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Turnabout: As members of the Senate, Joseph R. Biden (above), Chuck Hagel (below left) and John F. Kerry in particular defended Syrian President Bashar Assad against the demonization from the Bush administration. Now on President Obama's national security team, they have taken a starkly different view. (Associated Press)

Turnabout: As members of the Senate, Joseph R. Biden (above), Chuck Hagel (below left) and John F. Kerry in particular defended Syrian President Bashar Assad against the demonization from the Bush administration. Now on President Obama's national security team, they have taken a starkly different view. (Associated Press)

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