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CODEPINK protester crashes Senate hearing on Syria: ‘The American people do not want this’

CODEPINK co-founder and anti-war activist Medea Benjamin interrupted a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the possibility of a U.S. military strike in Syria on Tuesday, prompting a response from Secretary of State John Kerry after she was ejected from the proceedings. Video posted by Talking Points Memo shows Benjamin…

John Kerry: This is not the time for armchair isolationism

The United States must “stand up and act” to punish the Syrian regime and cannot resort to isolationism in the face of “slaughter,” Secretary of State John Kerry told lawmakers Tuesday. “This is not the time for armchair isolationism. This is not the time to be spectators to a slaughter,”…

Hagel and Kerry to make case to Congress for attacking Syria: Failing to act ‘unravels the deterrent impact of the international norm against chemical weapons use’

The US secretaries of state and defense go before a Senate panel seeking support to attack Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons, warning failure to do so might embolden Hezbollah and Iran. In what will be one of the most high-profile political set pieces in Washington in weeks,…

John Kerry: Science on climate change is ‘irrefutable and it is alarming’

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the evidence for climate change was beyond dispute but it was not too late for international action to prevent its worst impacts. “The science is clear. It is irrefutable and it is alarming,” Kerry told a climate conference in Majuro in the…

Rand Paul mocks Kerry by twisting his famous anti-Vietnam war quote

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Sunday twisted a famous anti-war quote Secretary of State John Kerry made in 1971 testimony about the Vietnam War, and then told the veteran to remember “how awful war is.” In an interview with NBC News following President Barack Obama’s decision to ask Congress for…

John Kerry: Hair and blood samples tested positive for sarin in Syria

The United States has proof sarin gas was used in a Damascus attack, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday, as he urged Congress to vote for military action against the Syrian regime. Hair and blood samples given to the United States from emergency workers on the scene of last…

U.S. demands release of Americans imprisoned in Iran

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday called for the release of two American dual citizens jailed in Iran, saying Washington was “deeply concerned” about their fate. He also again requested information on an American who went missing in Iran in March 2007. The United States is “deeply concerned…

Richard Haass: U.S. is going to take military action against Syria

Richard Haass, the president on the Council on Foreign Relations, said Monday he was almost certain the United States was going to attack Syria. “Secretary Kerry went far out on a limb, both in the content and, as you say, the tone,” he told CNN. “So, sure, I would frankly…

John Kerry: Syria guilty of ‘a moral obscenity’

Washington warned Syria on Monday it would face action over the “moral obscenity” of a chemical weapons attack, as UN inspectors braved sniper fire to gather evidence about the incident. Speaking amid reports that Washington and its allies are preparing to launch a punitive cruise missile strike on Syrian targets,…

War Powers Resolution gives Obama the power to attack Syria

US President Barack Obama has the authority to launch air strikes against Syria. But he has to notify lawmakers in Congress — a process which Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday has begun. “The administration is actively consulting with members of Congress, and we will continue to have these…

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