Obama’s Tough Task: Getting Americans To Care About Chemical Weapons Use In Syria

Obama also marked the solemn day by leading a moment of silence at the White House and visiting volunteers at a food bank in Washington, D.C. In his speech at the Pentagon, Obama praised military and diplomatic personnel who have made sacrifices over the past dozen years — and he singled out the four Americans who lost their lives a year ago during an attack on a U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya. Said Obama: “We pray for all those who have stepped forward in those years of war — diplomats who serve in dangerous posts, as we saw this day last year in Benghazi, intelligence professionals, often unseen and unheralded who protect us in every way; our men and women in uniform who http://www.obamastudentloanforgiveness.net/ defend this country that we love.” The Obama administration continues to take criticism from Republicans and others for its handling of the Benghazi attack. The 9/11 anniversary also came in the midst of a diplomatic crisis over Syria.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/09/11/obama-barack-michelle-911-commemoration/2797435/

In a Washington Post/ABC News poll last week, 64 percent opposed U.S. military action in Syria. There are many reasons why the public and lawmakers may be unprepared to support a U.S. attack on Syrian targets, including war fatigue after Afghanistan and Iraq and a lack of clarity from the administration about its goals. But some experts said another factor might be at play: The images, while gruesome and disturbing , do not immediately produce a clear narrative.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obamas-tough-task-getting-americans-to-care-about-chemical-weapons-use-in-syria/2013/09/11/e3815be4-1af6-11e3-8685-5021e0c41964_story.html

Obama in the eyes of the Israeli press

September 11, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm | Sniffit Brass Tacks: Corker is trying to re-establish his Teatroll bona fides after appearing to be a little too supportive of things Obama said and did. He’s trying to balance that out. September 11, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm | don in albuquerque Wow! Stop the presses! Hit the Batsignal, Commissioner! Another GOTP member slams the President!
Source: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/09/11/sen-corker-slams-obama-on-credibility/?sr=sharebar_facebook

Obama Marks 9/11 With Nod to Benghazi, Syria Crisis

“Yes, we’ve been through the crucible, and we live in a dangerous world. But from the fallen and from all who have sacrificed so that we may live free, we can take heart that ours is the greatest cause and the work before us is not above our capacity or beyond our strength. After all, we are Americans.” On Wednesday, President Obama also paid tribute to the four victims of the assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya , exactly one year ago. “We pray for all those who’ve stepped forward in those years of war, diplomats who serve in dangerous posts, as we saw this day last year in Benghazi,” Obama said, “intelligence professionals, often unseen and unheralded, who protect us in every way, our men and women in uniform who defend this country that we love.” On Sept. 11, 2012, insurgents with ties to al Qaeda killed U.S.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/president-obama-marks-911-nod-benghazi-syria-crisis/story?id=20224628

Sen. Corker slams Obama on credibility

Maybe McCain and Co. are right, but after our experience with their wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, maybe the ability of these Republican hawks to fully foresee the consequences of involvement should not be assumed. Maybe Obama’s restraint is wiser –better for the nation– than the path of action the Republicans have castigated him for not acting. That is as plausible as their case. Maybe it was not best that the President drew that “red line” about the use of chemical weapons. My guess is that he did it because the Republicans put him in a position where he felt the need to refute their “Obama’s a wuss on Syria” attack by showing that he’s ready to flex American muscle, but there’s got to be more of our interests involved than there were then.
Source: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/09/11/1238285/-Obama-s-Syrian-Moves-Deserve-More-Respect-than-They-re-Getting

facility in Benghazi, Libya. During a 9/11 memorial ceremony at the Pentagon, Obama said: “We pray for all those who have stepped forward in those years of war — diplomats who serve in dangerous posts, as we saw this day last year in Benghazi, intelligence professionals, often unseen and unheralded who protect us in every way — our men and women in uniform who defend this country that we love.” Congressional Republicans continue to criticize the Obama administration for its handling of Benghazi, and say officials are covering up exactly what happened there. “President Obama promised the American people we would track down those responsible and bring them to justice,” said a statement from Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. “One year after the attack, no one has been held accountable.” Graham added: “Questions about what happened in Benghazi remain unanswered and the American people deserve answers.” The White House also cited the dual anniversaries in a statement about security preparations for 9/11: “September 11th has been a day of remembrance for 12 years for Americans and others around the world. “The events of last year, losing four brave Americans — Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods — brought home the reality of the challenges we face in the world.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2013/09/11/obama-benghazi-sept-11-lindsey-graham/2798953/

Coal Industry Cries Foul Over Obama Emission Rules

(BTU) and Arch Coal Inc. (ACI) , and utilities such as American Electric Power Co. (AEP) , have visited the Office of Management and Budget, which is reviewing the EPA proposal, and made their case that requiring carbon capture, knowns as CCS, is a mistake. By prohibiting the use of coal without CCS, demand for electricity would be met with natural gas or other cost competitive available options, but not coal with CCS, which will remain significantly more expensive, the Coal Utilization Research Council said in a filing to the White House. Eight Years The American Public Power Association, in a meeting with White House officials on Sept. 4, urged it to set the standard for coal at 1,900 pounds, and revisit the commercial availability of carbon capture in eight years.
Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-11/obama-said-to-ban-new-coal-plants-without-carbon-controls.html

Obama, critics mark Benghazi anniversary

The lead story on many Israeli newspapers and websites on Wednesday – after Obamas speech to the nation – focused on a potential deal between Russia and Iran that would supply missile systems to Iran and help it build a second nuclear reactor. Irans President, Hassan Rowhani, is set to meet Putin on Friday during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Kyrgyzstan. Ronald Reagan must be spinning in his gravethe Russians are making a comeback, thanks to the Obama administration, wrote Yehuda Balanga, a professor at Bar Ilan University, in an opinion piece for Maariv on Tuesday, according to a translation by POLITICO. Despite its support of the bad guys of the Middle East (Iran and Syria), Russia seems now more than ever to have a solution to the Syrian crisis in their hands. On Wednesday, most Israeli papers did not feature a photo of the president on their front pages – instead Putin and Syrian rebels dominated. The few who did feature Obama, such as the Hebrew version of Haaretz , the popular website Walla, or the English-language newspaper The Jerusalem Post , ran photos of the president from behind, looking down, or from far away.
Source: http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/09/obama-in-the-eyes-of-the-israeli-press-172362.html


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