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Latest Syrian Government Items
The State Department ordered nonessential U.S. diplomats to leave Lebanon due to security concerns Friday as the Obama administration and Congress debate military strikes on neighboring Syria.
Former CIA Director Michael V. Hayden said Thursday that he "reluctantly" backs a military strike against the Syrian government and that President Obama painted the United States into a corner by saying the use of chemical weapons represented a "red line" for his administration.
Syrians at the receiving end of President Bashar Assad's deadly crackdown are vexed by the pace of deliberations in Washington and other Western capitals on how to respond to the regime's suspected use of chemical weapons last month.
Obama's Syria gambit is political, not constitutional.
President Obama has made what the British call a proper cock-up of his leadership, such as it is, in the campaign to punish Bashar Assad in Syria. Nearly everyone agrees on that much. Five years ago, he said he would unite us, and so he has. Now Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, recognize the mess for what it is, and who made it.
Russian President Vladimir Putin urged President Obama on Saturday not to rush into a decision on striking Syria, but to consider whether strikes would help end the violence and be worth the civilian casualties they would inevitably cause.
Faced with the most momentous foreign policy vote in years, Congress has decided on the go-slow approach, with leaders saying they will take their time in deciding whether to approve retaliatory strikes against Syria.
The pressure is building on President Obama to let Congress do its job by debating the nation's potential involvement in a strike against the Syrian government.
The British House of Commons rejected a proposal from British Prime Minister David Cameron that would have paved the way for British military action against Syria — effectively ending the nation's chances of getting involved in a US-led strike against President Bashar Assad's regime.