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NYT: Obama Directs Pentagon To Expand List Of Targets

WASHINGTON — President Obama has directed the Pentagon to develop an expanded list of potential targets in Syria in response to intelligence suggesting that the government of President Bashar al-Assad has been moving troops and equipment used to employ chemical weapons while Congress debates whether to authorize military action.

What Is Striking Syria Supposed to Accomplish?

Thomas Sowell, IBD
Why are we even talking about taking military action in Syria? What is that military action supposed to accomplish? And what is the probability that it will in fact accomplish whatever that unknown goal might be?What is painfully clear from President Obama’s actions, inactions and delays is that he is more or less playing it b

Boehner, Pelosi Unite Behind President on Syria

Mark Memmott, NPR
President Obama’s call for Congress to give him the go-ahead to strike targets in Syria has put House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on the same side of an important issue for one of the few times in recent years.Calling Syrian President Bashar Assad’s alleged use of chemical wea

Congress Should Say No to Intervention

Jed Babbin, American Spectator
For a few days, President Obama almost had us convinced. Not that we should use military force to punish Syria, but that he actually was going to take responsibility for something.But Saturday’s sudden announcement shocked even those closest to Obama. Instead of just attacking Syria, Obama decided to ask Congress f

Thinking Through Our Syrian Options

Peter Wehner, CommentaryThe list of mistakes by Mr. Obama includes, but is by no means limited to, declaring two years ago that Assad must go (and doing nothing to achieve that end); declaring one year ago that if Syria used chemical weapons it would …

Like Wilson, Obama Pursues a Noble Mission

Bill Scher, The Week
As President Obama moves toward launching military strikes against the Syrian regime, some have been quick to charge him with hypocritically following in the footsteps of the president he long sought to repudiate: George W. Bush.Ron Paul kicked things off two months ago with a baseless charge of “fixing the intelligence and

Obama’s Unseriousness Has Been Exposed

Bryan Preston, PJ Media1. Failure to consult Congress. The Obama administration has built no consensus among Congress for any kind of strike. Generalissimo Pelosi wants a strike, but beyond her there is very little appetite for any U.S. action. Democr…

Syria a Big Test for Obama’s Second-Term Team

Jonathan Allen, Politico
John Kerry’s job is to make peace, but on Monday the nation’s top diplomat was the man tapped to issue the clarion call for an American strike on Syria."What we saw in Syria last week should shock the conscience of the world. It defies any code of morality," Kerry said. "The indiscriminat

Colleges Are Headed for a Reckoning

Charles Lane, Washington PostPresident Obama deserves credit for using his bully pulpit to address the crisis in college affordability. Especially admirable is his insistence that institutions must control their costs, instead of jacking up t…

Why Won’t Obama Visit North Dakota?

Amy Harder, National Journal
DICKINSON, N.D.—North Dakota is like an overachieving child who attracts the attention of everyone—except Dad.The oil boom taking over western North Dakota and transforming America’s energy landscape has prompted visits from people around the world—Germany, Turkey, Japan, Dubai, and else

Obama’s Good Middle East Report Card

Aaron David Miller, LA Times
Think the United States is fairing badly in the Middle East? Convinced that our policy is chaotic, confused and contradictory, from North Africa to the Persian Gulf?Think again. It may not be politically correct to admit it, but when it comes to furthering America’s core national interests, Washington isn’t doing bad

The Syrian Question

Dexter Filkins, The New YorkerThis time it’s different. For months, Bashar al-Assad, in Syria, has been suspected of using chemical weapons against the rebels who are trying to remove him, in violation of international treaties and …

Obama’s Grand Strategy for Middle East Failed

Walter Russell Mead, WSJ
In the beginning, the Hebrew Bible tells us, the universe was all “tohu wabohu,” chaos and tumult. This month the Middle East seems to be reverting to that primeval state: Iraq continues to unravel, the Syrian War grinds on with violence spreading to Lebanon and allegations of chemical attacks this week, and Egypt stands

Demographic Shifts May Help Virginia Dems

John Harwood, NY TimesBut despite President Obama’s tepid job approval ratings, Democrats have a shot at breaking that rule this November. Some polls show the Democratic nominee, Terry McAuliffe, with a narrow lead over Kenneth T. Cuccinelli…

White House: Transparency Transhmarency

Lloyd Grove, Daily BeastAt a time when Obama communications specialists seem to have grown accustomed to attempting to make reporters accessories to White House message-control in return for granting access to policymakers, the Post stiffened its spin…

MSNBC Has Full Deck of Race Cards

Jonah Goldberg, National Review
“Why do they seem so determined to also make it racial?”So asks Joy-Ann Reid, the managing editor of The Grio, a web magazine owned by NBC News whose mission is to “focus on news and events that have a unique interest and/or pronounced impact within the national African Americans audience.&