President Obama and his top aides began a full-scale political offensive on Sunday to persuade a skeptical Congress to approve a military strike against Syria, but faced a struggle to win over lawmakers from both parties and a war-weary American public. The President made calls to members of the House of Representatives and Senate, with more scheduled for Monday, underscoring the task confronting the administration before it can go ahead with using force in response to a deadly chemical attack blamed on the Syrian government. Dozens of lawmakers, some in tennis shirts or shirtsleeves, cut short their vacations and streamed
I don´t have any confidence in the Congress to do the right thing. We need to stay out of Syria with no strategic national interest at stake. Let Obama choke on his folly. Don´t give him cover. He created this mess
I wrote both my Senators and my Congressman yesterday and this is what I sent them: I am asking that you vote against any air strike on Syria. There is no good reason to become al-queda´s air force as someone else said. The war in Syria is between Islamic terrorists and the current authoritarian regime. How do you pick a side? Let Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt sort it out. We need to just stay out when Muslims are killing Muslims because both sides want to destroy us. I just don´t care about obama´s red line. He has no standing anywhere in the world any more. He has not made any case showing that what is going on in Syria is a threat to our national security.
I dare say, I would appreciate some information on what or who you are going to strike before you start WW3. Perhaps the 11 year old kid who sassed you, or Assad who irritates you, certainly not your brotherhood fans and cohorts. I don´t like surprises, and another thing will they strike back, and where. A little information for the possible recipient´s of incoming strikes.
These people are not stupid. Obama created this mess all by himself and now wants Congress to fall on their swords to provide him with political cover. We will gain nothing by lobbing a few missles into Syria - especially after Obama leaked, in much detail, what his plans were. Politically no one in Congress on either side of the aisle has anything to gain by helping him. I predict a No vote on this one.
Read in the Sunday Atlanta paper that my rep. is opposed to military action in Syria but my two senators are not (Chambliss and Isakson). Of course the nerve gas attack was horrible, but the US cannot rule, manage or run the whole world. I think Sarah Palin came up with the best comment about this situation - ´so we´re bombing Syria because Syria is bombing Syria´?
Please, call your senators and representatives and give them your opinion; they usually forget that they work for us, and we need to keep reminding them of that fact.
I believe that Obama has seriously miscalculated. He appears to believe that he can hold a "No" vote over the head of Republicans as a negative in the 2014 election. I just do not see any public support for an attack on Syria, and I do see significant opposition to one. I think if this was about Iran, the political calculus would be different.
Democrats truly believe that Republican voters are war mongers and will support U.S. military action anywhere in the world for any reason put forward (and will look negatively upon any politician who opposes such action).
Democrats, who have gotten elected by protesting every war we have been involved in, now are trying to get Republicans (and soon their liberal constituents) to agree that its a good idea to lob a string of fire crackers into a hornet´s nest. Are they still so enamored with "The One" that they will risk their seat of power?!
I wonder if anyone has checked with their supposed next in line for the presidency to see if they are excited about the ongoing conflict that they might inherit. Hillary? Joe? Any comment?
I won´t approve of such a strike until the government proves beyond a doubt that Assad is the one who launched those attacks . . . something I don´t think will happen since as Vlad the Bad points out he is winning and has no motive to use chemicals and make more enemies. I suspect the whole thing is an effort to help the MusBros rebels and I´ll be damned if I´ll approve of the US spending one dime let alone one life helping any of the Islamists (who seem to be doing a good job of killing each other without any help from us).
The pictures in this article should scare every US citizen who cares about this country. These are the idiots attempting to "lead" this country! Obama wants more power and he is asking congress to write him a "blank check". This is about giving the people in this picture "unadulterated Power". It is not about Syria.
It´s going to be interesting if the Pubs go with him and the Dems don´t.
I´m not sure he can twist himself into any more knots than he has, blaming everyone but himself, but he´ll find a way to pin it on the Pubs --and of course, those spineless fools will roll over and play dead.
As usual, Obama wants air strikes in Syria for purely political goals and absent any serious longer-term calculation or beneficial, non-political purpose.
For one example, if Obama backs the Islamic fundamentalists in Syria, any aid in weaponry or funding to them will be used to bolster Al Qaeda´s future attacks on American interests.
For a second example, what will Obama´s policy be if the Islamic fundamentalists start to shoot Iranian missiles into Israel?
This could easily spill over into neighboring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and more. Countries like Iran know that there is only a once every 30 or 40 years that the US elects a liberal, weak-kneed, incompetent boob like Obama or Carter, so they will be eager to take advantage.
Russia and China both have troops inside Syria and amassed on their borders for lightning fast deployment. It would take the US weeks and weeks to put boots on the ground there, and Russia in particular only hours.
Why risk all of these negative possible results for the dubious position of support the Islamic nuts in the first place? It´s a power keg set to explode, and Obama is lighting the fuse. What a lazy dolt.
How the curtsying bath house blo queen Ø´Blamer the perpetually innocent finds time to deal with these trivial passes´ (Syria and Benghazi) amaze us mere overtaxed and ever spied on subjects. One would think it( queen Ø´Blamer the perpetually innocent ) would be busy with it´s new closet babes j0n-j0n mc-cain and toy-boy c. christies. Are they not cute in their new stylish Blue Dresses, matching pumps and knee pads?
If Obama was smart he´d say we know Sarin was used in Syria, but we don´t know if Assad or the rebels actually used it. If he wanted,for face saving, he could still say his Red Line is in affect and would apply once we/he knows for sure who used Sarin.
Pssst-hey Obama. You are siding with Al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood. News flash: Al Qaeda killed way more Americans on 09/11/01 than the alleged Syria chemical attacks. It´s time to stop the charade and be for America for once, not muslim terrorists.
Message to GOP: Don´t take the bait. Stop playing politics, worrying what people will think. Vote against attacking Syria. Then when Obama attacks and the whole thing backfires, much like Libya and Egypt(hint hint), you can honestly say you weren´t in on it. Otherwise tell the UN or Saudi Arabia to fix the problem. An attack against Syria contradicts everything two-faced Obama did/said as a Senator when Bush was president.
Drudge linked to guy named Curl at the Wash. Times. It is a MUST READ. Explains just how shrewd and crafty O´Bummer really is, and why and how he hopes to win back the house 2014. Syria is part of a big plan.
As others have already stated, the desperation from the W.H. is about saving face, with no real concern for the lives taken, the huge expense we cannot afford, and the lack of a good reason to do it. I understand that, knowing Obama as we do, but where are our military brains and experienced leaders? Why no opposition from them? No counter balance? All I´ve heard are from a few retired military
Write or email your senator or rep, but don´t waste time being eloquent. Just state the issue and your opinion, yes or no. A friend worked in the office of a senator. She would read just enough to ID the issue, and pile the letter in a yes or no stack. The stacks were weighed, and the heavier stack "outweighed" the other stack, and the politician voted accordingly. Wordy, rambling letters were tossed.
I have yet to hear anyone spell out just what is to gained if we attack Syria. Just to say to Assad that we won´t tolerate the use of chemical weapons? That´s a laugh. And what are we going to do if or when someone else uses them? And what did we do to Saddam when he used them? So, put away you big mouth, live with you past statements, and quit waving the flag of war.
Of course it is a quagmire. But it is rich watching the neocons crawl all over themselves, as if their advice about Iraq in 2003 was somehow ´wisdom!´ I´m thinking about Bill Kristol, Bolton, Cheney. When I think of the foreign policy ´mastery´ which comes out of The Weekly Standard, which was an instrumental mouthpiece for the Bush administration, I see blunder piled upon blunder. They have never met a war that they didn´t like… Same goes for Charles Krauthammer and McCain.. Romney surrounded himself with neocons which is why the Americans said ´no thanks´ and kept zippy. Zippy would be wise to remember that.
" Emerging from a private briefing with President Obama at the White House on Monday, Sen. John McCain warned it would be “catastrophic” if Congress rejected a resolution authorizing Mr. Obama to take military action against Syria over its suspected use of chemical weapons.". This loon should have been kept locked up ; he has done more damage to our fellow countrymen than the NVA could ever have dreamed of ( they didn´t ). What on God´s green Earth inspired Arizonan´s to re-elect him ?.
obumbler and co and leftie media have spent years dividing the country and demeaning her and bringing her to her knees to bow before the world. The expects the GOP-the conservative flag wavers to follow his lead.
Let him write an executive order and hand it to the UN.
Since he has shown the killings caused by Libya and Egypt, destabilized Libya and Mali was taken over/the northern half and only saved by grace of the French who have a presence in Africa as does the Chicoms.
We therefore are asked to trust him and his when we know the rebels are infiltrated by al Qaeda or Hezbollah or Hamas or are those Assads murdering zealots.
IOW this is more complicated than Vietnam--their may be no good guys. The babies are of Arab blood like Assad. Out of the reach of the Taliban women torturers and child rapers.
This is sad for the world--take it to the UN and lay it on them squarely or disband them. Barry so loves them--send him and his teleprompter.
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