesn't. Welcome to democracy. Welcome to politics. And welcome to the unpredictable consequences of military action.

Democrats Face Divide Over Syria Strike

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's pursuit of a military strike in Syria has put congressional Democrats and party leaders around the country...

Obama Faces High-Stakes Week

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics

PARIS — The U.S. tried to rally support on Saturday for a military strike against Syria, running into resistance from the American public and sk...

'This Would Not Be Another Iraq Or Afghanistan'

Reuters | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON, Sept 7 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama told his war-weary country on Saturday that America needs to ...

The Repetition Compulsion for War -- and How It Might Fail This Time

Norman Solomon | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

No matter how many times we've seen it before, the frenzy for launching a military attack on another country is -- to the extent we're not numb -- profoundly upsetting. But new variables have opened up possibilities for disrupting the repetitive plunge to war.

Jennifer Bendery

Joe Biden To Host Senate Republicans To Dinner To Discuss Syria | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With just days left to win over Senate Republicans wavering on supporting a resolution authorizing military action in Syria, the White H...

Obama Rejects G20 Pressure To Abandon Syria Air Strike Plan

Reuters | Posted 11.06.2013 | World

* Obama sticks to position despite Russia, China objections * Obama and Putin talk one-to-one, aide says no change * Lea...

Retired Major General Serves Up Epic Takedown Of Obama's Syria War Plans

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 09.06.2013 | Politics

What does the military think of the plan to bomb Syria? Not much, apparently. Robert H. Scales, a retired Army major general and former commandant ...

Stopping Barry O'Bomber's Rush to War

Ralph Nader | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Now, as if having learned nothing from the devastating and costly aftermaths of the military invasions of Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, you're beating the combustible drums to attack Syria -- a country that is no threat to the U.S. and is embroiled in complex civil wars under a brutal regime.

Howard Fineman

John Kerry: Obama Can Bomb Assad Even If Congress Votes No | Howard Fineman | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Even as he beseeches former colleagues in Congress to vote for President Barack Obama’s plan to bomb Syria, Secretary of State John Ke...

Jennifer Bendery

Madeleine Albright Calls On Congress To Back Syria Strike | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Friday pressed Congress to back a resolution authorizing military action in Syria and ca...

Should America Act on Syria?

Zhivargo Laing | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Zhivargo Laing

More often than not, America has been the proverbial Good Samaritan turning to the man in need rather than away from him. Each instance is a matter of deep soul-searching as a nation, counting the cost of helping, of intervening.

Amanda Terkel

Hints Of Dick Cheney In Obama's Syria Stance | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In 2008, then-Vice President Dick Cheney was told in an interview that two-thirds of Americans opposed the Iraq War. "So?" he replied...

CARTOON: Obama v. Congress On Syria

Posted 09.06.2013 | Black Voices

As the nation waits with baited breath for the president to address the situation with Syria, Americans are looking toward the elected officials in Co...

Jason Linkins

If Congress Says 'No' On Syria, What Happens Next? | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.06.2013 | Politics

As our own Jennifer Bendery reported earlier on Friday, White House deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken gave an interview with National Publ...

Bachmann: Syria Strike 'Would Only Make The Situation Worse'

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 09.06.2013 | Politics

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has long been against Syria intervention, and recent developments have not changed her stance. In a Thursday interv...