Skip to comments.Breaking: Majority Leader Cantor & Speaker Boehner Will Vote For Use of Military Force in Syria
Posted on 09/03/2013 3:12:32 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Rep. Eric Cantor released a statement today supporting the use of military force in Syria and believes it is in our best interest to respond to the use of WMD.
I intend to vote to provide the President of the United States the option to use military force in Syria. While the authorizing language will likely change, the underlying reality will not. America has a compelling national security interest to prevent and respond to the use of weapons of mass destruction, especially by a terrorist state such as Syria, and to prevent further instability in a region of vital interest to the United States.
Understanding that there are differing opinions on both sides of the aisle, it is up to President Obama to make the case to Congress and to the American people that this is the right course of action, and I hope he is successful in that endeavor.
Bashar Assads Syria, a state sponsor of terrorism, is the epitome of a rogue state, and it has long posed a direct threat to American interests and to our partners. The ongoing civil war in Syria has enlarged this threat.
The Syrian conflict is not merely a civil war; it is a sectarian proxy war that is exacerbating tensions throughout the Muslim world. It is clear Iran is a principal combatant in this conflict, and its direct involvement is an integral part of Irans bid to establish regional hegemony. Were Assad and his Iranian patrons to come out on top it would be a strategic victory for Iran, embolden Hizballah, and convince our allies that we cannot be trusted.
Furthermore, sectarian tensions and extremist terrorism are already spilling over beyond Syrias borders, with terrorist attacks and assassinations on the rise in neighboring countries. It is not just an abstract theory that the Syrian conflict threatens the stability of key American partners in the region. It is a reality.
Beyond the obvious regional interests, a failure to adequately respond to the use of chemical weapons and compel the end of this conflict on terms beneficial to America and our partners only increases the likelihood of future WMD use by the regime, transfer to Hizballah, or acquisition by Al Qaeda. No one wants to be asking why we failed to act if the next time Sarin is used it is in the Paris or New York subway.
The United States broader policy goal, as articulated by the President, is that Assad should go, and President Obamas redline is consistent with that goal and with the goal of deterring the use of weapons of mass destruction. It is the type of redline virtually any American President would draw. Now Americas credibility is on the line. A failure to act when acting is in Americas interests and when a red line has been so clearly crossed will only weaken our ability to use diplomacy, economic pressure, and other non-lethal tools to remove Assad and deter Iran and other aggressors.
Today, House Speaker John Boehner also gave his support to the Presidents plan saying, something the country needs to do.
The country is ruled by blackmail. It’s very easy to accomplish in a fallen world such as ours. The dirt on these men is much worse than words uttered in a recorded phone conversation. There’s a level of depravity in the Beltway that even the most jaded would have a hard time comprehending.
>I realize Obama is an incompetent and worse but it is a presidential request for force, and Assad is no good guy.
Assad is better than the FSA and other islamo terrorist scum we are giving aid and comfort to.
The beltway GOP is a pathetic bunch of idiots.
We voted for it, we got more of the same and then some.
There is something in Syria that needs to be obliterated, and it’s not chem weapons. I’m thinking it’s another Chinese-built ‘stealth’ nuke plant that isn’t so stealthy anymore. Gen. Dempsey couldn’t talk about what the mission in Syria was.. Hmmmm.. Red flag!
FReep You, Cantor, Boehner, et al. Cowardly wimps! Gonna fight against the coming debt limit increase, though? Yeah, riiight.
Comrade President Obama don’t need no steenking congress.
We don’t have a congress. Just a bunch of little girls.
Cantor for war on Syria, huh.
Guess we know where Bibi stands.
We suffer for lack of genuine diplomats. Kerry is a wretched traitor. His wife sat behind him during today’s televised hearing. Terry Heinz was grimacing and prompting her husband like a witch.
roflmao !!!!.....................what THIRD party? We only have one now! This Syria deal shows that fact so clearly even a blind man can see it! Here’s a few that are for helping one jihadi group over another jihadi group in Syria:
Lindsay G: check
And, the list goes on and on! So, we need a SECOND party NOT a THIRD party! Let’s all start calling a spade a spade in the clearest possible terms!
Fire them both.
Rand Slams Congress for Funding Egypt’s Generals:
‘How Does Your Conscience Feel Now?’
Foreign Policy | 15 Aug 2013 | John Hudson
Posted on 08/15/2013 5:44:10 PM PDT by Hoodat
Sen. Rand Paul is hammering his fellow senators for keeping billions in financial aid flowing to Egypt’s military — even as Cairo’s security forces massacre anti-government activists.
[by “anti-government activists” is meant church-burning jihadists]
Sen. Cruz Statement on Egypt (Suspend aid over anti-Muslim Brotherhood coup)
Ted Cruz blames Egyptian violence on Obamas disregard for foreign aid law
Stupid RINOS buying into all kinds of BS including that this will help Israel. It will help Al Qaeda, but hurt Israel. Primary all RINOS!
Vote all those RINO establishment types out when election comes around. They are no better than Obozo.
All you self-proclaimed conservatives that didn't vote for the Republican in the last election effectively put Obama back into office.
We used to joke about the water, now I’m wondering about the food, the juice, the toilet paper, their dry cleaners...
What’s so hard to figure on this one?
No threat whatsoever.
What happens if we topple Assad and al Qaeda takes over? Is anyone thinking about that at all.
We’ve spent the better part of a decade fighting al Qaeda, and now we’re going to start giving then nationhood?
Christians and those of other religions [Hindu, Buddists,ect] will be slaughtered.
Is anyone thinking about that at all.
Yes, but they don't care and this includes Congressional Republicans. They will only be just some of obama's "bumps in the road".
That’s about it isn’t it.