Corker skeptical of Kerry-Lavrov agreement
September 14th, 2013
02:33 PM ET
10 months ago

Corker skeptical of Kerry-Lavrov agreement

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, after lambasting President Obama's handling of the Syria situation, now says the proposed solution to the crisis remains "very much an open question."

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, weighed in on the agreement brokered by Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Saturday morning, questioning how enforceable the proposed plan is and whether it signals a diplomatic retreat for the United States.

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Obama maintains military pressure on Syria
September 14th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
10 months ago

Obama maintains military pressure on Syria

(CNN) – The United States will maintain the threat of military force against Syria with efforts underway to diplomatically place its chemical weapons under international control, President Barack Obama said on Saturday.

His comments came as Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, continued their initial round of talks in Geneva on ways to forge a peaceful resolution with international backing.
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Carney hits back at Corker's criticism
September 12th, 2013
03:31 PM ET
10 months ago

Carney hits back at Corker's criticism

(CNN) – White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Thursday defended President Barack Obama after Sen. Bob Corker, a Republican ally for the president, questioned in a CNN interview the president's ability to be commander in chief.

"I think that the American people, at least in my assessment, appreciate a commander in chief who takes in new information and doesn't celebrate decisiveness for the sake of decisiveness," Carney said in the daily press briefing.
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The Israel fear: A careful outreach to balance Syrian threat
September 12th, 2013
10:40 AM ET
10 months ago

The Israel fear: A careful outreach to balance Syrian threat

Washington (CNN) - As President Barack Obama and his administration make their case for a military strike against Syria, officials from the president on down worry the regime's chemical weapons stockpiles could eventually endanger America's friends.

"If fighting spills beyond Syria's borders, these weapons could threaten allies like Turkey, Jordan and Israel," the president said in his speech to the nation Tuesday night.

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September 11th, 2013
08:21 PM ET
10 months ago

Crossfire: What's Russia's motive in Syria?

CNN's Crossfire co-hosts Stephanie Cutter and Newt Gingrich, along with Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Democratic Rep. Steve Israel, talk about Russia's motive with the new Syria chemical weapons plan.


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Did Obama answer these 5 questions about Syria?
September 11th, 2013
09:10 AM ET
10 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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September 11th, 2013
08:44 AM ET
10 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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September 11th, 2013
06:07 AM ET
10 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
10 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
10 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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