Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some – San Diego, California News Station – KFMB Channel 8 – cbs8.com
View photo A Kurdish fighter keeps guard while overlooking positions of Islamic State militants near Mosul in northern By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama could ask the U.S. Congress in coming weeks to approve new funds for airstrikes against Islamic State targets, according to a congressional aide, following the militants’ beheading of an American journalist and activities in Iraq. A Senate Democratic aide on Friday said the Obama administration could detail by early to mid-September the amount of additional money it wants for the military operations, although the aide did not estimate the size of the possible funding request. The administration has indicated it does not want to put combat troops into the region, although it has said it is evaluating all options on how to deal with Syria. The request would come as some influential members of Congress call on Obama to step up U.S.
By contrast, there are no photos of him playing basketball or during his regular gym workout. With the U.S. engaged militarily in Iraq, and struggling to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza and ease tensions between Russia and Ukraine, the White House released photos of Obama early in the vacation being briefed by top aides, including national security adviser Susan Rice and Attorney General Eric Holder. Other images captured him on the telephone with world leaders. Obama’s aides counter criticism of his vacations by saying he travels with what essentially is a mini-White House. The entourage comes complete with top advisers and senior staff, and communications equipment needed to do the job from wherever he may be.
Obama Again Faces Tug of Military Action in Syria – ABC News
interests, should change his cautious calculus. Pressure is coming from his own military leaders to go after the Islamic State inside Syria. But he must weigh that against his aversion to the risks that could come with plunging the United States into a country torn apart by an intractable internal conflict. Syrians Return to Battle-Scarred Homes White House officials have suggested that airstrikes in Syria are an option, though the officials say specific military proposals has not yet been presented to the president. “We’re actively considering what’s going to be necessary to deal with that threat, and we’re not going to be restricted by borders,” said Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser.
Obama and Holder hone their messages on race issues – CNN.com
A child of the civil rights era, Holder told his own stories of racial profiling — his car being searched during a traffic stop on the New Jersey Turnpike; police officers stopping him as he ran to a movie theater in Washington’s tony Georgetown neighborhood. “At the time that he stopped me, I was a federal prosecutor,” Holder said. “I wasn’t a kid. … I worked at the United States Department of Justice.
Obama considering airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State – Washington Times
Rhodes said. We will do whats necessary to protect Americans and see that justice is done for what we saw with the barbaric killing of Jim Foley. Weve shown time and again that if theres a counterterrorism threat, well take direct action against that threat if necessary. Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said the videotaped beheading of Mr. Foley was a savage act of terrorism. It stands out because [the Islamic State] is trying to further political goals and is using this beheading for political purposes, Col.