Did Obama answer these 5 questions about Syria?
September 11th, 2013
09:10 AM ET
7 months ago

Did Obama answer these 5 questions about Syria?

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama delivered one of the most crucial addresses of his presidency, seeking to convince an overwhelmingly skeptical public of the need to punish Syria militarily for alleged chemical weapons use while demonstrating a commitment to pursuing a surprise diplomatic opening to remove those stockpiles from the war-torn nation.

With many in Washington and on Main Street demanding clarity during fast-moving events, Obama had five questions to answer Tuesday night: Did he do it?

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Filed under: President Obama • Syria
September 11th, 2013
08:44 AM ET
7 months ago

Lawmakers give mixed reactions to Syria speech

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's Syria speech Tuesday night drew a variety of political commentary ranging from mostly supportive to harsh criticism of the diplomatic pinball that has led to this point.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said in a statement that he's "hopeful a diplomatic solution can be reached, however, I am skeptical of any proposal proffered by the Russians and doubt Assad's motives for agreeing to this plan ... the President still urgently needs to develop and execute a coherent strategy to address all of those threats."
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Filed under: Congress • President Obama • Syria
September 11th, 2013
06:07 AM ET
7 months ago

Syria speech: What's next on Obama's to-do list

(CNN) - If you take the long view – and by "long view" we're talking 10 days - there have been three distinct paths the U.S. could have taken on Syria.

First, way back on August 31, President Barack Obama seemed imminently close to a strike on President Bashar al-Assad's regime. After Labor Day, came a detour toward seeking Congressional approval. That effort was overwhelmingly met by the public with a "No thanks. We'll pass." Then this week, thanks to a remark by Secretary of State John Kerry that may or may not have been off the cuff, Obama made a sharp turn - toward diplomacy.

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CNN Instant Poll: Did Obama move the needle on Syria?
September 10th, 2013
10:36 PM ET
7 months ago

CNN Instant Poll: Did Obama move the needle on Syria?

Washington (CNN) – A majority of Americans who watched President Barack Obama's prime time address to the nation on Tuesday said they favor the approach to Syria that the president spelled out in his speech, according to an instant poll.

But an exclusive CNN/ORC International survey of speech-watchers conducted immediately after the conclusion of Obama's address also indicates that those who tuned into the address were split on whether the president made the case for military action against Syria.
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September 10th, 2013
09:35 PM ET
7 months ago

Transcript: Obama's address on Syria

(CNN) – Targeted military strikes against Syria would deter Syria's government from using chemical weapons and make clear to the world that the use of such weapons won't be tolerated, President Barack Obama said Tuesday night in a televised address to the American public.

He also pointed to "encouraging signs" in diplomatic efforts to address the crisis, crediting these "in part because of the credible threat of U.S. military action." But if diplomacy fails, the U.S. and its military will "be in position to respond," Obama said, not ruling out military intervention in the war-torn country.

Read a transcript of his remarks below.
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September 10th, 2013
08:00 PM ET
7 months ago

Santorum: The U.S. has no national security interest in Syria

(CNN) - Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who previously favored potential military strikes in Syria, forcefully argued Tuesday on CNN's "Crossfire" the United States has no reason to take military action in the war-torn country.

"The bottom line here is we have no national security interest," the 2012 GOP presidential candidate said, just hours before President Barack Obama is set to explain in a televised address the stakes for the United States in Syria.
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Filed under: Crossfire • Joe Lieberman • Rick Santorum • Syria
September 10th, 2013
07:41 PM ET
7 months ago

Obama’s Syria address a speechwriter’s tall order

Washington (CNN) – The hardest job in Washington today belongs to President Barack Obama’s speechwriters - they have to craft an address calling for a vote in Congress that Obama may or may not abide by, over a military strike the president may or may not need, for a war he’s said he prefers not to wage.

So how do you make that one sing?
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Obama administration offers timeline for new Syria diplomacy
September 10th, 2013
05:01 PM ET
7 months ago

Obama administration offers timeline for new Syria diplomacy

Washington (CNN) - After U.S. officials attempted to explain Secretary of State John Kerry's invitation to Syria to abandon its chemical weapons as "rhetorical," the Obama administration is now offering a timeline to make the case the top U.S. diplomat's remarks may have been less accidental than previously acknowledged.

At a news conference with British Foreign Secretary William Hague Monday, Kerry appeared to give Syrian president Bashar al-Assad an opportunity to avoid a U.S. military strike.
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Filed under: Congress • President Obama • Russia • Syria
Live Blog: President Obama's national address
September 10th, 2013
04:08 PM ET
7 months ago

Live Blog: President Obama's national address

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama addressed the nation Tuesday night on the crisis in Syria from the East Room of the White House. Below is reaction and reporting from Capitol Hill and the White House, providing analysis from our correspondents and contributors.

Read more about the president's speech here.

11:06 p.m. ET - Tonight the president "stopped some Democratic bleeding" of votes in Congress, Sen. Graham said. When asked if it would lead to enough votes, he said "maybe." Personally, Graham said he "likes the president," but also said he'll "continue to trash him."

11:04 p.m. ET - Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham on CNN said the president has "painted himself in a corner," adding that if diplomacy he will have to act militarily.

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Filed under: Congress • President Obama • Syria
September 10th, 2013
01:49 PM ET
7 months ago

Senate group making changes to authorization resolution

Washington (CNN) – A bipartisan group of eight senators is working on an alternative resolution on Syria that would set key benchmarks that must be met to avoid a military strike in the war-torn country.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week passed a resolution granting authorization to the president for U.S. military action in Syria, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday decided to delay holding a full Senate vote due to unfolding developments for a potential diplomatic solution.
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