WASHINGTON— Members of Congress who attended a classified briefing Sunday remained highly skeptical of voting to approve a military strike on Syria, and said the administration would need to be more specific about the exact scope of the attacks in the coming days. Congress is not set to reconvene in Washington until Sept. 9th, but roughly 60-70 representatives and several senators came to D.C on Labor Day weekend to attend the briefing. The meeting came a day after President Barack Obama announced he would seek congressional authorization for the attacks. “I’m still very skeptical about the President’s proposal. It is not clear
All this preparation and shuffling of so called intelligence. Republicans were always lectured by liberals about relying on the UN in cases of attacks by foreign powers on each other.
Now we have a super leftist in the Oval office and if left alone he would have bombed Syria, because Syria was bombing the Muslim Brotherhood revolutionaries who were bombing civilians. I just don´t believe any so called evidence about Assad gassing his own people, because those making the charges are worse than Assad. Sending Long Face out there to spread your rumors isn´t the smartest thing to do. His past is rife with lies.
Granted there was a gas attack in Syria. Has this Administration proven that the attack was by Assad, I don´t see any evidence of that. This is the type of action that terrorists take when trying to gain support.
Will this Administration do the right thing, let me just say Benghazi, and that is only the tip of the iceberg. Stop lecturing us and go to the UN. Follow your own advice for once.
One more thing... get you foot off of that Historic desk, you foul mannered, spoiled example of the old axiom that power corrupts. We don´t trust you front man Kerry either.
It is VERY clear: President "Bush did it"," I vote present" etc. is setting Congress up so he will again be able, in his own mind at least, to shift blame. If Congress votes no, our noble President, who paid NO attention to Congress with his hundreds of recess appointments and regs in the past years and who earlier stated he does not NEED Congress to launch an attack, will say all his good intentions were blocked by that Body. If they vote yes and things go wrong, he will blame Congress for THAT. Meanwhile, a two day in and out with a few missiles accomplishes absolutely nothing beyond an attempt to shied Obama via his red line comment......and NOBODY believes it will. Israel will face retaliation if we bomb as well, but what the heck........it´s only Israel. What an absolute AMATEUR.
If Obama is really a "Christian", he should know that the first task of the rebels is to burn Christian Churches and murder as many Christians as they can. The world-wide persecution of Christians continues unabated but seriously aided by U.S. funding.
Remember when both Clintons, Pelosi, Reid, Kerry and many others made speeches about intelligence showing that Saddam had WMD´s? And remember when they conveniently forgot all about that intelligence when they decided to use Iraq to "get Bush"? Well, I´d say it´s about time we used their own tactics against the demoncrats.
This time zippy, unlike Bush, really is trying to go it alone. Plus, I don´t know why anyone would believe anything that this administration says. This is the perfect time for the Republicans to say to the dems and the WH, "You told the world that Bush lied about Saddam´s WMD´s, so why should WE believe YOU now? Get involved in Syria´s civil war? He!! no! Oh, and by the way, where exactly did Assad get his WMD´s"?
You know what they say about payback. It´s long past time for some serious payback.
Because of the feelings from their constituents, the members of Congress will not have qualms about voting this resolution down. The Republicans, for their part, would not mind having him dangling out there without support. This man is in a mess of trouble and Axelrod better have some good input to offer.
Right #1, Bamboozler is getting some good mileage out of the Syria debacle. The Syria news cycle will eclipse everything else such as all the scandals and his miserable failure in Egypt for at least as long as Congress is in recess and then some.
Correct #11, It´s highly suspect the lightweight administruation is all gun ho, just when their reign is hitting rock bottom. "We suck, lets´ go to war!". ha ha.
Kerry is certainly a programmed robot lately. Oh what a statesman he is! lol. A makin´ that case. After seeing him on the second run of Fox News Sunday at 140, I was laughing pretty hard. Red Bull energized perhaps? Too bad most of us would not buy a used car from him or walk across a cross walk with him sitting in a yielding car. Otherwise he is quite believable. /s off.
I still believe that Obama just loves this misdirection so that the multiple scandals are no longer in the news, much less in the headlines. He could care less about which Islamic group rules any Mid East Nation,as long as they are not under sectarian direction. Obviously many folks have forgotten his upbringing, where he was taught Colonialism is a bad thing and he wants the Muslims to be in charge in as many Countries as possible.
The Congress should not vote one way or the other on this. Obama said that if they vote ´no´, he still has the authority to call for a strike, and may do so. If he needs the authorization, then he is announcing in advance that he may ignore what the Congress says and violate the law. If he does not need the authorization, then why vote. Why should Congress let itself be used by Obama?
If obama says he "can strike in a day, a week, or a month" why did a big group of Congress cut their holiday short and show up for work on a Sunday? Something smells in Washington, over and above the usual.
Everything out of Pinnochio´s mouth is a lie, a half-truth or a CYA measure. This all smells of DESPERATION. The longer it drags out, the worse he looks. It works in our favor though because after the strike on Syria, WW3 will follow.
Since they are directly in the line of fire, I would ask Israel what they would do in this situation. They at least are closer to the situation and have probably the best intelligence apparatus there is. And no, I don´t support an attack of any kind. Ask yourself the question "Who will an attack benefit"? Is darn sure isn´t the US.
Obama huffed and puffed and made empty threats and now he´s crying Mommy and wants Congress to become the de facto Commanders in Chief. Some Syrians killed some other Syrians ( allegedly ) and now Obama wants Congress to order a missile strike to kill more Syrians. Do I have this right ? Obama wants to completely destabilize the Mideast based on hair samples collected by some Syrian EMTs . Obama has shamelessly shown more concern for the 1400 dead Syrians than he ever has for the 1,904 American flag draped coffins that have returned to Dover AFB since he was inaugurated. Children are routinely shot and murdered in Chicago and Barry shrugs. He traipsed around Africa with his wife and daughters and ignored the humanitarian disaster in Darfur. Barry has finally succeeded in uniting the world. Against him and his bizarre warmongering .
No sense my repeating what #7 already said. Well put. But, I would like to know who were the 60 to 70 members (aside from Leahy) who broke away from their August junkets to travel to D.C. and receive the briefing.
Since destabilizing Libya against the Israelis wishes-they had a non-aggression aide deal with Ghaddafi (how quickly the spelling of his name fades?) They also have an understanding with Syria so why do we want to help the rebels who pal around with al Qaeda and the Mussie Bros?
And the Saudis who keep us tied to their skirts with oil and some cooperation? We already removeed the Saddamn threat and they send in that goofball Iman who we no longer see on daily TV--the slums of Baghdad one? probably in the cabinet.
Let Russia secularize them. You cannot help people who will not help themselves which is a pity because the weak, the women and children take the brunt of it, but Harry S Truman made a precedent setting choice--American blood of the many million military people to fight a ground war or the aggressors blood even if civilian.
The Mussies attacked American and other countries people in world trade center with no care for civilian casualties. The world was just annoyed that we took it less than lightly. The ones who helped varied but valiant Poles then got shafted by the Prez.
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