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At the Last Minute, Obama Alone Made Call to Seek Congressional Approval
WSJ ^ | 9/1/2013 | ADAM ENTOUS and CAROL E. LEE

Posted on 09/01/2013 4:08:30 PM PDT by mojito

After a 45-minute walk Friday night, President Barack Obama made a fateful decision that none of his top national security advisers saw coming: To seek congressional authorization before taking military action in Syria.

The stunning about-face after a week of U.S. saber rattling risked not only igniting a protracted congressional fight, which could end with a vote against strikes, but a backlash from allies in the Middle East who had warned the White House that inaction would embolden not only Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but his closest allies, Iran and Hezbollah.

Aides said the decision was made by Mr. Obama and Mr. Obama alone.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; Russia; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: allaboutobama; denismcdonough; generaldempsey; israel; obama; russia; syria; unitedkingdom; waronterror
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1 posted on 09/01/2013 4:08:30 PM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito

Probably because Boner just told him he could deliver the votes.


2 posted on 09/01/2013 4:09:27 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: mojito
Aides said the decision was made by Mr. Obama and Mr. Obama alone.

BS, Obama's aides figured out it wasn't going as planned so they came up with a scam for him to take it up with congress while spinning it to make his failure look good.
3 posted on 09/01/2013 4:11:18 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: mojito

A 45 minute walk with no golf clubs and twinky pals in tow?


4 posted on 09/01/2013 4:11:45 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: dfwgator

“Sorry fellas there will be no strike. Valerie says no. Dump this mess on Congress and just blame the Republicans. Time to play golf. Joe get the bags.”


5 posted on 09/01/2013 4:12:48 PM PDT by allendale
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To: mojito

Like anyone believes or gives a smelly Obama about any excrement emanating from the Cretin House.


6 posted on 09/01/2013 4:12:49 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: dfwgator

House leader Boehner better get out in front in opposing Obama’s approval to attack Syria!!! Let Obama and his Obamabots go to Syria where he can get rid of Assad and join his beloved Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda whom he loves dearly!!! Better yet...Impeach this anti-American incompetent!!! Boehner...you and your weak sister, cohort...Mitch McConnell better grow a back and spine overnight!!!


7 posted on 09/01/2013 4:14:04 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is to defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: mojito

Soetoro doesn’t wipe his ass without someone telling him to do it. He does nothing on his own. Except coke and Reggie Love..


8 posted on 09/01/2013 4:14:33 PM PDT by cardinal4 (The GOP, the ultimate battered wife? Or willing co-conspirators?)
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To: mojito

No.

This decision had been made for him by our founding fathers when they drafted The Constitution of The United States of America.


9 posted on 09/01/2013 4:14:38 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: dfwgator

Not sure I don’t want to Embolden Assad.

I don’t have any use for his allies Iran or Hezbollah, but I damned sure don’t have any use for Al Qaeda which is running the war for the rebels.

IMO the rebels started the war and then it was taken over by Al Qaeda who will make the rebels wish they had never started it after they are done.

Assad has allowed Christians live in comparative peace in Syria. Especially comparative to what Al Qaeda will allow.
As a Christian I have an affinity for other Christians and none for Muslims. IMO we should be arming the Christians.


10 posted on 09/01/2013 4:14:58 PM PDT by Venturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)
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To: dfwgator

I can just see Zero wringing his hands and crying what will I do, what will I do, having backed his incompetent A** into a corner. Just then the light bulb goes on over his head as he realizes he can dump the responsibility for his incompetence on the Republican Congress and Boner will cover his A** again.


11 posted on 09/01/2013 4:15:16 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

Don’t count on it.


12 posted on 09/01/2013 4:15:40 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: mojito
Aides said the decision was made by Mr. Obama and Mr. Obama alone.

Let's put him on Mount Rushmore!

13 posted on 09/01/2013 4:16:16 PM PDT by USS Johnston (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. ~ Edmund Burke)
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To: mojito
The stunning about-face after a week of U.S. saber rattling...

Soetoro isn't rattling his saber, he's polishing his sword.

The man is all about self-gratification.

14 posted on 09/01/2013 4:16:27 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: mojito

Congress will vote yes.

Prepare yourselves. We will have to get behind the troops once the order is given and hope for the best.


15 posted on 09/01/2013 4:16:38 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn...)
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To: mojito

And he was in the middle of his back swing when he did it. The man is a multi-tasking monster. Destroying America, Northern Africa and the Middle east without ever breaking stride.


16 posted on 09/01/2013 4:17:13 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: mojito

Hey, y’all congresscritters, these are the subhumans you are going to support with the taxpayer’s money.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfHSPLW63Gg


17 posted on 09/01/2013 4:17:53 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: allendale

ROFL. I’m just imagining him saying that in his own voice too.


18 posted on 09/01/2013 4:19:04 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2016)
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To: mojito

And after he passed the buck to Congress, Dear Leader left for the golf course.


19 posted on 09/01/2013 4:20:30 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: mojito

I call “B.S.” on the WSJ.

Obama is unlikely to have made ANY decisions of import during his 5 years as front man for whatever organization is running him.

Heck - he probably does not even know what his speaches will say until he steps in front of the teleprompter and starts reading.


20 posted on 09/01/2013 4:20:33 PM PDT by Ancient Wonderboy
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To: mojito
the decision was made by Mr. Obama and Mr. Obama alone

Bull Puckey...unless it comes from Axelrod or Jarrett, it ain't happening. The empty suit does nothing on his own.

21 posted on 09/01/2013 4:22:05 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Carlos Danger for mayor....NYC deserves him)
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To: cripplecreek

Oh, what a decisive _resident we have. Oui...


22 posted on 09/01/2013 4:23:28 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: mojito
Relief in Damascus, as Syrians mock Obama the 'coward' AFP 9/1/2013 8:18:57 PM

He who talks a lot doesn't act," said Souad, a Damascus resident, mocking US President Barack Obama as a "coward" for delaying a decision to attack the Syrian regime.

"Obama is a coward. He didn't strike because he knows that our President Bashar (al-Assad) is all-powerful," said the employee of nationality electricity firm Ferdaws, in the northeast of the capital.

In the wealthy neighbourhood people went about their business without seeming too worried about the thuds from intermittent shelling of rebel positions outside the city centre.

A similarly calm atmosphere prevailed at one of the area's traditional, men-only cafes, where some customers appeared more interested in winning at backgammon than by Obama's speech.

"He was like an actor taking part in a play being shown to the American people," staunch government supporter Hassan Azzam, 73, said of Obama.

Via: http://www.breitbart.com/system/wire/CNG---5a80d0d118478c659056d223eda892ac---201

5/31/13 MOSCOW — Russia's MiG aircraft maker said Friday it plans to sign a new agreement to ship at least 10 fighter jets to Syria, a move that comes amid international criticism of earlier Russian weapons deals with Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.

23 posted on 09/01/2013 4:24:43 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Geez, even the Syrians can figure out this guy.


24 posted on 09/01/2013 4:25:33 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: mojito

Yeah right. He saw his idea going down the tubes after Britain told him to pound sand. His advisers are trying to manage the damage.

Pray for America to Wake Up


25 posted on 09/01/2013 4:25:33 PM PDT by bray (Coming soon: The Republic of Texas 2022)
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To: Mastador1
"I can just see Zero wringing his hands and crying what will I do, what will I do, "
26 posted on 09/01/2013 4:27:01 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: mojito
After a 45-minute walk Friday night...

In other words, a round of strip poker with his Reggie Love and their two white friends.

27 posted on 09/01/2013 4:27:27 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: mojito

Since Obama is going to pass this off to Congress, I do believe there is a faint whiff of the coming election. Few in Congress wants to do anything which leaves Obama out on a limb since he drew the line in the sand and precious few Americans want to do anything either. Our military under Obama has been decimated, quietly removing funding for all Navy included....HLS has most of small arms ammunition stashed somewhere; we still don’t know who the rebels fighting Assad are, however we do know Hamas, Hezbollah, AL-Qaeda, and other terrorist organizations are all fighting each other....and we want to what? The IRS, NSA, new EOs on gun control....these things are not being addressed as Obama shifts from one foot to another keeping the scandals off the front page.


28 posted on 09/01/2013 4:28:12 PM PDT by yoe ("They Come To America" order it now: http://www.theycometoamerica.com/buy-dvd/)
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To: DoughtyOne

Just as he did when a ‘sinator’ in Illinois, little barry bastard boy is voting/playing present rather than making a decision, shifting everything off of himself onto someone else. He is the epitome of a shiftless slug. Only to save his sh!teating grin face would he murder a few Syrians using our military as his hitmen. The republicants are showing why we should vote them out in 2014, because they are feckless against a lying fraud, and illicit ruler.


29 posted on 09/01/2013 4:28:22 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: mojito
Aides said the decision was made by Mr. Obama and Mr. Obama alone.

That's the biggest howler of the year. It truly is. Obastard can't decide, on his own, which foot to defile the Resolute Desk with.

30 posted on 09/01/2013 4:30:26 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Uncle Miltie: Obama poisoned race relations for a generation. Everything is racial now.)
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To: dfwgator

Russia sends warships to Syria

By Christopher Szabo
Aug 30, 2013 in World

Moscow - Russia is sending two warships to the eastern Mediterranean, which includes Syria’s coast, including a large anti-submarine ship and a powerful missile cruiser in the “coming days.”

Reuters reports Moscow as saying the move is a routine one, but the fact that the missile cruiser RFS Moskva was in the Atlantic and has been deployed to the Mediterranean makes it appear more likely that the move is aimed at countering similar moves by Western navies.

Reuters quoted a Russian source saying:

“”The well-known situation now in the eastern Mediterranean required us to make some adjustments to the naval force.”

Another Reuters report quoted defence experts saying the two ships in question could give the Assad regime — supported in many ways by Russia — early warning of cruise missile launches, especially if launched from submarines or the newly-arriving ships could jam radars or navigation systems of Western ships.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/357357#ixzz2dgeLc8f0


31 posted on 09/01/2013 4:32:23 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: SaxxonWoods
Prepare yourselves. We will have to get behind the troops once the order is given and hope for the best.

My support will come in the form of protest because backing Al Qeada is utterly treasonous and our soldiers should not be forced into it.
32 posted on 09/01/2013 4:32:24 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Exactly. Most likey Valery Jarette.


33 posted on 09/01/2013 4:35:19 PM PDT by matt04
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To: MHGinTN

I agree with that.


34 posted on 09/01/2013 4:36:15 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: mojito
"ValJar Aides said the decision was made by (my puppet) Mr. Obama and Mr. Obama alone."
35 posted on 09/01/2013 4:36:57 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: mojito
Yeah right. Here is how it really happened.

After a 45 minute smoke break, as Obama walks back inside, he decides to wipe his feet on the doormat. The doormat just happens to be our Constitution. While he is wiping his feet, he accidentally looks down. As he does so, he sees that in the only spot with visible writing, it shows the part of the Constitution, where he has to get approval from Congress.

That is why it was made at the last second.

36 posted on 09/01/2013 4:37:22 PM PDT by Ez2BRepub
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To: SaxxonWoods

Nobody knows how they will vote. Kerry seems to think so,
But wishful thinking does not make it true

His proposal includes unlimited war powers, which is more than the
Previous discussion of a few airstrikes.

This is why i believe he is going to congress. Because hes going all
In and knows the strikes are not enough.


37 posted on 09/01/2013 4:37:54 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: 353FMG
Did Barry Abdicate his position...."In his remarks from the White House Rose Garden, the president said “our country will be better off” if Congress renders its own opinion."

....or perhaps is playing politics for the coming election....when did this man ever consider Congress? Obama usually just goes around that body and does what he wants.

38 posted on 09/01/2013 4:40:13 PM PDT by yoe ("They Come To America" order it now: http://www.theycometoamerica.com/buy-dvd/)
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To: mojito

oh bullshit

the military told him they won’t salute the flag he ran up the pole and it was over


39 posted on 09/01/2013 4:47:38 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: mojito

BS


40 posted on 09/01/2013 4:48:05 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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41 posted on 09/01/2013 4:48:28 PM PDT by Grampa Dave ( When feral Islamics are killing each other, stand back and let Allah sort them out!)
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To: mojito; mickie; flaglady47; Chigirl 26; ExTexasRedhead; seekthetruth; seenenuf; Bushbacker1; ...
Everybody, ATTENTION!!!....contact your senators and congresspeeples within the next couple days to vote against the Usurper and his pyschopathic plans to plunge us into another no-win war.

The no-information voters will be too into Oprah, Dancing with the Stars, and watching and re-watching their Miley Cyrus tapes to even dream of contacting their representatives.

Somebody's gotta do it!

Leni

42 posted on 09/01/2013 4:49:17 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: cripplecreek

I am planning to contact my senators and representative and demand that they not support this folly


43 posted on 09/01/2013 4:51:07 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: SaxxonWoods
Congress....."Don't throw me in that briar patch! Don't throw me in that briar patch!", cries obama.

These idiots in congress are going to give obama every bit of cover he needs to go to war. The level of ineptitude and complicity by republicans is breathtaking.

44 posted on 09/01/2013 4:54:46 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter
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To: mojito

He’s going to congress because they hold the purse strings.


45 posted on 09/01/2013 4:55:17 PM PDT by 1035rep
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To: cripplecreek
our soldiers should not be forced into it.

Let his new and exciting packer-troops follow his treasonous orders.

46 posted on 09/01/2013 4:56:13 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves Month")
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To: mojito
Didn't know where the chemical weapons were.Cancel the war.
47 posted on 09/01/2013 4:57:13 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: SaxxonWoods
Congress will vote yes.

Why?

Of course it's bad that somebody is using nerve gas over there.

But there's no reason the US should be the policemen in this case.

If the Muslim world can't address this internally, then why should the US?

0bama needs to lose this vote, and lose it BIG. It's not an issue of national security.

If the GOP shows their usual weakness here, I'm through with them as a party, period.

48 posted on 09/01/2013 5:00:21 PM PDT by sargon (I don't like the sound of these here Boncentration Bamps!)
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To: Ancient Wonderboy

The LA Times story had him walking the grounds with an aide. I think it was a combination of the military and financial backblow plus cold feet on an operation that was practically guaranteed to get way out of the planner’s hands. Images of dead women and children would have been the least of it.


49 posted on 09/01/2013 5:02:10 PM PDT by erlayman
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To: MinuteGal

Capitol Switchboard:

1-202-224-3121

Ask for the Elitist of your choice. If you call Boner’s office, they won’t talk to you unless you’re in his district. They immediately throw you into an answering machine for recording your comments so they don’t have to listen to you. Apparently, the Speaker doesn’t want to hear from us.


50 posted on 09/01/2013 5:03:33 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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