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Other views: For now, the best option in Syria

September 12, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

There are members of Congress, particularly in the House, who would find fault with President Barack Obama if he said the sun rises in the east. Continue Reading

Obama allies cite PR missteps in bid for Syria hit

September 12, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

WASHINGTON Some of President Barack Obama’s top allies say the president misread a few crucial political forces when he asked Congress to support his bid to strike Syria. Continue Reading

Scant success so far for Obama’s Syria sales pitch

September 9, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

WASHINGTON (AP) Battling stiff resistance in Congress, President Barack Obama conceded Monday night he might lose his fight for congressional support of a military strike against Syria, and declined to say what he would do if lawmakers reject his call to back retaliation for a chemical weapons attack last month. Continue Reading

Action in Syria gets little support from Minn., ND delegations

September 9, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

WASHINGTON Democrat or Republican, Minnesotan or North Dakotan several representatives in Congress say they’ll vote against military intervention in Syria, highlighting the tough odds President Obama may face to authorize a strike. Continue Reading

White House says to take ‘hard look’ at Russia offer on Syria

September 9, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

The White House will closely examine Russia’s offer to work with Syria to put its chemical weapons under international control but the U.S. Congress should still back military action to keep pressure on Damascus, a top aide said on Monday. Continue Reading

Assad warns of repercussions for a US strike

September 9, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

WASHINGTON Opening a possible diplomatic solution to avoid a U.S. military strike, Syria’s foreign minister on Monday welcomed a suggestion floated by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to move all the country’s chemical weapons under international control. Continue Reading

AP poll: Most Americans oppose strike on Syria

September 9, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

WASHINGTON Only 1 in 5 Americans believe that failing to respond to chemical weapons attacks in Syria would embolden other rogue governments, rejecting the heart of a weeks-long White House campaign for U.S. military strikes, an Associated Press poll concluded Monday. Continue Reading

Jacobs: U.S. must not act alone in Syria

September 9, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

Disgust. Disappointment. Doubt. And dread. Those are reactions to events in Syria and the crisis they’ve presented to the world. Continue Reading

ND senator opposes military strike on Syria

September 9, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

WASHINGTON North Dakota Democrat Heidi Heitkamp says she cannot support a Senate measure authorizing military force against Syria. Continue Reading

Heitkamp floats diplomatic alternative for Syrian conflict

September 6, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is proposing a diplomatic alternative to military action in Syria, where the government of President Bashar Assad is believed to have attacked its own people with chemical weapons. Continue Reading