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Obama seeking political cover
by asking for a Congressional vote
on Syria intervention

American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson

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Posted By:magnante, 8/31/2013 3:22:04 PM

Contradicting his own position of a couple of days ago that a timely response to Syria´s alleged chemical weapons use was important, President Obama today backed off and postponed any action until Congress reconvenes on September 9th, and has time to debate and vote on approving military action. At the same time, he maintains that he has the authority to act on his own (as he did in Libya). Syria is already crowing about a victory, and it must be admitted that Obama has lost face throughout the Middle East and the world

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 8/31/2013 3:27:06 PM     (No. 9500192)

Aha! Cameron shows the way: this is O´s get-out-of-jail-free card.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Hobbitmom, 8/31/2013 3:35:25 PM     (No. 9500202)

Can´t Benghazi Barry just eat his waffle?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bighambone, 8/31/2013 3:37:34 PM     (No. 9500206)

Well he certainly let his mouth overload his butt with his so-called Red Line. Now he is going to pass the buck to the US Congress when it comes back into session after September 9th, and if the Congress votes him down like what happened in London with the British Parliament, he will come back and change the subject blaming the Republicans. Will the Republicans allow him to get away with doing that?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: cgood, 8/31/2013 3:39:44 PM     (No. 9500208)

Lifson is correct This is a lose-lose situation for republicans. The only choice is to vote it down using Parliment´s reasoning: the people don´t want war. Of course the media will reframe the issue and republicans will be the bad guys. That´s okay because we just CANNOT take any action in a battle between two villains.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: cgood, 8/31/2013 3:42:07 PM     (No. 9500210)

Sheesh, dropped the ´a´. Parliament.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: jglas, 8/31/2013 3:45:09 PM     (No. 9500213)

Of course he´s trying to dodge responsibility. The question now is will the congress drink the Kool-Aid and take responsibility for a getting into a war between evil and eviler at the risk of it exploding into a full scale WW? If they listen to the people they won´t . . . but they don´t have much of a record for doing that.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: chance_232, 8/31/2013 3:59:53 PM     (No. 9500231)

I have no doubt that Congress will once again defy the will of the American people, by voting for something that a clear majority oppose.

We have no business intervening in Syria.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: enuf8, 8/31/2013 4:06:28 PM     (No. 9500242)

The whole world is Laughing at him----they can see what we see. Someone who should be wearing knickers instead of long pants.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: pearlyjo, 8/31/2013 4:39:49 PM     (No. 9500279)

If "national security" is his reasoning for a strike, then GOP call his hand on it. Put his intervention up for a vote along with securing our southern border, allowing the Keystone pipeline and all forms of drilling. Period. He said national security and these things will bring national security. It´s an all or nothing vote. Turn up the fire under those Dems while you´re at it.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 8/31/2013 4:41:46 PM     (No. 9500285)

I´m not sure it´s a lose for Republicans. Think how many Leftists in the House and Senate have a virulent anti-war constituency. The Leftists may vote him a big NO.


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Reply 11 - Posted by: Rivetjoint, 8/31/2013 4:54:21 PM     (No. 9500297)

I wonder if Obama remembers back to a simpler time in the Illinois legislature where he could simply vote ´present´. What a leader.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: sliver of truth, 8/31/2013 5:09:40 PM     (No. 9500306)

Lifson nails it. Pure politics.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 8/31/2013 5:26:47 PM     (No. 9500323)

What happens if the GOP all withhold their vote until the Dems have all pushed the yea or nay button?
That would put the liberals all in the red corner or hit the Obe twice as hard by a stunning no majority. If they all vote yea that too can be termed another lock step that could compromise national security.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: StuartL, 8/31/2013 5:47:27 PM     (No. 9500337)

#8 -- Knickers, hell. Diapers.

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