Obama Urges Allies To Support Syria Plans

Assad was the source, the president said. Obamas comments here about not being the one who set a red line a year after using the phrase and Congress credibility being at stake rather than his own irritated some Republicans who are allies on the vote just hours after they agreed to support him. To them, the comments made it look as if he were disclaiming responsibility. If he chooses to wash his hands of this, you can surely imagine how a vote will turn out, said a Republican leadership aide who insisted on anonymity to avoid a more overt rupture with the White House. By saying it was the worlds red line, rather than his own, Obama was citing longstanding international norms against the use of chemical weapons.
Source: http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2013/09/04/obama-says-world-set-red-line-syria/85sWmrh5B8foSDavFr4OmI/story.html

Obama Defends NSA Surveillance: “We’re Not Snooping Around”

Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) said, referring to Obamas original declaration last year that Assad would cross a red line that would change my equation if he used chemical weapons on his own people. ( PHOTOS: Senate Foreign Relations Committee mark up for Syria resolution ) Theres a reframing going on here, said Kathleen Hall Jamieson, the director of the Annenberg School of Public Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and an expert on presidential rhetoric. Obama wants Syrian atrocities to be perceived as one of those non-negotiable moments in world history. But, she said, Obama is creating a secondary problem for himself by arguing on the one hand that the world has an obligation to take action against Assad, but on the other that he wont put boots on the ground or seek regime change. Once you argue from a moral principle, you cant bound the action, she said.
Source: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/obama-red-line-syria-96287.html

Obama weighs Egypt aid suspension

Instead, Obama will formally meet on the summit’s sidelines with the leaders of France, China and Japan, though a senior administration official said the two presidents will have a chance to speak. Russia’s resistance is a key reason why the U.N. Security Council so far has not gotten on board with U.S. calls for action in response to the alleged chemical weapons strike against Syrian rebels on August 21. Putin has been among the loudest critics on the international stage of Obama’s push for a military strike in Syria. He reportedly blasted the push on Wednesday as an “act of aggression.” He has said in recent interviews that a strike would be illegal if the United Nations does not support it. Gen.
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/09/05/obama-to-engage-putin-on-syria-strike-at-g-20-summit/

Obama reframes ‘red line’ rhetoric

We talk to them (the Americans) and we assume they are decent people, but he is lying and he knows that he is lying. This is sad. J. Scott Applewhite/AP Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, right, arrive for a closed-door intelligence briefing for the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday on Capitol Hill. A State department official quickly fired back.
Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/obama-drums-support-syria-invasion-article-1.1445651

Obama-Putin Rift Over Syria Strike Widens on Eve of G-20 Summit

It would also likely have profound implications for decades of close US-Egyptian ties that have served as a bulwark of security and stability in the Middle East. The officials say the recommendation has been with Obama for at least a week but they don’t expect him to make a decision until after the full Congress votes on his request for authorisation for military strikes on Syria, which is not expected before Monday. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to publicly discuss internal deliberations. The US provides Egypt with $1.5 billion a year in aid, $1.3 billion of which is military assistance. The rest is economic assistance. Some of it goes to the government and some to other groups.
Source: http://www.dawn.com/news/1040724/obama-weighs-egypt-aid-suspension

Obama to ‘engage’ Putin on Syria action at G-20 summit

Seeking Openness Still, he said he hasnt written off future areas where U.S. and Russian interests might intersect and shrugged off the deterioration in relations. The two countries should be open about their differences http://www.obamastudentloanforgiveness.net and not sugarcoat them, he said. Obama canceled the Moscow summit after Putin provided asylum to Edward Snowden, the former intelligence contractor who ignited a firestorm of international criticism against the U.S. by leaking details of surveillance programs.
Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-04/obama-putin-rift-over-syria-strike-widens-on-eve-of-g-20-summit.html

Obama administration keeps drumming up support for Syria invasion

Obama, who was on a flash-visit in Sweden, was asked by a local reporter about the NSA surveillance programs. I can give assurances to the public in Europe and around the world that were not going around snooping at peoples emails or listening to their phone calls, Obama said . What we try to do is target very specific areas of concern. Under the circumstances, the question arises: what exactly are the US areas of concern? Originally, they kept saying the NSAs main job was to prevent and detect terrorist attacks. However, over the past three months, it was revealed that the NSA had not only sought out terrorists, but it had also been collecting data from millions of Internet users all over the world, including the United States.
Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Obama-Defends-NSA-Surveillance-quot-We-re-Not-Snooping-Around-quot-380614.shtml

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