Washington -- Speaking from the Rose Garden of the White House on Saturday, US President Barack Obama said that he has decided to take military action against Syria-- but that he would seek the approval of Congress to do so. "I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets," he said, adding a second decision: "I will seek authorization for the use of force from American representatives in Congress." (Snip) Military leaders, Obama said, gave him the assurance that attack preparations were not "time-sensitive," and could occur "today, tomorrow or next month."
It´s a ploy to combine hawks in the Dem and Rep parties so he can force through a big tax hike in the budget battle. That´s all it is. He could care less about Syrians dying or he´d have acted two years ago.
Not exactly a blitzkrieg, is it. It´s like Roosevelt and Eisenhower giving a heads-up to Hitler prior to D-Day.
But really, this is what I´m sure the WH considers a brilliant way to extricate General Barry Guderian from his predicament but not quite demonstrating his superlative leadership skills and decisiveness. Oy veh (sp.). Is this how post-modern warfare is to be waged?
After weeks of not consulting with Congress, and announcing the details of an attack, he now wants to consult Congress before enforcing the red lines he drew in the sand. His posturing followed by endless agonizing has been well noted by our enemies.
Another belly flop from our fearless leader, Zero. Not only is Zero destroying the country he is destroying the Presidency. It amazes me still that this incompetent fool is still fawned over by the liberal media. A pack of idiots.
I´ve drawn a Red Line on Syria, but it´s not really a Red Line, But if I ever draw another line on Syria it will be a Green Line. Congress will have to guess what color my lines are and to what they actually mean? But the truth of the matter is I really don´t know what Red Lines actually really mean. If I ever guess what a Red Line is I´ll be really amazed? But whatever the event or question here: It´s Bush´s fault and the evil Rpublicans???????????
What´s this about Obama seeking congressional approval? He´s shown no compunction in previous situations about disregarding the constitutional separation of powers. (case in point: He didn´t wait for the supreme court to exercise judicial review before he crossed authority divisions to unilaterally declare DOMA unconstitutional.)
Keep an eye on what his other hand is doing while we´re distracted by this move.
When this thing explodes into WWIII,the media will then say the war was started with a bipartisan agreement,leaving Obama off the hook. If they say no,they´ll blame tea party extremists in the House for blocking Obama from sending a message to Syria that he won´t tolerate WMD´s being used on people.Of course NK can have all the firing squads they want.
Please America, understand that the rest of world has no brief for the buffoon in the White House, nor his moronic side kicks at State. He can only hide behind the skirts of Congress for a way out - such magnificent leadership! Congress with its lower than ditchwater approval rating has nothing to lose by supporting we the people who sent them there in the first place. Syria is no place for any Americans to be. Congress-say NO and quit nourishing the military mongers in the Pentagon.
Dittos, #22. He´s leading from (his) behind again. He wants to pass off responsibility to Congress.
Just vote no. With the risk of a wider conflict and certainty of casualties - and no benefit to the US - just vote no. Conservatives should be prepared to "primary" any Republican who votes for this fiasco or who votes to fund Obamacare.
Time to give the Emperor the middle finger, and just vote no.
It is being reported that about 80% of the American people oppose military action in Syria. The liberals are swinging into action with their polls asking the unknowing questions like would they would support military action if it only lasted 48 hours and no Americans get hurt, in order to bring the 80% number down.
If 80% of the American people oppose military action in Syria, the Congress will probably vote down such military action. After that happens Obama will try to change the subject by blaming the Republicans.
If anyone had any doubts about Obama being driven by polls this should erase all doubt. The people don´t want him shooting from the hip and the polls reflected it. So like the gang leader who looks around and sees his gang is not standing behind him, he runs off.
I can´t wait to see the "hurried" hearings after Congress saunters back in from vacation.
We´ve all got to be concerned about getting through the next 3 years in one piece. Evidently Community Organizers aren´t very good at foreign policy.
When someone has figured out a way do what you want them to do (in this case NOT attack Syria) and still save face in the process, you give them positive reinforcement for their decision. Leave Obama alone.
On a thread several days ago I predicted this would happen because it would give Obama a more or less graceful exit. "I wanted to do it," he can now say, "but Congress wouldn´t let me. So I´m still a tough guy, more than those partisan and isolationist Republicans who obstruct every good thing I try to do." It´s hogwash, but I´m sure he´ll be saying some variation of that.
Perfect timing on the Labor Day weekend. While we are bbqing, Syria is continuing to move all of their valuable military stuff into Iraq. This will keep gas prices low for now, and the stock market stabilized and the Israeilis can put the gas masks away for a while too. Giving the Syrians at least another week till Congress can get back in session and get the matter to a vote. Nice. My bet is Congress will vote no, then he will decide to go ahead anyway.
Someone should point out why he has chosen to try to push this on Congress, when he actually already has the authority under the Constitution, when in many other circumstances he has usurped Congress in direct violation of the Constitution.
He has no problem behaving like a dictator on domestic issues. but when it comes to a military operation that may lead to war, he is hiding behind Congress when he already has authority, in hope that the blame will not be pinned on him.
Any congressional authorization should stipulate that they are only doing so because he requested it, and that he already had authority to act without them. Make it clear that he is the executive who is making the executive decision to kill people.
All that arrogant bluster from her spokesman then President Jarrett tells him to back off... ´´I thought we´d boost your sagging numbers with this Syria gambit. But it´s not working politically at all Barry and it´s getting worse. Thank goodness we had Kerry give the big speech. Anyway, we need to exercise the Congressional Approval option and get the hell out of Damascus. Who cares about that sand pile, anyway!? We´re reinventing a nation. This nation.´´
The main point is that al-Qaeda/Muslim Brotherhood has Sarin gas. So in all likelihood it was them that used it, not Assad who could only lose by doing this while al-Qaeda benefitted.
If Congress approves a Syrian War we will become the Muslim Brotherhood Air Force. They will take power and there will be an all-out Sunni versus Shiite war. The Christians will be exterminated. Just say no.
Let´s not forget that he also took a swipe at the U.N. in this speech. I´m no fan,(who is?)but he was blaming everybody for his inability to pull the trigger.
And for once, can we please get some Democrats on TV making the case for this, instead of the Republicans? It´s always Mccain, Graham and Peter King, never Pelosi, Reid, or even Boxer. It´s time for Repubs to step aside and let the Dems get in the hot seat.
What is the exit strategy? How does Obama define victory? Why is this war in the US national interest?
If Congress denies authorization for this war they will be doing Obama a great favor. Once Assad is defeated, which Turkey and Saudi Arabia can achieve on their own (together with the Muslim Brotherhood), there will be a long war between Sunni and Shiite in the entire Middle East. If we intervene openly we will be made responsible for the bloodbath. Like Colin Powell said, if you break it you own it.
Obama should also be required to ask permission from the United Nations so as to make sure we do not get involved. Obviously he realizes he made a mistake and wants to backpedal. He should stick to organizing communities for Food Stamps.
I am so impressed, that´s two decisions in one paragraph. Next he´ll say that it was a limited strike, in fact so limited that no-one noticed not even the Syrians. Seriously, I think his plan is to pi** off Syria only to the point they attack Israel.
Syria is not a place that we should be. While it is reprehensible and highly probable that the Syrian government has used chemical agents on their own population, it is also reprehensible that on the other side, the so-called rebels, there is a man who had himself filmed cutting open the chest of the soldier and eating his liver. There is no good side. We need to stay out of Syria. I have written both of my senators urging them to use their vote and their voice to keep us out of this mess. I urge all of you to do the same.
The former South African president died Thursday at age 95. Remember him through his uplifting and revolutionary words. 1. "A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination." 2. "Never, never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another. " 3. "There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." (Snip) 12. "It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person
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RUSH: Let me give you what is, I think, one of the most amazing things I ever heard Nelson Mandela say. We had fun with Mandela when he was in New York, when he came to New York and went to Yankees Stadium. But I´ll tell you, there are very few people that could have undergone what he went through and maintained any sense of dignity or optimism.(Snip) "Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies." Is that not great? And it´s great because it´s exactly right. Resentment doesn´t do anybody any good.
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Nelson Mandela was the most famous black man in history. He transcended race barriers to become an exemplar of human generosity of spirit. His towering personality made possible the peaceful transfer of power in South Africa from white minority to black majority rule. If he was less effective as president of his country than he had been as the symbol of resistance to apartheid, he demonstrated statesmanship unmatched in Africa. He inspired love as much as respect, and became regarded by hundreds of millions of people as a secular saint. More was asked of him, and sometimes claimed for him,
Former South African President Nelson Mandela has died at age 95 of complications from a recurring lung infection. The anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate was a beloved figure around the world, a symbol of reconciliation from a country with a brutal history of racism. Mandela was released from prison in 1990 after nearly 30 years for plotting to overthrow South Africa´s apartheid government. In 1994, in a historic election, he became the nation´s first black leader. Mandela stepped down in 1999 after a single term and retired from political and public life.
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7. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.” Via cbsnews.com 6. On Israel: “Israel should withdraw from all the areas which it won from the Arabs in 1967, and in particular Israel should withdraw completely from the Golan Heights, from south Lebanon and from the West Bank.” Via jweekly.com 5. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “All that (Mr. Bush) wants is Iraqi oil.” Via cbsnews.com 4. Mandela on Castro and the Cuban revolution: “From its earliest days, the Cuban Revolution has also been a
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