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Did the World Just Legitimize
the Assad Regime It Spent
Years Discrediting?

Foreign Policy, by Colum Lynch

Original Article

Posted By:Dreadnought, 9/10/2013 9:19:30 PM

For nearly two years, the United States and its key allies have been challenging the Syrian government´s claim to legitimacy. Some countries have recognized the Syrian opposition as the country´s legitimate government. Others have offered the rebels arms, military training, and advice. But in the real world, possession of territory counts for a lot. The United Nations, for one, must rely on the Syrian government to gain access for humanitarian aid workers seeking to relieve hungry Syrian civilians, and cooperate with Syrian authorities to ensure the protection of U.N. chemical weapons inspectors in Damascus or U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan

      


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Did the World Just Legitimize
the Assad Regime It Spent
Years Discrediting?
Foreign Policy, by Colum Lynch    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/10/2013 9:19:30 PM     Post Reply
For nearly two years, the United States and its key allies have been challenging the Syrian government´s claim to legitimacy. Some countries have recognized the Syrian opposition as the country´s legitimate government. Others have offered the rebels arms, military training, and advice. But in the real world, possession of territory counts for a lot. The United Nations, for one, must rely on the Syrian government to gain access for humanitarian aid workers seeking to relieve hungry Syrian civilians, and cooperate with Syrian authorities to ensure the protection of U.N. chemical weapons inspectors in Damascus or U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan

   

 

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Making Sense of Syria
Wall Street Journal, by Peggy Noonan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/10/2013 9:05:35 PM     Post Reply
This is what I think we’re seeing: The president has backed away from a military strike in Syria. But he can’t acknowledge this or act as if it is true. He is acting and talking as if he’s coolly, analytically, even warily contemplating the Russian proposal and the Syrian response. The proposal, he must know, is absurd. Bashar Assad isn’t going to give up all his hidden weapons in wartime, in the middle of a conflict so bitter and severe that his forces this morning reportedly bombed parts of Damascus, the city in which he lives. In such conditions his

There´s Almost No Chance
Russia´s Plan for Syria´s
Chemical Weapons Will Work
Foreign Policy, by Yochi Dreazen    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/10/2013 8:56:11 PM     Post Reply
Russia´s proposal for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to place his chemical weapons under international supervision and then destroy them is quickly gaining steam. Assad´s government accepted the plan this morning. A few hours later, President Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande announced that they´d seriously explore the proposal. It already has the backing of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and a growing number of influential lawmakers from both parties. There´s just one problem: the plan would be nearly impossible to actually carry out. Experts in chemical weapons disposal point to a host of challenges.

A Breakthrough — for Russia
National Review Online, by Bing West    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/10/2013 8:51:22 PM     Post Reply
Here is the take from Fox News: “The possible breakthrough pertains to a proposal, floated by Secretary of State John Kerry and then formally put forward by the Russians, to have the Assad regime turn over its chemical weapons to international control.” “We will pursue this diplomatic track,” Obama told Fox News. “I fervently hope that this can be resolved in a non-military way.” If that’s from Fox, wait until NBC and the NYT embellish along these lines: “In a brilliant diplomatic move, Kerry persuaded the Russians into pressuring Syria, under Obama’s looming threat of a devastating strike, to relinquish

Nearly sixty percent of Americans
want Congress to vote no on Syria
NBC News, by Mark Murray    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/10/2013 7:48:46 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama faces a “tall order” in convincing Americans on Syria with nearly 60 percent who say they want their member of Congress to oppose the use of military force there, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. President Obama says Syria saying it would consider giving international control to its chemical arsenal is a good step, but it doesn´t coincide with the country´s past actions. NBC´s Savannah Guthrie reports. With Obama set to address the nation Tuesday night to advocate U.S. intervention against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, just 24 percent of Americans believe military action

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Washington Post, by Glenn Kessler    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/10/2013 7:45:12 AM     Post Reply
“You know, Senator Chuck Hagel, when he was senator, Senator Chuck Hagel, now secretary of defense, and when I was a senator, we opposed the president’s decision to go into Iraq, but we know full well how that evidence was used to persuade all of us that authority ought to be given.” — Secretary of State John F. Kerry, in an interview with MSNBC, Sept. 5, 2013 This is at least the second time since becoming secretary that Kerry has asserted that he opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq while serving as a Democratic senator from Massachusetts. The first time

   

 

  


 
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Tomorrow night, President Barack Obama will address the nation on the subject of Syria and its alleged use of chemical weapons. He intends to use the credibility inherent in the presidency to persuade a skeptical nation that military strikes on Syria are necessary. But he has a major credibility problem. Four years ago today — September 9, 2009 — President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress. Presidents typically reserve addresses to joint sessions of Congress for weighty matters. National crises. War and peace. Obama used that joint session address to speak on the “crisis” of health care. During that

Bombing on hold: Obama open to
Russian proposal for Syrian crisis
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang and Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/9/2013 10:47:35 PM     Post Reply
Backing away from a proposed military attack, President Obama said Monday night he will pursue a Russian proposal to put Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile under international control. “We will pursue this diplomatic track,” Mr. Obama said in an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace. “I fervently hope that this can be resolved in a non-military way. “The president, who has requested congressional authorization for a “limited” military strike against Syria, said he wants to “explore” the offer that came from Moscow Monday. “I welcome the possibility of the development,” Mr. Obama said during a round of six network interviews at

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Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/9/2013 10:45:03 PM     Post Reply
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Obama administration’s message
on Syria is muddled
Washington Post, by Zachary A. Goldfarb    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/9/2013 10:42:14 PM     Post Reply
Speaking Monday in London, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said that a U.S. military strike on Syria would constitute an “unbelievably small, limited kind of effort.” Later at the White House, President Obama insisted that any such action would be significant. “The U.S. does not do pinpricks,” he told an NBC News interviewer. “Our military is the greatest the world has ever known.” The dueling statements underscored the administration’s muddled message on Syria. The confusion has complicated Obama’s effort to persuade a reluctant Congress and American public to support a strike against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Obama engages in unprecedented
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Washington Post, by Paul Farhi    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/9/2013 10:40:15 PM     Post Reply
PBS anchor Judy Woodruff was doing her weekly grocery shopping Saturday when she got a call from the White House’s press office: Would the public TV network like to interview President Obama on the eve of his nationwide address about a possible military strike against Syria, asked Dag Vega, Obama’s director of broadcast media. “We said, ‘Of course we’re interested,’” Woodruff said. As it happened, she wasn’t the only one getting a call from Vega this past weekend. In an unprecedented blitz to sell a Syria attack, the White House lined up interviews for the president with six TV networks

   

 

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Obama’s push for Syria action
runs into growing opposition
Washington Post, by Paul Kane and Ed O´Keefe    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/9/2013 10:37:53 PM     Post Reply
Congressional support for President Obama’s push for a military strike against Syria continued to erode Monday as key lawmakers in both parties announced their opposition, while others began searching for alternatives to the proposed cruise-missile attacks. As the opposition piled up, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) pulled back his plan for a test vote Wednesday on the use-of-force resolution, delaying by at least a day when that first hurdle could be cleared. This will allow Obama to make his case to both Senate caucuses at Tuesday’s weekly policy luncheons, as well to the nation in a televised address



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