Syrian Officials Pushing Back Against Giving Up Chemical Weapons

The lawyerly wrangling over how to compose documents that would spell out what the international community is to do with Syria’s chemical weapons has begun now that negotiations have kicked off in earnest. With American and French warships prowling the waters of the eastern Mediterranean in the event that diplomacy fails, things continued to move…

After Obama’s Speech, Will Wall St. Remain Bullish on Tomahawk-maker Raytheon?

Update II: (5:30 p.m. Wednesday): Wall St. is clearly expecting a slew of Tomahawks to be fired at some point — and then replaced. Raytheon’s stock, at the close of trading, was at $77.43, approaching its 12-month high.  Update (11:36 a.m. Wednesday): “The Street” continues bullish about war. Raytheon stock is trading at $77.02 per…

DNC’s Vice Chair’s Opposition Underscores Politics of Coming Syria Vote

For U.S. House members, 2014 is an election year. The campaign season soon will kick into high gear. So it’s worth asking 14 months from Election Day: Who do Democratic House members need more, President Barack Obama or the Democratic National Committee? In the current American political campaign climate, however, it’s a question that cannot…

A New Revolt of the Generals?

Back in the bloody Iraqi spring of 2006, a group of retired Army and Marine Corps generals including former Central Command chief Gen. Anthony Zinni and several two-star generals who had left the service after commanding troops in Iraq in 2004 and 2005, created a huge stir when they publicly demanded the resignation of Secretary…

Sen. McCain Roughed Up By Constituents Over Syria Stance (Video)

US lawmakers from both parties and all corners of the nation this week have voiced agreement that their constituents are overwhelmingly against a military strike in Syria. The calls and emails have flooded into Washington this week from California to the office of Democratic Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein. Democratic Senate Armed Services Committee…

Rep Holt: With Each White House Syria Answer, ‘The Less Satisfied I Am’ (Video)

[HTML1] Does the White House face an uphill battle garnering ample support among House members for a use-of-force resolution in the House? You bet it does. And, to be clear, faces a steep climb in convincing its fellow Democrats to authorize even a limited military mission. Not only did numerous Democratic House members voice concerns…

French Intel Agencies Detail Further Syrian Chemical Capabilities

On Sept 2, the French government released the executive summary of its declassified intelligence report on Syrian chemical weapons capabilities, and the five-page document adds some intriguing new evidence that the French claim shows the Assad regime continues to explore new ways in which to use its chemical stockpiles against civilian targets. The French intelligence…

Want to Know the Size of Syria’s Opposition Forces? Ask the Diplomat.

If a United States senator wants to learn the size of the rebel force in a nation where the executive branch wants to launch military strikes, it turns out he has to ask not the top US civilian nor uniformed officials but…a diplomat. That’s what happened on Tuesday. When Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., asked about the…

Live Tweeting: Senate Panel Considers Military Strikes in Syria

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is considering whether to craft and move a resolution authorizing a military strike in Syria. Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey are testifying. Panel Chairman Sen. Robert Menedez says while he voted against the Iraq war, he supports a Syria…