After years of U.S. ?inaction and denial, Secretary of State John Kerry is now leading the Obama administration’s charge against Syria but faces a ?political minefield, including opposition from voters and potential GOP presidential contenders. Kerry’s ominous words could mean a military strike soon against Syria, a risky gamble because most Americans appear opposed to another U.S. intervention, while many Republicans are likely to seize on the issue to portray Kerry and Obama as weak and slow-footed in dealing with President Bashar Assad. Whatever the president decides to do, he will be pilloried by his opponents and even some liberal
There is nothing the Russians would like better than for the weakened USA to get involved in a conflict in Syria. The problems are serious, but why must the USA always be obligated to ´do something´? If Obama wants to throw money and munitions into Syria he must first go to Congress not the U.N. for approval, but his track record with Lybia reminds us that he does not follow legal process, yet we must foot the bill. Do we even know for sure who deployed the poison gas? Duplicity and double duplicity must always be suspected as nothing is ever straight forward and simple where the middle east is concerned. I would urge Congress to put the brakes on Obama any way they can.
Why would we even consider intervention in this win/win situation. It´s muslims killing muslims and thats good for us. As is typical with any totalitarian political ideology they eventually eat their own.
Kerry reminds me of WMD Colin Powell. BHO reminds me of Mohammed Mursi and Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Enjoy the Arab spring caused by Hussein´s Cairo speech. After that magnificent oratory thousands got killed in Libya, Syria, and Irak by al-Quaeda/Zmuslim Brotherhood. Most especially Christians, my coreligionists.
Our enemies are killing our enemies. This is not a terrible thing. As long as the syrians are busy with each other, they are less of a threat to us and our interests. This is like interfering in your neighbors pending divorce. They will both end up blaming and hating you.
Obama has no opponents. And if he did it wouldn´t matter what they said. No one cares. Boehner adores Obama as does McCain who´s like the co-president now. If anyone did say anything against Obama, McCain would run to the media and defend Obama.
More analysis, please. Create a study commission to sift through ALL of the evidence. Take another month to get international cooperation and ponder the consequences. Allow yourself to get bluffed by Assad for fear of gas attacks on Israel or even within the U.S. Dither, Dawdle and doodle your plans.
If you have a closet full of rifles,shotguns and pistols,the NSA knows exactly where you are but they cant find Syria on a map.It´s amazing to me that we have no knowledge of what´s going on ,on the ground there.
Lurch is feckless and always looks like he spent too much time in a Parisian bistro, but whether he´s right or wrong he looks like he´s actually attempting to function as Secretary of State. He seems to have actually done more already (for good or ill) than the flying PIAPS did in four years.
Maybe the president should go to a middle school and give a speech. I love it when a traitorous Vietnam era former sailor who had Christmas in Cambodia seared in his brain and a stand on the corner community organizer play ´war monger´. Gingis Kahn and GODzilla take us to war. Rebels shooting at us with guns we sold to them from Benghazi. This is fun to watch because whatever they choose it will be wrong. Their media will have to work overtime on this one.
REAL Republians and all true Conservatives are NOT rushing to attack anyone in Syria.
There are mentally derranged or brain damaged idiots all up or it, but that´s about it.
Syria is a highly complex nation with a large number of ethnic and religious communities. It´s not the black/white of Iraq where you had modernists on one side ~ who we were killing off ~ they were Saddam´s crowd, and traditionalists on the other side ~ who we were also killing off ~ remember the Faluja battle against the Sunni tribals?
Syria has several Christian communities, numerous sorts of Sunni, a wide variety of Shi´ites, and ruling them all are the Allawites who have a basic Shi´ite religious affiliation with bits and pieces of Christian and Jewish tradition through in.
Syria also has large oil pipelines ~ ..... ~ which are probably the economic target of interest.
Obama´s only interest is in killing Christians ~ and that´s simply no longer a basis for war in the West.
Too many unanswered questions here. Where is the hue and cry from the leftists anti-war crowd? Where are the screams of this being for oil? For people for whom the word, "Victory? is non existent, this is not right. If our enemies are killing one another, let them have at it. The hate for Christians and Jews is rampant within this administration. If England will meet on it, why are we not (Congress?) and heading into a war or a whizzing contest with nuts with nukes? This has al-qaeda / MoBro fingerprints all over it. God help us!
And to think that the next person the Marxist Party is grooming for a Presidential run is just as crooked and incompetent as the Chicago nightmare we have now. Lets see... who have they run recently. Jon Carry, the anti hero who was in Viet Nam. Hillary Clinton, the hero from Benghazi and Fort Marcy Park. Also the glorious stoned Communist Community Organizer from Chicago.
There probably less than a couple hundred impeachable offences against the three, or four of them, if you include Bill the rapist and proven perjurer..
Don´t kid yourself, a Republican in the White House would already be there as a peacekeeper for UN. This is another perfect fight to avoid - like Beirut was, like Libya was. President´s can´t seem to avoid these approval poll honeypots.
We have no friends in Syria. Assad is most assuredly Putin´s man and Russia will absolutely back him militarily. We don´t know who the rebels are but they seem to have multiple links to terrorists. If we arm them, they will use those weapons against our interests somewhere in the world.
What happens if an Exocet missile sinks the cruiser launching cruise missiles? What if during the escalation, a SAM takes out a helicopter full of SEALS? It really looks like we´ll be doing well to get out of this having delivered a symbolic gesture against what might well turn out to be the wrong party.
The Obama administration’s delay in responding to the slaughter of innocent Syrians and alleged use of chemical weapons by Assad is already a hot political issue that’s likely to resonate in the 2014 elections and beyond.
Al Qaeda and company were probably fighting from the town where the alleged gas attack occurred. Assad´s troops shelled the city and collateral damage happened to be the allegedly innocent citizens of the city. Isn´t that what happens in a civil war, or for that matter, any war?
The Smartest Kid In The Room and his Toadies have painted themselves into a corner, and now every slap they took at GWB is going to come back and bite them in the posterior
I don´t understand why everyone on both sides of the aisle are running around with their hair on fire, and wringing their hands over Chemical Weapons being used now. We had a chance to take Assad out when he killed the first Rebel/Protester with Conventional Weapons, and we let him slide. The body count using Conventional Weapons is in the multi-thousands by now and it doesn´t seemed to have bothered anyone.
Genocide is genocide. Killing is killing. What difference does it make what weapon Assad is using? Yes, I understand about the weapons falling into the "wrong hands," but who decides which hands are the wrong hands? 0bama? Does he make the decision? Because if it up to him, he hasn´t made a right decision yet --so at this stage of the game, What Difference Does It Make?
We´ve all been shown the satellite images of the convoys out of Iraq into Syria in the run up to the invasion. The speculation was that Saddam was shuffling the WMD to Syria; surely we know where those convoys eventually ended up. Surely we have way more recent satellite images of Syria. Surely we know where the Chemical Weapons are located. Don´t we pay thousands upon countless thousands of government employees to analyze just that kind of intelligence?
I just don´t understand why everyone is up in arms [no pun intended], but I´m thrilled to death to see the Mulatto Marxist and his Henchmen get exactly what they asked for.
# 10 You are incorrect. McCain has been criticizing Obama for months for ignoring the Syrian situation. Terrorists with WMD-gee, what could go wrong ? In fact, McCain today gave an interview today where he said that Obama gave Assad the green light to use chemical weapons. Assad has been using chemical weapons for the past year while Barry has been , giggling , golfing and playing Spades with Reggie. Syria and the Middle East is now spinning out of control , thanks to Barry´s failure as a leader.
Kerry actually seems engaged and is delivering stern words to someone other than a domestic political opponent.
Obama appears unsure of several things: How did he get in this situation What should he do short-term What should he do long-term Whom can he blame When can he get to the golf course or play cards with Reggie
This is not an easy situation or set of choices. IMO, it would take a good President to navigate through all this, and Obama is clearly not capable of doing so.
Tonight Hannity played a tape mix of Jon Fing Kerry in front of Congress in 1971 when he put down the American Vietnam War efforts. Then along side that tape, he payed Hanoi Jonboy Kerry´s speech about Syria and what was going on there. Seems Jonboy copied the same speech and just changed a few words to fit the current chaos in Syria. Maybe he was hoping he could get whoever bought Zippy´s Nobel Peace Prize... To buy him one. After all he wrote the citations saying he was wounded in Vietnam. (So he could throw those medals over the WH Fence ) BUT, no wounds were bad enough to be medically treated. just had Jon Fraud Kerry´;s word that they happened.
Syrians ain´t shooting at me or mine. Let them keep on killing one another. I don´t care. But I do fear more from the Democrat Party and what they can do to me and my family than any AQ or Taliban retard.
look at the photos of the gassed civiians. Theadult men are dressed pretty much alike big-plaid shirts, and all are lookingas ift hey have been ironed. the kids have new shoes and they are all similar. No one is dressed as a muslim, not even the women.the deceased kids are all the same size. The camera in some of the views seems to shudder and repeat the same image. The treatment is water on the eyes--for a neuro toxin??? that attacks nerves that are BENEATH the skin. Pepper spray gets one to coughing nad the eyes burn. The muslims have a lot invested in Obama. Even a phony gas attack drives Benghazi of the front pages and the investigation must be getting close even if the gas is real. Assad has F 15,16 war planes that I bet could sink a battleship.
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