Entries in Opposition (2)


Obama Ramps Up Support for Syrian Opposition

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama has directed his national security team to identify ways to significantly increase U.S. support of the opposition forces battling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Among the options under consideration is supplying arms to rebel forces, although no decision on that has been made.

The first step will likely be a dramatic expansion of non-lethal aid to opposition fighters.

“The items to be supplied will be decided after consultations with the Supreme Military Command,” National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said. "Additional communications equipment, armor, night-vision goggles and vehicles are among the items being discussed.”

Hayden also suggested aid to the rebels could go beyond such non-lethal assistance.

“We continue to consider all other possible options that would accomplish our objective of hastening a political transition,” she said.

The aid is intended to tilt the balance in favor of the rebels and hasten the fall of the Assad regime. It is not a direct response to chemical weapons evidence, but a recognition that the situation in Syria has gotten worse and the only real solution is for Assad to be ousted.

Secretary of State John Kerry announced last week that the United States would be doubling aid to the opposition, bringing the total U.S. aid to $250 million, including non-lethal supplies to the opposition’s military wing.

Beyond that, senior administration sources say, the White House is actively considering supplying the rebels with arms. This is a move Obama has resisted for fears that the weapons could fall into the wrong hands.

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Another Democratic Congressman Withdraws Support for Pelosi

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's grip on her position as Speaker of the House grew more tenuous Tuesday after a Democratic congressman joined the ranks of those who said they would not vote for her again as speaker, and another incumbent Democrat suggested she might not even run for speaker in 2011.

The comments themselves do not spell the end for Pelosi's leadership in the House, but they do indicate her hold on the top job may be in question, especially if Democrats maintain only a slim majority in the House after the coming midterm elections.

Even before the Nov. 2 election results are known, at least three incumbent Democrats have said they will definitively oppose Pelosi, and several Democratic challengers have taken the same stance.  While that number is small, those votes could make the difference, if Pelosi seeks another term.  At least one congressman says, even that is a big "if."

"From what we're hearing, she's probably not going to run for speaker again," Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., told ABC affiliate WWAY in North Carolina. "And if she does, I'm confident she's going to have opposition, and I look forward to supporting that opposition.  We want to have a more moderate type of alternative for leadership, and I'm confident we're gonna have that alternative.  You know, when she had opposition before, I voted for her opposition, not for her.  And we're expecting her to have opposition this time."

Contrary to what McIntyre said, there has been no official indication from Pelosi's office that she would not seek the speakership again.

Meanwhile, Rep. Mike McMahon, D-N.Y., told a local newspaper editorial board on Staten Island that the question of voting for Pelosi for speaker, was premature, at best.

"It's hard to answer a hypothetical question when you don't know who the candidates are, you don't know if she's running again," McMahon said, according to the newspaper's website.

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