Skip to comments.At the Last Minute, Obama Alone Made Call to Seek Congressional Approval
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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Probably because Boner just told him he could deliver the votes.
A 45 minute walk with no golf clubs and twinky pals in tow?
“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.”
Like anyone believes or gives a smelly Obama about any excrement emanating from the Cretin House.
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!!!
Soetoro doesn’t wipe his ass without someone telling him to do it. He does nothing on his own. Except coke and Reggie Love..
This decision had been made for him by our founding fathers when they drafted The Constitution of The United States of America.
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.
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.
Don’t count on it.
Let's put him on Mount Rushmore!
Soetoro isn't rattling his saber, he's polishing his sword.
The man is all about self-gratification.
Congress will vote yes.
Prepare yourselves. We will have to get behind the troops once the order is given and hope for the best.
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.
Hey, y’all congresscritters, these are the subhumans you are going to support with the taxpayer’s money.
ROFL. I’m just imagining him saying that in his own voice too.
And after he passed the buck to Congress, Dear Leader left for the golf course.
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.
Bull Puckey...unless it comes from Axelrod or Jarrett, it ain't happening. The empty suit does nothing on his own.
Oh, what a decisive _resident we have. Oui...
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.
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.
Geez, even the Syrians can figure out this guy.
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
In other words, a round of strip poker with his Reggie Love and their two white friends.
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.
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.
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.
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 Syrias 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.
Exactly. Most likey Valery Jarette.
I agree with that.
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.
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.
....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.
the military told him they won’t salute the flag he ran up the pole and it was over
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!
I am planning to contact my senators and representative and demand that they not support this folly
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.
He’s going to congress because they hold the purse strings.
Let his new and exciting packer-troops follow his treasonous orders.
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.
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.
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.