Syria http://wkyufm.org en Kentucky is Home to the Types of Chemical Weapons Allegedly Used in Syria http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-home-types-chemical-weapons-allegedly-used-syria <p>Richmond, Kentucky is the last site in the U.S. to continue storing the type of chemical weapons allegedly used in Syria.&nbsp; The nerve agents Sarin and VX, banned worldwide, are housed at the Bluegrass Army Depot.&nbsp;</p><p>Considered two of the world's most deadly chemical warfare agents, the stockpile is on schedule to be destroyed by 2023.&nbsp;</p><p>One of the people overseeing the destruction is Craig Williams, the Chemical Weapons Project Director at the Kentucky Environmental Foundation.&nbsp; He spoke to WKU Public Radio about the weapons stored at the Bluegrass Army Depot. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 21:41:50 +0000 Lisa Autry 37130 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky is Home to the Types of Chemical Weapons Allegedly Used in Syria Breaking Down Chemical Weapons, One Fact At A Time http://wkyufm.org/post/breaking-down-chemical-weapons-one-fact-time Saturday, the U.S. and Russia <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/14/222397967/u-s-and-russia-form-a-plan-on-syrias-chemical-weapons">announced an agreement</a> on the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons. The country has a week to detail its chemical arsenal and has until the middle of 2014 to destroy its stockpile. Sat, 14 Sep 2013 22:15:00 +0000 NPR Staff 37059 at http://wkyufm.org Breaking Down Chemical Weapons, One Fact At A Time U.S. And Russia Form A Plan On Syria's Chemical Weapons http://wkyufm.org/post/us-and-russia-form-plan-syrias-chemical-weapons Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart have reached a deal that calls for Syria to destroy all of its chemical weapons. The plan, which Kerry announced in a news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva on Saturday, gives Syria a week to detail its chemical arsenal.<p>"The world will now expect the Assad regime to live up to its public commitments," Kerry said. Sat, 14 Sep 2013 12:37:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 37041 at http://wkyufm.org U.S. And Russia Form A Plan On Syria's Chemical Weapons Rand Paul On Syria: 'I Think There's Evil On Both Sides' http://wkyufm.org/post/rand-paul-chemicals-used-not-reason-enough-strike Kentucky Republican Rand Paul is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and one of Congress' leading skeptics of U.S. military strategy, including possible strikes on Syria. On Tuesday, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gE8jeD-uB7U%20">he offered a detailed response</a> to <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/10/221154902/live-blog-obama-addresses-the-nation-on-syria">President Obama's speech</a> about the Syrian crisis. Paul joins Michel Martin of <em>Tell Me More</em> to talk about his opposition to military action, and what the U.S. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:09:00 +0000 editor 36871 at http://wkyufm.org Rand Paul On Syria: 'I Think There's Evil On Both Sides' Obama's Speech On Syria May Fail To Sway Doubters http://wkyufm.org/post/obamas-speech-syria-may-fail-sway-doubters By scheduling his Syria address on Tuesday night, President Obama had initially intended to shape the course of events. Instead, events had already overtaken his speech.<p>He had planned to rally public support for military action against Syria, in hopes of winning over a reluctant Congress. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 10:17:41 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 36847 at http://wkyufm.org Obama's Speech On Syria May Fail To Sway Doubters WKU Public Radio Airing NPR's Live Coverage of President Obama's Address to Nation http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-public-radio-airing-nprs-live-coverage-president-obamas-address-nation <p></p><p>President Obama is set to address the nation Tuesday evening about the ongoing conflict in Syria, and his efforts to get Congress to authorize a U.S. military strike following the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons.</p><p>WKU Public Radio will air NPR's live coverage of the President's speech, starting at 8 p.m central/ 9 eastern time.</p><p>You can also access our coverage through our online webstreaming, by clicking on the "Listen Live" button at the top of the page.</p><p>In other Syria-related news Tuesday:</p><p>NPR: <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/10/220959389/diplomats-press-syria-to-give-up-chemical-weapons" target="_blank">Breakthrough? Syria Hints it Might Give Up Chemical Weapons</a></p><p>WKU Public Radio: <a href="http://wkyufm.org/post/sen-mcconnell-will-vote-against-military-strike-syria" target="_blank">Mitch McConnell to Vote "No" on U.S. Strike Against Syria</a></p><p>NY Times: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/11/world/middleeast/syrian-chemical-arsenal.html?hp&amp;_r=0" target="_blank">U.S. and Allies to Work Through U.N. Path on Syria Chemical Weapons</a> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:43:53 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 36817 at http://wkyufm.org WKU Public Radio Airing NPR's Live Coverage of President Obama's Address to Nation Sen. McConnell Will Vote Against Military Strike on Syria http://wkyufm.org/post/sen-mcconnell-will-vote-against-military-strike-syria <p><span class="userContent" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}">Speaking on the floor of the U.S. Senate Tuesday morning, Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell announced he will not support the President's call for a U.S. military strike on Syria.<br><br>The Louisville Republican said President Obama has not put forth a "credible strategy" regarding Syria. McConnell added that he doesn't think a "limited strike would resolve the civil war in Syria or remove Assad from power."<br><br>The Senate Minority Leader said while the chemical weapons attacks in Syria were horrible they did not pose a direct security threat to the U.S. or its allies.</span></p><p>Up until Tuesday, the leading Senate Republican had not committed to a position on the President's call for force against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. His fellow Kentucky Republican, Rand Paul of Bowling Green, has been an outspoken opponent of U.S. intervention.</p><p>McConnell expressed concern during his Senate floor speech about the possible unintended consequence&nbsp; of chemical weapons falling into the hands of Islamic extremists should the U.S. conduct the type of limited surgical military strike being proposed.</p><p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 14:35:19 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 36802 at http://wkyufm.org Obama's Toughest Audience: His Die-Hard Supporters http://wkyufm.org/post/obamas-toughest-audience-his-die-hard-supporters Brent Rosenberg was an early and enthusiastic Barack Obama supporter at a place and time when it mattered most: Iowa 2008, in the run-up to the first-in-the-nation presidential-nominating contest.<p>"I worked hard during the caucuses," said Rosenberg, a Des Moines lawyer and lifelong Democrat. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 14:19:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 36799 at http://wkyufm.org Obama's Toughest Audience: His Die-Hard Supporters Guthrie a "No" Vote on U.S. Military Strike Against Syria http://wkyufm.org/post/guthrie-no-vote-us-military-strike-against-syria <p><span class="userContent" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}">Kentucky's 2nd District Congressman, Brett Guthrie, has announced he will oppose the President's call for a U.S. military strike in Syria.<br><br>Here's what the Bowling Green Republican said in a news release about how he came to his decision:<br><br>"I appreciate Administration officials briefing the House on this very important situation. However, none of the information shared with me today has convinced me that military action is necessa<span class="text_exposed_show">ry or appropriate to further our national security interests in Syria and the surrounding region.<br><br>“There is no doubt that the Middle East is ripe with conflict and that the chemical weapons attack against the Syrian people on August 21 was horrific. But I do not believe that a bombing campaign against the Assad regime would be appropriate, and may even further enflame regional tensions. As the last remaining superpower, the United States should act as a role model for these troubled nations and look for further diplomatic solutions.</span></span><br> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 13:40:42 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 36797 at http://wkyufm.org GOP Senator Alexander Opposes U.S. Strike on Syria http://wkyufm.org/post/gop-senator-alexander-opposes-us-strike-syria <p>Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander says he will oppose a measure authorizing U.S. military force against Syria.</p><p>The Tennessee lawmaker said on Monday that a strike carries too much risk and could set off a series of events leading to greater U.S. involvement in another long-term Mideast war. He warned about the uncertainty in agreeing to President Barack Obama's request for military intervention after last month's deadly chemical weapons attack.</p><p>Alexander was announcing his position at a speech in Nashville. The Associated Press obtained excerpts of his remarks.</p><p>The senator has participated by telephone in briefings with senior administration officials and spoke this past weekend with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.</p><p>Alexander's Tennessee colleague, Sen. Bob Corker, collaborated with Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez in writing the resolution authorizing U.S. force. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 17:59:56 +0000 Associated Press 36756 at http://wkyufm.org GOP Senator Alexander Opposes U.S. Strike on Syria