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U.S. pressed to react to violence in Syria, Egypt: The U.S. is poised to suspend another major weapons s... #navy

U.S. pressed to react to violence in Syria, Egypt: The U.S. is poised to suspend another major weapons s... #navy

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is poised to suspend another major weapons shipment to Egypt amid deep divisions within the Obama administration over whether to cut off aid to the military-backed government. The debate mirrors similar disagreements over intervening in Syria, where there are new reports that chemical weapons have been used by the government. Factions within the administration line up largely along two fronts: those who want the U.S. to take more decisive action to counter widespread violence in both Egypt and Syria, and senior military and some diplomatic leaders who are arguing for moderation. The lack of a unified position — both within the administration and in Congress l — is giving Obama time and space for his cautious approach. But it also poses a moral question: How far should the U.S. go to stop violence against civilians when its actions could drag America i...

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