White House: 'Common-Sense Test' Holds Assad Responsible - KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe News Weather, Video -

White House: 'Common-Sense Test' Holds Assad Responsible

Posted: Updated:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says a "common-sense test" shows that the Syrian government is responsible for a chemical weapons attack last month, and it demands a U.S. military response.
 
White House chief of staff Denis McDonough (mihk-DUHN'-uh) says the administration lacks the "irrefutable, beyond-a-reasonable-doubt evidence" that skeptical Americans are seeking, but that "this is not a court of law." He says "intelligence does not work that way."
 
The U.S., citing intelligence reports, says the nerve agent sarin was used in an Aug. 21 attack outside Damascus, and that 1,429 people died, including 426 children.
 
McDonough appeared on five TV news shows today as the White House continues its campaign to convince Americans of the need for a military response.
 
President Barack Obama has scheduled five network interviews tomorrow and a speech to the nation on Tuesday.
 
Obama faces a tough audience on Capitol Hill. A survey by The Associated Press finds that House members who have staked out positions are either opposed to or leaning against Obama's plan for a military strike by more than a 6-1 margin.
 
The survey found nearly half of the 433-member House and a third of the 100-member Senate remain undecided.

  • Today's Top StoriesMore>>

  • Spider Season is Here, More Black Widows Are Near

    Spider Season is Here, More Black Widows Are Near

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:16 PM EDT2014-08-28 01:16:54 GMT
    Its spider season here in the Truckee Meadows… that means we're seeing a huge influx of black widows and other bugs outside right now. Spider season starts in early August and goes until late October and even early November. More >>
    Its spider season here in the Truckee Meadows… that means we're seeing a huge influx of black widows and other bugs outside right now. Spider season starts in early August and goes until late October and even early November. More >>
  • Former Police Chief Sues WCSD

    Former Police Chief Sues WCSD

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:45 PM EDT2014-08-28 00:45:50 GMT
    Just as they make a move to settle a lawsuit filed by the superintendent, the Washoe County School Board is facing another suit-- this one filed by former school police chief Mike Mieras.More >>
    Just as they make a move to settle a lawsuit filed by the superintendent, the Washoe County School Board is facing another suit-- this one filed by former school police chief Mike Mieras.More >>
  • Wildfire Burning Near Kingsbury Grade

    Wildfire Burning Near Kingsbury Grade

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:39 PM EDT2014-08-28 00:39:04 GMT
    The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Sierra Front report that fire crews have been called to a wildfire burning near Kingsbury Grade.More >>
    The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Sierra Front report that fire crews have been called to a wildfire burning near Kingsbury Grade.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.