WASHINGTON, D.C. – Time now for today’s Syria NewsFix in brief.
Dateline Washington: President Obama launches his assault on Capitol Hill. Administration officials provided classified briefings on Syria to congressional leaders who didn’t look happy about returning to Washington a week early.
Whatever he said apparently worked on Speaker John Boehner who said, “I’m gonna support the President’s call for action. I believe that my colleagues should support this call for action” and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said, “Hundreds of children were killed. This is behavior outside the circle of civilized human behavior and we must respond.”
Dateline somewhere in the eastern Mediterranean:. The pentagon confirms Israel launched a missile as part of a joint US, Israel test of the Arrow Ballistic Missile Defense System. Although the Israelis did not aim the missile specifically at Syria, the launch did not help ease tensions created by threats of u-s missile strikes against Syria.
Dateline cyberspace: The Syrian Electronic Army, the cyber-hacking arm of the Syrian government, hacked a U.S. Marine recruiting web site, telling marines to refuse orders to fight against Syria.
Dateline Dallas:. Former President George W. Bush says he’s not a fan of Syrian President Assad, but he wouldn’t say more to Fox News, except that President Obama has to make a tough call.
43’s statement calls to mind his unsuccessful attempts in 2007 to get then-senators Obama, Biden, Kerry and Hagel, and other members of Congress, to put pressure on Assad who was letting al Qaeda terrorists go through Syria to fight U.S. troops in Iraq.
Now the worm has turned on Assad with al Qaeda fighting him for control of Syria. He’s learning the hard way that the enemy of his enemy is now his enemy.