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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

'NYT' Editorial: Obama Still Needs to Make Case on Syria

In an editorial just posted, the Times hails Obama's decision to go to Congress but says he still has a way to go to prove the case for attacking Assad forces in Syria.
If he is to win Congressional support, Mr. Obama and his top aides will have to explain in greater detail why they are so confident that the kind of military strikes that administration officials have described would deter President Bashar al-Assad of Syria from gassing his people again (American officials say more than 1,400 were killed on Aug. 21) rather than provoke him to unleash even greater atrocities.
They will also have to explain how they can keep the United States from becoming mired in the Syrian civil war — something Mr. Obama, for sound reasons, has long resisted — and how military action will advance the cause of a political settlement: the only rational solution to the war.
McClatchy reporters tonight, meanwhile, raised issues about facts, including the alleged death toll.

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