Kerry, Hagel to call Democratic, Republican senators about Syria

WASHINGTON Sat Aug 31, 2013 9:38am EDT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks about the situation in Syria at the State Department in Washington, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks about the situation in Syria at the State Department in Washington, August 30, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and other senior U.S. national security officials will hold conference calls about Syria on Saturday afternoon with the Senate Democratic Caucus as well as the Senate Republican Conference, a White House official said.

The calls, which will be unclassified, are part of "the Administration's consultations regarding the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons in Syria on August 21," the official said.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and President Barack Obama's National Security Adviser Susan Rice as well as Admiral James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will also participate, the official said.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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Comments (3)
DbPolk wrote:
Great job Barack. Keep them hopeful war is just around the corner until.. OOPS it was the rebs(saudi-sunni) who used the gas. What to do then?

Aug 31, 2013 9:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Ollerus wrote:
When is the Nobel committee going to rescind the “Peace Prize” it awarded to Obama… Oh wait that was the “Anybody But Bush” prize, I totally forgot.

Carry on warmonger-er… carry on.

Aug 31, 2013 11:00am EDT  --  Report as abuse
chekovmerlin wrote:
How about like the House of Commons in Great Britain. Face to face, not conference calls to two separate conferences? Open debate, not just talking heads top down? How about committee hearings that are televised so the American public can watch and listen? How about some good old fashioned democracy for a change? Nah, it’s too dangerous. Mustn’t let the public know what’s going on. Might spill some secrets.
THIS is not the American government I taught for 40 years in the 20th century. Not by a long shot.

Aug 31, 2013 11:48am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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