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Sep 10, 2013

Obama to claim small victory as pushes ahead on Syria plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will take some credit for a possible diplomatic breakthrough on Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile in an address to Americans on Tuesday, but will keep pushing Congress to approve military force, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

The White House said Syria’s recent acceptance of a Russian proposal to give up its chemical weapons came about because of the U.S. threat of strikes, Carney told MSNBC.

Sep 10, 2013

Obama sees possible breakthrough in Syria weapons proposal

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday he saw a possible breakthrough in the crisis with Syria after Russia proposed that its ally Damascus hand over its chemical weapons for destruction, which could avert planned U.S. military strikes.

But Obama, speaking in a series of television interviews, remained skeptical and pushed ahead to persuade a reluctant and divided Congress to back potential U.S. action, saying the threat of force was needed to press Syria to make concessions.

Sep 10, 2013

Russian proposal opens new U.S. options in Syria strike debate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Monday the United States would explore Russia’s potential “breakthrough” plan to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control but would keep the pressure on Damascus by asking Congress to authorize U.S. military strikes.

In a series of television interviews designed to persuade Congress and the American public of the need for intervention, Obama said he would pause any military action if Syria would relinquish control of its chemical weapons arsenal.

Sep 9, 2013

Russian proposal complicates U.S. Syria strike debate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, struggling to gain support for U.S. military action in Syria, called Russia’s proposal on Monday to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control a “potentially positive” move that should be viewed skeptically.

Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid pushed back a Senate test vote on whether to authorize military strikes against Syria that had been scheduled for Wednesday as lawmakers evaluate the Russian plan. The vote is still expected this week.

Sep 7, 2013

Obama appeals for backing to hit Syria, Europeans urge delay

WASHINGTON/VILNIUS (Reuters) – President Barack Obama urged Americans on Saturday to back him in launching an attack on Syria, as diplomatic pressure grew on the United States to wait for a U.N. report expected in a week’s time before beginning military action.

Fresh from a European trip in which he failed to forge a consensus among global leaders, Obama plunged into a campaign on radio and television to try to convince a skeptical U.S. public and Congress of the need for a military strike on Syria.

Sep 7, 2013

Obama appeals to country to back U.S. military force in Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama appealed on Saturday to a dubious American public to back his bid to use military force in Syria while supporters scrambled to persuade lawmakers to authorize the move.

Fresh from a European trip in which he failed to forge a consensus among global leaders on the need for a military strike on Syria, Obama told his war-weary country that America needs to use force to deter future chemical weapons attacks there.

Sep 7, 2013

Obama tells nation that Syria is ‘not another Iraq or Afghanistan’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama told his war-weary country on Saturday that America needs to use limited military force in Syria to deter future chemical weapons attacks, but said he did not want to enter into another costly and protracted war.

“This would not be another Iraq or Afghanistan,” Obama said in his weekly radio and internet address, previewing arguments he will make in a nationally televised address on Tuesday.

Sep 7, 2013

Obama won’t say it, but vote on Syria has high stakes for his presidency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It seems that everyone in Washington is talking about it except President Barack Obama: When Congress votes on the administration’s request to use military force in Syria, the future of his presidency could well be on the line.

A defeat, a distinct possibility, would hobble Obama in affairs both foreign and domestic, particularly if fellow Democrats collaborate in it.

Sep 7, 2013

Analysis: Obama won’t say it, but vote on Syria has high stakes for his presidency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It seems that everyone in Washington is talking about it except President Barack Obama: When Congress votes on the administration’s request to use military force in Syria, the future of his presidency could well be on the line.

A defeat, a distinct possibility, would hobble Obama in affairs both foreign and domestic, particularly if fellow Democrats collaborate in it.

Sep 6, 2013

Obama to make national address on Syria as Congress remains skeptical

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday he will take his case for military action in Syria directly to the American people next week and acknowledged his problems in convincing Congress to back strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

Speaking in Russia, where he is attending the G20 summit, Obama told reporters he will address the nation from the White House on Tuesday in an effort to build public and congressional support for a military response to the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons.

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