McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

September 9, 2013

Syria debate scrambles US politics as usual


McALESTER — In an era of stark polarization, when debate tends to fall into the same well-worn grooves, Syria has scrambled the usual political equation.

In an odd-fellows alliance, Republican House Speaker John A. Boehner stands with Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, supporting the president. Human rights advocates align with GOP hawks, favoring a military strike. Anti-war liberals have joined with tea party Republicans, opposing intervention in Syria’s 2 1/2-year civil war.