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Hill briefing: Uphill battle for Obama on Syria
Politico ^ | September 1,2013 | SEUNG MIN KIM, AUSTIN WRIGHT and JONATHAN ALLEN

Posted on 09/01/2013 2:31:13 PM PDT by Hojczyk

President Barack Obama faces a clear uphill battle in swaying skeptical lawmakers of the merits of military action in Syria, as top officials were dispatched to Capitol Hill Sunday to make the administration’s case.

For example, Senate Democratic aides are drafting new language for an authorization of military force in Syria, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said Sunday.

The administration’s proposal is too open-ended — a complaint many lawmakers have — Leahy said after leaving the classified briefing. The current version wouldn’t garner his support, but he indicated that a more tightly written draft might.

“I know it’s going to be amended in the Senate,” said Leahy, who is the longest-serving Democrat in the chamber.

Aides to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Foreign Relations Committee Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) are overseeing the revisions to the authorization of force measure, which seek to narrow the scope for any U.S. military mission in Syria, Democratic sources said.

It is unclear when the revised proposal will be released, or what reception it will get from the White House. Obama administration officials drafted their own resolution that was sent to Capitol Hill on Saturday without congressional input, and it was clear from the moment that it was unveiled that party leaders in both chambers would seek to change it.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; US: Nevada; US: New Jersey; US: Vermont; United Kingdom; War on Terror
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1 posted on 09/01/2013 2:31:13 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

“Leahy was a long-time critic of the Iraq War...”


2 posted on 09/01/2013 2:33:52 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Hojczyk

Clearly the plan is to blame Congress, one way or the other.

He simply will be a bystander

We have seen this movie in reruns for five years now...


3 posted on 09/01/2013 2:34:16 PM PDT by DanielRedfoot (Creepy Ass Cracker)
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To: Hojczyk

They’re going to wheel and deal and craft and reword until they can pass something, anything, and then bombs away. God help us all.


4 posted on 09/01/2013 2:35:48 PM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Hojczyk

They’re going to wheel and deal and craft and reword until they can pass something, anything, and then bombs away. God help us all.


5 posted on 09/01/2013 2:35:49 PM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Genoa

I swear I only hit post once.


6 posted on 09/01/2013 2:36:26 PM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Hojczyk

Why should the USA be the Air Force of Saudi Arabia
and al Qaeda?


7 posted on 09/01/2013 2:36:27 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Hojczyk

Obama administration officials drafted their own resolution that was sent to Capitol Hill on Saturday without congressional input, and it was clear from the moment that it was unveiled that party leaders in both chambers would seek to change it.

Who cares what the polis thinks?
Be interesting to see what Obama’s resolution says.
No “day of infamy” I’m sure.


8 posted on 09/01/2013 2:37:23 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: DanielRedfoot
Clearly the plan is to blame Congress, one way or the other.

He plans to blame Congress for not involving us in a fight where Michael Myers is duking it out with Leatherface? I say go ahead.

9 posted on 09/01/2013 2:38:42 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: Genoa

Oh suuuuure...

:^)


10 posted on 09/01/2013 2:44:30 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (This post coming to you today, from behind the Camelskin Curtain. Not the Iron or Bamboo Curtain...)
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To: Hojczyk

Another rope a dope strategy which the GOP will fall for.


11 posted on 09/01/2013 2:46:14 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Hojczyk

Any Congressman voting for a “limited strike” on Syria is essentially voting a declaration of war. The firing of cruise missiles and bombing a foreign country for any reason is an act of war. It very well may ignite a much wider and bloodier conflict. The United States cannot then simply walk away and claim to be an innocent bystander. Any member of Congress who votes to authorize must be held accountable.


12 posted on 09/01/2013 2:47:29 PM PDT by allendale
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To: Hojczyk

The content of the resolution matters little.
0bama has the shite Midas touch.

0bama will ensure failure of the military operation.
The killing (??) of Bin Hidin succeeded only because Barry was left out of the loop


13 posted on 09/01/2013 2:47:57 PM PDT by Steven Tyler
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To: DanielRedfoot

Yep. It is now clear this issue has turned from punishing Assad, to saving face for Obama and America’s image around the world.
Face saving is NO reason to exercise American Military Power.

And BTW, who gets to say it’s a limited strike?
What if Syria and Russia decide to exercise a limited strike back on us?
It does not become limited then. It becomes WW 3 and Dr. Strangelove
all over again.

Stop the insanity. Let Allah sort it out.


14 posted on 09/01/2013 2:48:20 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: Genoa

They will have to pass it to find out what’s in it


15 posted on 09/01/2013 2:49:03 PM PDT by Steven Tyler
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To: allendale

Exactly, once you launch that first missile, events are beyond your control. It won’t be our call as to whether or not the war will be “limited.”

Vietnam started out as a “limited war”. Next thing you know, 50000+ Americans were dead.


16 posted on 09/01/2013 2:49:06 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: DanielRedfoot
No money to keep the White House open to citizens, plenty of money for military strikes in support of AQ, golfing and vacations for the Obamas. Is that the case?
17 posted on 09/01/2013 2:49:26 PM PDT by ricmc2175
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To: Paladin2

It’s the easy way out for Obongo. He reflexively ran to the defense of his Brotherhood friends and shot his mouth off about “crossing the line.”

Then reality set in, by way of Russia, China, Iran and Israel.

Suddenly things got a lot more complicated. A clean litle cruise missle/drone operation wasn’t going to be all that clean.

O’bigears was learning on the job again...”Oops...you mean if I hit Assad then it might spread to a bigger conflict with Russia, China and so on and so on.”

“That could mess with my tee times. Let’s consult with Congress”

Commie Staffer, “But Boss, We never do that!”

“I know, but then I can blame them either way it goes.”

Commie Staffer, “But Boss, What about your statement about crossing the line. If we don’t act, no one will take us seriously. We loose credibility as a world leader.”

BO, “Ain’t it nice how things work themselves out!”


18 posted on 09/01/2013 2:49:47 PM PDT by Awgie (truth is always stranger than fiction)
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To: allendale

I emailed my three Congress-critters. Only takes a minute or two online.


19 posted on 09/01/2013 2:49:56 PM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: tet68

Kinda of like every Budget 0bama sent to Congress


20 posted on 09/01/2013 2:49:58 PM PDT by Steven Tyler
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To: Hojczyk

If anything should be, this should be the proverbial “snowball’s chance in hell.”


21 posted on 09/01/2013 2:52:16 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (This post coming to you today, from behind the Camelskin Curtain. Not the Iron or Bamboo Curtain...)
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To: DanielRedfoot

Last week he was saber rattling threatening to attack Syria on his own without Congressional approval and now he is backtracking putting the onus of war on Congress.

His actions are not one of a president, but of a politician seeking to place our country and his political opponents in a corner.


22 posted on 09/01/2013 2:52:45 PM PDT by Oliviaforever
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To: All
Obama's got no NATO support, no US support, no Arab League
support (for military action), no big powers support,
and little or no support from the non-worshipful-citizen types.

BTW, Valerie just issued the "Obama Doctrine:"
the bombing mission must be vital to protect O's image.
Any resulting damage, mitigated by war profiteering, is an
acceptable trade-off.

================================================

BACKGROUND MUSIC---"That Old Black Magic Has Me In Its Spell"

" This'll get done fast---I gotta get back to golf."

"A few measly bombs will pump-up all of our resumes,
especially Benghazi screw-ups Susan Rice, candidate Hillary...
and that pontificating jerk, Kerry. "

"And at $50 billion per day for the incursion, we all get to pocket a
few hundred million. Valerie just checked my offshore holdings---
war-profiteering is big bucks. Just ask the 'bombs-away neocons.' "

"Besides, Michelle's been nagging me for new diamonds and a pricey Vineyard house."

23 posted on 09/01/2013 2:54:06 PM PDT by Liz
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To: Hojczyk

I’m glad that 0bama backed down from unilaterally attacking Syria.

...of course, now that 0bama has backed down, even a Democratic Senate is unlikely to step up to the war plate.

Probably for the best, too. A nerve gas cloud killing tens of thousands of Damascus civilians would be a black eye for the U.S. if it was our bombs that unleashed the cloud from the blown up WMDs.


24 posted on 09/01/2013 2:54:33 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Awgie
We need to bring in Ricky Roma from Glengarry Glen Ross to give Obama a little talk....

“You wanna learn the first rule? You’d know it if you’d ever spent a day in your life. You never open your mouth, ’til you know what the shot is… you f'ing child.”

25 posted on 09/01/2013 2:55:11 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Steven Tyler

LOL.
Obama gave congress a blank resolution for congress to write.

What a joke.


26 posted on 09/01/2013 3:03:47 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: Hojczyk

It’s scary when you have an old nothing like Pat Leahy deciding what to do in Syria.

He will suck on Obama’s butt till the skin falls off.


27 posted on 09/01/2013 3:23:37 PM PDT by Venturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)
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To: Hojczyk


28 posted on 09/01/2013 3:31:15 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: Awgie

“It’s the easy way out for Obongo. He reflexively ran to the defense of his Brotherhood friends and shot his mouth off about ‘crossing the line.’
Then reality set in, by way of Russia, China, Iran and Israel.”

Another important take on this and doesn’t disqualify your astute observations is: “I’m losing the driver’s seat on the Benghazi and NSA spying stories. This could be serious/ I’ll just need to start a war and risk all of the above because it could be my neck if I keep losing the story line on the other atrocities of mine. Watch how both sides of the isle and both House and Senate take my bait on Syria and change the headlines to Syria and lose site of the other stories. That should work; here goes!


29 posted on 09/01/2013 3:33:23 PM PDT by Repent and Believe (Promote good. Tolerate the harmless. Let evil be crushed.)
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To: allendale

Any member of Congress who votes to authorize must be held accountable.”

IMO any member of Congress who votes to authorize should immediately be outfitted with a pair of boots, set of fatigues, a 70 pound back pack and be forced to parachute into Syria. Since so many of them think women and gays in the military are so wonderful they should be led into battle by Pelosi, Graham, McCain’s daughter and Bohner’s daughters.


30 posted on 09/01/2013 3:37:54 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: dfwgator

Very true Gator!


31 posted on 09/01/2013 3:53:48 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: allendale

Just remember, Pearl Harbor was meant to be a “limited strike”.


32 posted on 09/01/2013 3:54:59 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Grams A

And Bonehead’s new “Jamician son n law”


33 posted on 09/01/2013 3:56:13 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: tennmountainman

I would be banned for life if I expressed my opinion on his daughter and the new son-in-law.


34 posted on 09/01/2013 4:02:40 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Grams A

LOL.


35 posted on 09/01/2013 4:05:42 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: dfwgator

Exactly! And there were no “boots on the ground” then either.


36 posted on 09/01/2013 4:10:40 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

Yeah, but that sure was some “blowback”, wasn’t it?


37 posted on 09/01/2013 4:12:10 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Hojczyk

As a usually astute freeper point out, IRS-Benghazi-NSA...all off the front page.


38 posted on 09/01/2013 4:22:32 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Hojczyk

Well you have to look at what his administration said in March 2011 when sec of state Clinton stated that Assad was a reformer. Is she ready to be the President in 2016? I think not.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/hillary-clintons-uncredible-statement-on-syria/2011/04/01/AFWPEYaC_blog.htmlMarch

Kerry is also quoted in the article.


39 posted on 09/01/2013 7:11:52 PM PDT by ncfool (Obama's aMeriKa 2012 The land of entitlement for the 51% crowd.)
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