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Obama’s Syria speech, remembering 9/11 and Benghazi
Today’s news and a discussion with TW&E contributor Cal Thomas on the president’s speech announcing the postponement of the use-of-force resolution, plus: WORLD editor Mindy Belz on the longer-range issues facing the Middle East, a report on the anniversary of the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, a conservative media critic calls out press indifference to scandals involving this White House.
Syria speech reaction: Instant polling found the president didn’t win converts to the proposition that the United States should strike Syria, not least members of Congress who may still have to cast a vote on the president’s policy
Obama makes the case: The president made his argument once again for a use-of-force resolution, even as he withdrew consideration of the unpopular proposal, in favor of diplomatic efforts aimed at containing chemical weapons stocks
Alabama church bombing remembered: House and Senate leaders have awarded Congress' highest civilian honor to four girls killed in an Alabama church bombing 50 years ago this week. AP Religion Editor Steve Coleman reports
Obamacare: Tea Party rallies opponents of the new government health law, directing their ire toward Republican leaders in their view insufficiently committed to delaying the measure by denying funding for it
Money/markets: Syria strike postponement, China grow buoys Wall Street
Commentator Cal Thomas on the Syria speech
TW&E regular contributor Cal Thomas says the president’s postponing the use-of-force resolution, far from getting Washington on the hook, may have made things even worse.
WORLD’s Mindy Belz on the problems that remain
Among other difficulties not solved for Syria and its neighbors is that the administration continues to ignore the persecution faced by the Christian minority at the hands of Islamic extremists.
Benghazi attack -- 12 months later
WORLD News Group’s Kent Covington recounts the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. One year later, many questions remain.
The incurious press
Media critic Brent Bozell says that we know about Benghazi is that “we don’t know anything about Benghazi.” He argues that the mainstream news media’s inattention to the Benghazi story is part of a pattern of press indifference to stories that might embarrass the Obama administration. Bozell is the co-author, with Tim Graham, of Collusion (HarperCollins, 2013).