McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

September 5, 2013

Obama must persuade fellow Democrats on Syria action


McALESTER — When the House votes next week on whether to launch military action in Syria, President Barack Obama will have to persuade not only Republicans but also members of his own party to go along.

They include Rep. Ami Bera, a freshman from California who serves on the Foreign Affairs Committee. At a hearing Wednesday where the panel took testimony from Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Bera said he wasn't convinced the administration had made the case.