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.
Christmas miracle or sickly sweet PR stunt? Either way, it´s unlikely these WestJet passengers care after they had their wildest holiday wishes granted during a flight across Canada. Travelers pitching up at Toronto Pearson and John C. Munro Hamilton International Airports for flights to Calgary were surprised when a virtual Santa Claus asked what they wanted for Christmas. A promo video sees a variety of passengers telling Father Christmas their dream gift.With their wishes made, the footage shows them merrily taking their place on the aircrafts.
Sen. Lamar Alexander’s chief of staff, Ryan Loskarn, is under investigation for child pornography. The Republican Senator from Tennessee revealed Wednesday that law enforcement officers are searching Loskarn´s private residence. “I am stunned, surprised and disappointed by what I have learned,” the Senator said. Alexander, 73, made the announcement on Wednesday, indicating he "was just informed by the United States Senate legal counsel’s office" of the search. The staffer has been placed on administrative leave without pay.
RENO, Nevada- A couple and four young children missing in frigid weather since they went on an outing to play in the snow on Sunday were found alive in a remote mountain range in Nevada on Tuesday huddled in their overturned vehicle, a sheriff´s dispatch supervisor said. The couple had taken their two children and the woman´s niece and nephew, who range in age from 3 to 10, to an abandoned mining camp in the Seven Troughs range of northwestern Nevada, Pershing County dispatch supervisor Sheila Reitz said. The six were found in good condition and were treated for exposure
The troubled son of a church pastor who is a spiritual advisor to Barack Obama has died in an apparent suicide. Father-of-three Isaac Hunter, 36, had been battling problems since resigning from a Florida megachurch he founded after admitting to an affair with a staff member last year. A judge also granted his wife a domestic-violence petition after claiming his erratic behavior and alcohol abuse had left her ´fearing for my life and the lives of our three children.´ According to court documents, Hunter had written an undated suicide note saying: ´I have become what I never wished to be,
A federal judge said General Motors Co is not required to pay $450 million to cover medical benefits for retirees, in a defeat for the United Auto Workers union. In a 36-page decision, U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn in Detroit said on Tuesday that the current GM did not assume any obligation for the payment, which the automaker had contracted to make two years before its June 2009 bankruptcy filing. The payment had been part of a June 2007 contract between the old GM, its former Delphi Corp affiliate and the UAW. It was not, however, included in a different
MOSCOW— A Russian Cabinet member says Moscow has reserved the right to use nuclear weapons in response to a conventional strike. Wednesday´s comments by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin carried by Russian news agencies reflected Moscow´s concern with prospective U.S. weapons. Weapons that have been developed in the U.S. under the so-called "prompt global strike" program would be capable of striking targets anywhere in the world in as little as an hour with deadly precision. Russia, which has lagged far behind in developing such weapons, has described them as destabilizing. Without naming the U.S., Rogozin said that those who "experiment
Pleasantly surprised and a bit shocked, I enjoyed religious Christmas carols playing in the elevator of a major hotel. Progressive bullies are relentless in their quest to repeal the celebration of Jesus´s birthday, Christmas, declared a federal holiday in 1870 by President Ulysses S. Grant. Illustrating the effectiveness of the progressives´ intimidation, anonymously, signs are being stealthily posted in public areas: "It´s OK to say Merry Christmas." The progressives´ assault on Christmas leads me to MSNBC-TV host Martin Bashir´s degrading and disgusting punishment suggested for Sarah Palin (i.e., that someone defecate in her mouth). While watching the deplorable MSNBC segment,
WASHINGTON, December 11, 2013–The fourth season of “Duck Dynasty” has already ended. But rejoice! We will get one more dose of the Robertson clan tonight when their Christmas special airs at 10 p.m. on A&E. This Christmas episode, cleverly titled “O Little Town of West Monroe,” will feature the camo clan performing a live Nativity scene for their local church. There will also be a lot of discussions among famkly members about choosing the right Christmas presents for each other. But for a family worth 83 million dollars, you can bet those presents will be piled high under their various
FALFURRIAS, TX — U.S. Border Patrol agents seized more than 2,200 pounds of marijuana Monday at the Falfurrias Checkpoint on U.S. Highway 281 North. During an inspection at the checkpoint, a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the presence of narcotics in a tractor-trailer. Agents used a mobile X-ray device to scan the vehicle, which revealed the marijuana hidden inside crates. When the agents opened the crates they found concrete benches and bundles of marijuana. The marijuana, which has an estimated value of more than $1.7 million, was seized
A tense exchange erupted during a congressional hearing into the problems associated the Affordable Care Act’s online insurance exchanges. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) probed Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius over whether the ACA’s payment and enrollment systems are functioning, given reports which indicate they are not. He let out a heavy sigh when Sebelius insisted that “The [Federally-Facilitated Marketplace] hub has worked beautifully from start to finish.” Burgess quizzed Sebelius about a private accountability report she commissioned six months prior to the website’s launch which indicated that the ACA exchanges website was going to experience a number of
Nicolle Wallace played the quintessential DC insider on today´s Morning Joe, proclaiming herself a "groupie" of both conservative Senator Tom Coburn and liberal partisan David Axelrod, while also saying she was "inspired" by Paul Ryan´s leadership in forging a budget compromise deal. But the Sooner senator wasn´t letting the inside-the-Beltway bonhomie blunt his criticism, saying the budget deal "sells out" what needs to be done, and gives up "core values." View the video after the jump.I´ll be back with the transcript. Note: Axelrod arguably had the best line. When Wallace said he was smiling because of the internal GOP rift
Pope Francis has been named 2013 Person of the Year by Time magazine - edging out NSA whistleblower and fugitive Edward Snowden into second place. Pope Francis, 76, who was elected in March to lead the world´s 1.2 billion Catholics, was announced as the winner this morning by Time magazine editor Nancy Gibbs on the Today show - no doubt bringing a sigh of relief to those who feared that singer Miley Cyrus of twerking infamy could be propelled to first place by a swell of internet votes. The other five final contenders in the running for the prestigious honor
When I was a kid, I knew two different Santa Clauses. The first had a fat belly, rosy cheeks, a long white beard, and skin as pink as bubble gum. He was omnipresent, visiting my pre-school and the local mall, visible in all of my favorite Christmas specials. Then there was the Santa in my family’s household, in the form of ornaments, cards, and holiday figurines. A near-carbon copy of the first one—big belly, rosy cheeks, long white beard: check, check, check. But his skin was as dark as mine. Seeing two different Santas was bewildering. Eventually I asked my father what
US President Barack Obama may have moved the masses attending Nelson Mandela’s memorial service with his stirring eulogy, but it was his grinning "selfie" with the Danish and British premiers that set social networks abuzz. In a candid moment captured by a photographer, Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt can be seen holding up her smartphone, with Obama lending a helping hand, as they pose for a picture with David Cameron, all three of them smiling broadly in their seats at Soweto’s World Cup stadium.(Snip)Mashable, the news and technology website, ran the photograph under the headline: ‘‘Dear Obama: Funerals are no place
On his way to the podium at the memorial ceremony for former South African president Nelson Mandela, President Obama walked down the line of dignitaries, greeting other leaders there to pay their respects. Among the hands shaken: that of Cuban leader Raul Castro. Obama neither made a special effort to shake Castro’s hand nor to avoid him. A snub might have been awkward: In his speech, Obama praised Mandela’s “greatest gift” as “his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that can be invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by
The Obama State Department has finally released a second round of photos revealing the harrowing devastation wrought by a terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. The new photographs depict rampant damage to the consulate. They show charred walls, smoldering fires, Arabic graffiti defacing exterior walls, and scattered debris throughout. The extent of the damage would lead any reasonably serious person to conclude that this was a cold, calculated attack, carefully coordinated to mark the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. Unfortunately for the American people, the Obama-Clinton-Rice cabal that led to the Benghazi cover-up was
Johannesburg - A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela´s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake," the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Tuesday. Asked about the claim by The Associated Press, South Africa´s government said it was preparing a statement. Three sign language experts said the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages. South African sign language covers all of the country´s 11 official languages, according to the federation. It wasn´t immediately clear if the unidentified man was using a
A black fashion student says he was brutally attacked by a gang of Hasidic men who shouted anti-gay slurs at him while he was walking through Williamsburg after a night of partying, the Daily News has learned. Taj Patterson, 22, was headed home to Fort Greene around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 when he says more than a dozen ultra-Orthodox Jewish men began assaulting him on Flushing Ave. and yelling, “Stay down, f----t!”
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) snapped at conservative groups that have come out in opposition to the budget deal reached Wednesday between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). "They´re using the American people for their own purposes. This is ridiculous," Boehner said at a press conference with other members of House Republican leadership on Wednesday. Over the past few days, a number of conservative groups have blasted the deal because it sets discretionary spending levels in the budget higher than previous levels under sequestration. In the past three days, the influential Heritage Action, Club for Growth, Americans
A “presidential selfie” featuring President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service began making the rounds this morning, but it’s the person not included in the frame who caught everyone’s attention: As anyone with two eyes and a Twitter account has noticed, Michelle Obama does not appear amused. Of course, though a picture says a thousand words, not all of those words are necessarily true. FLOTUS might not have even known the photo was taking place. Or she could disapprove of funeral selfies. Either way.
Barack Obama has arrived in South Africa to lead the American delegation at a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. But his party is reportedly stuck in traffic and he is said to have arrived late at the stadium for the ceremony. [Snip] But Mr Clinton, Mr Carter and his wife Rosalynn have all traveled separately to the event. According to reports, Mr Obama and his delegation are stuck in a lines of traffic caused by tens of thousands of people making their way to the event. Mr Obama is among the foreign leaders who
Looks like this president can’t get away with flirting in front of his wife… It appears that first lady Michelle Obama was none too pleased with the way that President Barack Obama was acting toward Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during a ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela, and before too long, they switched seats. This lmao! Michelle Obama vs Prime Minister of Denmark at Mandela´s ceremony. pic.twitter.com/Rq4uF9fTaZ — Stun (@TheBlogPirate) December 10, 2013
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The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela´s memorial yesterday "made up his own signs," according to South Africa´s deaf federation. "He´s a complete fraud," Cara Loening, director of Sign Language Education and Development in Cape Town, said according to ITV News. "He wasn´t even doing anything, There was not one sign there. Nothing. He was literally flapping his arms around." Delphin Hlungwane, an official South African sign language interpreter at DeafSA, told Reuters: