Syria http://wkms.org en A Viewer's Guide To Obama's Syria Speech http://wkms.org/post/viewers-guide-obamas-syria-speech If ever a speech seemed to be President Obama's last, best chance to win public and congressional support for his plan to launch military strikes against Syria, it's his prime-time talk to the nation Tuesday.<p>With polls indicating that 60 percent of Americans oppose action against Syria for using sarin gas and congressional approval looking ever more like a long shot, Obama's speech is a high-stakes endeavor.<p>What can viewers expect to hear in the speech? Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:22:11 +0000 Frank James 34755 at http://wkms.org A Viewer's Guide To Obama's Syria Speech McConnell Opposes Military Strikes Against Syria, Wants to Explore Diplomatic Options http://wkms.org/post/mcconnell-opposes-military-strikes-against-syria-wants-explore-diplomatic-options <p>Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says a Russian diplomatic proposal that would secure and eventually destroy the Syrian chemical weapons stockpile is worth exploring.</p><p>McConnell drew parallels to the destruction of chemical weapons housed at the Blue Grass Army Depot near Lexington during his remarks on the Senate floor Tuesday.</p><p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 17:24:02 +0000 John Null 34752 at http://wkms.org McConnell Opposes Military Strikes Against Syria, Wants to Explore Diplomatic Options Breakthrough? Syria Hints It Might Give Up Chemical Weapons http://wkms.org/post/breakthrough-syria-hints-it-might-give-chemical-weapons (We most recently updated this post at 4:02 p.m. ET.)<p>Amid reports that Syrian President Bashar Assad may be willing to give up his chemical weapons, as his strongest ally has suggested he do, the Obama administration expressed skepticism Tuesday.<p>But the administration also said it would wait to see what sort of diplomatic solution Syria and "its Russian patrons" come up with. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 16:37:45 +0000 Mark Memmott 34750 at http://wkms.org Breakthrough? Syria Hints It Might Give Up Chemical Weapons McConnell To Decide On Syria Soon, But Certain For No Boots On The Ground http://wkms.org/post/mcconnell-decide-syria-soon-certain-no-boots-ground <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Kentucky’s senior U.S. Senator said while he hasn’t made up his mind on a possible U.S. strike in Syria, he’s certain American military forces won’t be placed inside that country.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Republican Mitch McConnell spoke to the Bowling Green Noon Rotary Club Wednesday, and said even those in Washington who are advocating for U.S. involvement in Syria are stopping short of calling for boots on the ground.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">“I’m not just instinctively opposed to military action,” the Louisville Republican said. “I supported the Afghan war, and I supported the Iraq war. Certainly we need to be careful about doing it. I don’t think anybody supports putting any American military personnel there at all.”</p><p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:21:06 +0000 Kevin Willis (WKU) 34595 at http://wkms.org McConnell To Decide On Syria Soon, But Certain For No Boots On The Ground For Kentucky's Senators, the Issue of Syria has Different Implications http://wkms.org/post/kentuckys-senators-issue-syria-has-different-implications <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>A Western Kentucky University political analyst said the ongoing debate over possible U.S. military action in Syria comes at an opportune time for Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.</p><p>Political Science Professor and Warren County Republican Party Chairman Scott Lasley said Paul has long talked about the U.S. needing to adopt a less aggressive foreign policy. Sen. Paul--who is considering a presidential run--has been a vocal opponent of U.S. military involvement in Syria, saying it’s not in America’s interest to get involved in another nation’s civil war. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 17:20:10 +0000 Kevin Willis 34581 at http://wkms.org For Kentucky's Senators, the Issue of Syria has Different Implications Kerry Says Assad, A 'Thug And Murderer,' Was Behind Attack http://wkms.org/post/kerry-says-assad-thug-and-murderer-was-behind-attack The evidence is clear "and compelling" that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime used chemical weapons against its own people last week, Secretary of State John Kerry told the American people Friday.<p>The U.S., Kerry said, knows where the rockets carrying the chemicals were fired from — territory controlled by the Assad regime — and when they were launched.<p>His words came as the world waits for what are <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/30/217132270/striking-syria-still-seems-a-question-of-when-not-whether" target="_blank">expected to be U.S. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 16:50:27 +0000 Mark Memmott 34470 at http://wkms.org Kerry Says Assad, A 'Thug And Murderer,' Was Behind Attack