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Measure Authorizing President to Strike Syria Clears Crucial Senate Hurdle

The measure authorizing President Obama to strike Syria clears a crucial Senate hurdle.
The measure authorizing President Obama to strike Syria clears a crucial Senate hurdle. Public hearings and closed door briefings dominate the schedule on Capitol Hill.

The debate surrounding a possible US assault on the Bashar Al Assad government for the alleged use of chemical weapons headlines the International Conversation as President Obama heads to Russia.

The President's appearance in Russia adds another layer of tension to the Syrian situation because of Russia's support of the Syrian Regime.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says a US strike on Bashar Al Assad's government in Syria would not be a pin prick.

"This would be a significant strike that would in fact degrade his capability."

The Obama Administration wants to launch a limited military assault on the Assad Regime for allegedly gassing more than 1,400 civilians, many of them children.

While the President's top national security advisers answered questions before a house panel in a effort to receive congressional approval, a Senate Committee began refining the language of a resolution authorizing military force.

"The world cannot, and will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons anywhere."

It also sets a 60 day deadline with a 30 day extension for military intervention and bars any American ground forces in Syria.

"This will indeed be a war and hopefully it won't include casualties on our side."

While in Sweden on the first day of a 3 day trip, President Obama began seeking more international support for military action and he called out Russia for blocking any UN action against Syria.

"It has been very difficult to get Russia working through the security council to acknowledge the terrible behavior of the Assad Regime."

The Defense Secretary estimated the costs of strikes against Syria at tens of millions of dollars.  Draft resolutions of military authorization are expected to be debated by the full House and Senate when lawmakers return next week.
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