Skip to comments.John Bolton on Syrian resolution: “I would vote no”
Posted on 09/03/2013 3:06:35 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
It sounds like the White House is gunning for the support of Sen. John McCain in whipping up the necessary votes for Obama’s proposed use of force resolution for Syria, but McCain’s most recent line of thinking is that he can’t quite get behind the resolution because it doesn’t go far enough. He’s evidently looking for some clear-cut strategery and more defined and rebel-aiding goals tfrom the Obama administration before he casts his yea, but former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton — a.k.a., major Bush-era foreign policy hawk — doesn’t think getting involved in Syria at all is really in the United States’ interests, and that neither the Syrian government nor the rebel groups will prove particularly helpful to advancing U.S. goals. As Bolton points out, however, it’s looking increasingly likely that the White House will get the Congressional green-light on Obama’s resolution, because they are in full-on lobbying mode working to get their ducks in a row. Oof.
I would not have referred the matter to Congress, and I think if I were a member of Congress, I would vote against an authorization to use force here. I dont think its in Americas interest. I dont think we should, in effect, take sides in the Syrian conflict. Theres very little to recommend either side to me, and I think the notion that a limited strike, which is what the president seems to be pursuing, will not create a deterrent effect with respect either to Syrias use of chemical weapons or, more seriously, Irans nuclear weapons program. So, all in all, since I dont see any utility to the use of military force in Syria in this context, I would vote no. Now the argument that the administration makes is, the president’s committed us here, itll cause a huge blow to Americas credibility if Congress doesn’t approve the use of force. And I’d say, a huge blow to Americas credibility compared to what? Compared to the mess the presidents already made of it? I just dont think theres a convincing argument here, and frankly it doesnt matter what the intelligence shows. I dont think theres any doubt that Assads regime used chemical weapons. I dont think thats going to change anybodys mind. … I think they’re going to approve some resolution authorizing some use of force, God only knows what it will say. But I think the administration will win, I think the White House candy store is open, I think the ideal job to have today is to be a Democratic member of Congress. ‘What do you need for your district or state?’ … The White House is going to do whatever it takes to get a majority.
Obozo has so screwed this up that no matter what we do the US will look weak and ineffective. All sides will end up mad at us, as in Egypt. We have a feckless fool running the government.
Wasn’t Bolton on board a couple days ago?
John Bolton for President!
As far as I am concerned, he is the smartest man inside the Evil Beltway!
When Bolton doesn’t want to bomb, strafe or invade you know its out of control. Now I’m really worried.
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