Senate Hearing On Ukraine Exposes Divisions

By: Wednesday May 7, 2014 6:16 am

Yesterday the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had a hearing on US policy in Ukraine. The hearing exposes deep divisions both in strategy and perspective. Senators grilled Assistant Secretary, European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia Evelyn Farkas and Assistant Secretary, Terrorist Financing, Department of the Treasury Daniel Glaser as [...]

Senate Committee Also Backed Regime Change In Syria

By: Thursday September 5, 2013 5:57 am

Well that was fast mission creep. In an apparent attempt to appease Senator John McCain, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee included a regime change provision in the resolution authorizing President Obama to start a war with Syria. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a resolution Wednesday saying a goal of U.S. policy will be to [...]

Breaking: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes Syria War Bill

By: Wednesday September 4, 2013 1:29 pm

PICTURE of McCain playing poker during Syria hearing is up — E McMorris-Santoro (@EvanMcSan) September 3, 2013 The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the Syria War Bill out of committee. The vote was 10-7, with Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) voting present. The narrow approval came after a three-hour briefing with top Obama administration [...]

Syrian War Bill Proposed In Senate As Public Still Opposes Intervention

By: Wednesday September 4, 2013 5:26 am

A bill authorizing the use of military force in Syria has been drafted in the Senate. The resolution from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee allows President Obama to make war on Syria for a period of 90 days with certain conditions. SECTION 2. AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES. (a) AUTHORIZATION-The President is [...]

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes Time-Limited Authorization of Libyan Mission

By: Wednesday June 29, 2011 9:35 am

Harold Koh got slapped around by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday, but that was a small price to pay for the Administration for winning the ultimate battle. In a victory for President Barack Obama, a Senate panel voted Tuesday to approve U.S. participation in the military campaign against Libya and Moammar Gadhafi’s forces. The [...]

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes New START Treaty with Bipartisan Support

By: Thursday September 16, 2010 10:39 am

In a slightly surprising outcome (at least to me), three Republicans joined the Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in approving the new START arms reduction treaty with Russia. The final vote on the committee was 14-4. According to Tony Fleming, Richard Lugar, Bob Corker and Johnny Isakson joined all the Democrats in voting [...]

Republican Senate Caucus Becomes Bribery Factory, as Kyl Holds Up New START for Pork

By: Wednesday August 4, 2010 10:49 am

In addition to the energy/oil spill bill getting deferred to September at the earliest, the Senate also delayed its work on the New START Treaty, which I’ve been calling the Prague Treaty because that’s where it was signed. The Prague Treaty would reduce US and Russian nuclear stockpiles significantly, by about 30%, and put a [...]

John Kerry Releases “I Was Right About Bin Laden And Tora Bora In 2004″ Report

By: Sunday November 29, 2009 4:55 pm

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee released a report entitled “Tora Bora Revisited: How We Failed To Get Bin Laden And Why It Matters Today.” I support any effort to explain the history of Bush Administration blunders, and this report does an excellent job in that regard. I’m a little less clear, even after reading the [...]

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