Daniel Smeriglio

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Then And Now

<b>I have tremendous respect</b> for Secretary Of State John Kerry, whom I have watched since he first ran for Congress in Lowell a long time ago. I believe he is everything about an American politician that most people think John McCain is. That said, he can't outdistance his own past no matter how fast …

When the U.S. Acts as the U.N.

In a joint press con­fer­ence with the Swedish prime min­is­ter Wed­nes­day morn­ing, Pres­id­ent Obama was clear in his as­ser­tions on an at­tack …

Liberals Aren't Buying Obama And Kerry's Arguments For Action In Syria

The PCCC, which has a membership of nearly 1 million people, is sending a memo to Democratic representatives and senators with the results of a survey that shows its members overwhelmingly oppose intervening in Syria. The poll also shows that its members aren't buying President Barack Obama and …

Obama on Syria: 'My Credibility Is Not on the Line'

Credit: Frank Augstein/AP Photo<p>STOCKHOLM - A defiant President Obama declared his credibility was not on the line when it came to Syria. Instead, he …

Rumsfeld: “So-called commander in chief” lacks clarity

The Middle East is a “dangerous place” says a man who should know<p>Alex Halperin<p>September 4, 2013 3:43pm (UTC)<p>Donald “stuff happens” Rumsfeld attacked the “so-called commander in chief” for “not providing leadership” on Syria, by which he seems to mean just bombing the place and not recalling what …

How the World Is Covering the Syrian Debate in the U.S.

Syr­ia is not just lead­ing head­lines here in the United States. It’s also get­ting cov­er­age across the world.<p>Con­gres­sion­al ac­tion on wheth­er …

Study: To destroy Syria chemical weapons, “boots on the ground” needed

<b>Syria President Bashar al-Assad (AP)</b><p>Rhetoric-drenched White House war cries insist Syria attacks will not be war, top think tank undermines such vows<p>Natasha Lennard<p>September 4, 2013 4:23pm (UTC)<p>When presenting the case for military action against Assad's Syrian regime, Secretary of State John Kerry …

No one cares what Rumsfelds or Cheneys think about Syria!

<b>Donald Rumsfeld, Liz Cheney (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst/AP/Cliff Owen)</b><p>Liz Cheney bashes Obama’s “amateurish” Syria plan, while Rummy calls him “feckless.” Their opinions are meaningless<p>Joan Walsh<p>September 4, 2013 5:25pm (UTC)<p>A sneering Liz Cheney, looking to unseat Wyoming GOP Sen. Mike Enzi, told a …

Obama seeks global backing on Syria: 'I didn't set a red line. The world did'

Barack Obama appealed to the international community to back his plan to punish Syria with a military strikes, saying the "world had set a red line" over the use of chemical weapons, not him.<p>Speaking in Stockholm, Obama sought to play down his personal role in the response to the allegations that …

John McCain seeks Syria resolution amendment with eye on toppling Assad

Republican hawks on Syria are holding out for an amendment to a proposed Senate authorisation of US military strikes that would require the administration to seek to "reverse the battlefield momentum" in favour of rebel forces and involve more sweeping US attacks that would eventually force Assad …

Billionaire GOP Financiers Split on Syria

Some of the biggest money­men in Re­pub­lic­an polit­ics are di­vided over how to pro­ceed against Syr­ia, with casino mag­nate Shel­don Ad­el­son on …

Republicans

Kerry Warns U.S. Inaction in Syria Puts Israel in Danger. Israel Says It Can Handle It.

When it comes to a strike on Syr­ia, Sec­ret­ary of State John Kerry has guar­an­tees. Speak­ing to the Sen­ate For­eign Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee on …

Middle East

Defense Secretary: Russia Gave Syria Chemical Weapons

WASHINGTON — Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday that Russia is supplying the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with chemical weapons, marking the first time a U.S. official has publicly made the claim.<p>Under questioning by Rep. Joe Wilson during a hearing in front of the …

Middle East

Senate Breaks Own Rules in Rush to Vote on Syria War

Senate Democratic leadership tossed aside the rules for moving legislation with regard to the resolution authorizing the use of military force …

Syria: Kerry urges US senators to back military action – video

US secretary of state John Kerry addresses senators at Capitol Hill on Wednesday as the House foreign affairs committee discuss US military intervention in Syria. Kerry urges the committee to support President Obama's call for action, saying this is not the time to be spectators to slaughter. Kerry …

Senate Panel Passes Authorization For Force Against Syria

A Senate panel has voted to approve a resolution giving President Obama the authority to carry out punitive strikes against Syria for its use of chemical weapons.<p>The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the authorization by a 10-7 vote, with one senator voting present. The measure must be …

John Kerry: 15 To 25 Percent Of Syrian Opposition Are "Bad Guys"

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry estimated the number of "bad guys" in the Syrian opposition as between 15 and 25 percent on Wednesday.<p>Under questioning by Rep. Mike McCaul during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, Kerry said that McCaul's estimate for how many of the Syrian …

Middle East

Syria resolution passes Senate committee

The resolution for a purportedly limited war will go to the full Senate for a vote next week<p>Natasha Lennard<p>September 4, 2013 8:06pm (UTC)<p>The Senate Foreign Relations Committee (FRC) approved a resolution giving President Barack Obama the authority to use military force in Syria Wednesday by a 10-7 …

Senate Committee OKs Resolution for Military Force in Syria

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today approved a resolution authorizing the use of military force in Syria, setting the matter up for …

New Syria Strike Authorization Headed To The Full Senate

WASHINGTON — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a revised resolution authorizing a strike in Syria on Wednesday.<p>In a vote of 10-7, with Democratic Sen. Ed Markey voting "present," the new language drafted by Chairman Bob Menendez and Ranking Member Bob Corker narrowed the scope of the …

Marco Rubio

Secretary Kerry: No Place for Benghazi in Syria Debate

During a fiery exchange with Representative Jeff Duncan, Secretary of State John Kerry scolded the Republican South Carolina Congressman about …

Syria strikes: Senate committee approves resolution in boost for Obama

Barack Obama's plan to launch punitive strikes against the regime of Bashar al-Assad received a boost on Wednesday when the Senate foreign relations committee voted in favour of military authorisation.<p>The influential committee voted by 10 votes to seven in favour of granting the formal military …