Skip to comments.Obama seeking political cover by asking for a Congressional vote on Syria intervention
Posted on 09/02/2013 3:13:11 PM PDT by neverdem
Contradicting his own position of a couple of days ago that a timely response to Syria's alleged chemical weapons use was important, President Obama today backed off and postponed any action until Congress reconvenes on September 9th, and has time to debate and vote on approving military action. At the same time, he maintains that he has the authority to act on his own (as he did in Libya).
Syria is already crowing about a victory, and it must be admitted that Obama has lost face throughout the Middle East and the world. As has the United States States of America, so long as he occupies the Oval Office. The influence, especially the deterrence the United States is able to exercise has been diminished. Obama's ill-considered red line has already cost the United States dearly. If Assad, Iran, Pakistan, and North Korea draw the obvious conclusion that Obama is a paper tiger, then further consequences could be far more unpleasant for not just the United States but the world.
Should Congress refuse to back action, then Obama will blame it, and the GOP, for undermining his ability to stop the chain of events that lies ahead, with America seen as the weak horse. His media flacks will join him in ignoring his responsibility for igniting the entire debacle and focusing attention on the opposition which once again bears all responsibility for Obama's sad performance in office...
My suspicion (and fear) is that dangerous days lie ahead.
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Republicans would have to be stupid to approve this, which is why I believe they will.
They aren't called the "Stupid" Party for nothing.
LOL, exactly. They are being set up and they are too damn dumb to see it.
Hillary liked Asaad and said he is a reformer. John Kerry and Asaad are personal friends and Kerry's wife has some sort of business dealings with the family. But, Obama doesn't like them and wants to kill them. SO, now Kerry is saying that we have solid info that Asaad used chemical weapons to kill people.
But the Rebels say they caused gas release resulting in death and they have now pledged loyalty to AlQeada.
So, Obama wants congress to vote on military action. What the hell is going on?
Just vote PRESENT...
Obama has to blame it on somebody..and next we get Hillary
President Red Line has us behind the eight ball.
“President Red Line has us behind the eight ball.”
Now, not only his cred is at stake, but America’s.
The Russians warning their Med warships to “prepare for a severe confrontation” Friday really spooked him.
Now, they are looking to a vote in Congress to get him out of it, just in case the Russians really do decide to up the ante. When they do, he can claim that it was “Bipartisan”, and that those blood-thirsty REPUBLICANS made him do it!!
The Senate (R)s will.
The House? I hold out hope, but it wouldn’t surprise me.
If the cowards need political “cover” to do the right thing, ALL they would have to say is this:
“You want approval to bomb Syria? After the MESS you made in Libya, the tragic and cowardly failure to protect the embassy in Benghazi, FOLLOWED BY your STONEWALLING of our investigation? GFY, Blue Lips.”
I tend to think the author has it exactly wrong. Instead of providing cover for owebama, maybe this is cover for boehner and crew? And we’re being played for suckers?
As we all know the rat operating philosophy is to never let a crisis go to waste. The timing of this is certainly suspicious. Its not like this is the first or last time the Syrians have used this stuff. Probably not the first or last time this year. So why the sudden urgency? Why now? And then why was it suddenly OK for this to wait till Congress reconvenes in another week?
Is the underlying issue be the upcoming fight over boehnercare? I found it very interesting how the gop wing of the uniparty went into hiding over the Syria issue. Then they came out very quickly with their response after the Saturday I-love-me fest. Gosh. It was almost like it was all ready to go. You dont think it could have been, well, coordinated do you?
Is Syria merely cover for boehner and friends to simply ignore the boehnercare defunding issue because, well gosh golly gee, we all had to talk about Syria?
If Congress votes to approve, Obama can do anything he pleases.
If Congress votes not to approve, Assad can do anything he pleases, forever. Congress will be giving him the green light. The Parliament just did.
Since the stakes are so high and tragic, the congressional debates ought to be worth a few laughs.
If Congress has to deal with this as soon as they convene, it may delay them picking back up on the Benghazi and IRS investigations.
I don't believe that is true at all. There is nothing to stop Congress from declaring war in the future.
He thinks that Congress will not humiliate him in front of the whole world. He’s most likely right—our “representatives”(and I do use that term loosely), will give him the go ahead because they are idiots.
The Republicans should all vote “Present.” Let the Democrats make the decision, then live with the consequences.
Seeking approval, if he expects to be turned down, might be the first intelligent thing he has done as pResident. Maybe the only intelligent thing he ever did in his life.
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If the attack on Syria goes well, Obama will take all the credit. If it goes badly, he and the MSM will blame Republican and McCain.
IMHO in the short run the attack will appear to work - in the long run it will bring us to war with Iran ... for the sole benefit of Saudi Arabia...
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