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September 02, 2013


Obama Seeks to Rally Support for Syria Strike

"The Obama administration began a full-press campaign on Sunday for Congressional approval of its plan to carry out a punitive strike against the Syrian government," the New York Times reports.

"The lobbying blitz stretched from Capitol Hill, where the administration held its first classified briefing on Syria open to all lawmakers, to Cairo, where Secretary of State John Kerry reached Arab diplomats by phone in an attempt to rally international support for a firm response to the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus."

Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports that leading lawmakers "dealt bipartisan rejection" to Obama's "request to strike Syrian military targets, saying the best hope for congressional approval would be to narrow the scope of the resolution."

Roll Call notes that after a classified briefing "not a single member seemed to think a resolution authorizing force against the war-torn nation could pass at the present time."












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