Maybe I’m missing something.
What exactly is showing weakness by having a congressional vote on an issue?
Isn’t the whole point of Congress that they vote on issues, pass legislation, etc?
Sometimes legislation is voted down. Sometimes resolutions do not pass. It’s all part of the process, isn’t it?
What am I missing?
You are spot on, not missing a thing. It’s no doubt a RINO aide that is speaking. Probably one of Boners.
The President wants Congress to enable him, not thwart him.
If true, Obama will strike before the House votes.
Der Fuehrer maintained (somewhat correctly) that he can do all of this without congressional authority, at least for a while. The backlash against action has been so great that he flipped and is pushing the yes-no decision off on congress so that if it fails he can blame congress (republicans) and walk away saying it wasn’t his decision. He’s looking for a sure scapegoat.
Telling him he doesn’t need congressional approval and not voting on it pushes the ownership of his disasterous policy back into his lap.
It's racist not to give the pres__ent what he wants.
“What am I missing?”
The elites don’t believe the people should have any say in anything, so they’d prefer that the voice of the people not be heard, and the people speak through their represenatives in the House.
The idea that the people would rebuke the president is abhorrent to them!
>> Maybe Im missing something. What exactly is showing weakness by having a congressional vote on an issue?
I didn’t get that either.
Note that it’s an aide babbling for the camera... throwing out statesman-sounding gobbledygook.
You could pull a muscle in your brain if you try too hard to map it onto any known logic system.
Congressional Leadership usually does not schedule a vote (on something they support) they know they will lose.
As others have said, the lack of a vote would push the issue of action taken back to the WH. However, they’ll just crow on about dereliction of duty if that were to occur. The entire focus has been less of what Obama really thinks of the Syria situation and more toward having an issue for the 2014 mid-terms.
I want a vote and I want those votes on record.
(See: "Day of Imfamy" speech - FDR, "Gulf of Tonkin" speech - LBJ, "Iraqi Freedom" address - GWB)
But this is not a normal situation. In those other instances, we had Presidents who actually possessed the ability to lead. But things are no longer normal. Today, we are left with a President who couldn't lead ants to a picnic. We have a President whose only experience with accountability came as but one of many legislators who vote from time to time on various pieces of legislation - always diluting their accountability among their cohorts, and always shielded from actually having to put that legislation into action. Yet even in that, this man who is now President would not allow himself to bear even the most minimal degree of accountability. Instead of actually voting 'yea' or 'nay' on something that would have no consequence upon him personaly, he chose to vote 'present'.
Congress needs to think long and hard about this one. Because when the missiles are loosed and the shells begin to reach their targets, there will not be anyone at the top leading. As oil climbs to $200/bbl, as Soviet-era anti-ship missiles target our solitary destroyers in the Med, as the war spills out through the southern border of Lebanon, and as Egypt opens the Suez up to Iranian ships under Russian escort resupplying Syria, everyone will look to see this President blaming everyone else for this predicament while en route to the closest golf course or vacation spot.
We are screwed.
As I said, they should have annouced they weren’t going to vote in the beginning. But for boner to take this nation to war just to cover his buddy is criminal. It’ll be even more criminal if there’s no vote and boner says obama doesn’t need authorization from congress. If that happens it will be time to do something.
As always the kenyan wants it both ways. He wants to use Congress as an excuse not bomb now because the Russians called his bluff. I think he would rather blame Congress, drag the distraction out for as long as useful and then bomb Syria when tensions are lower.
You are missing Congress saying yes in the cowards way. You are missing Bohner committing the same treason Obama will when he strikes and helps our enemies al Quaeda take over Syria.
What am I missing?
Members of the House who plan to vote on Obama’s Syria Resoltion do not want to be identified - elections are coming in 2014.
The boy king would be denied by members of his own government. And in a manner that he couldn’t circumvent with executive fiat.
“It makes America look weak”.
You are thinking logically straight, not in pretzel logic.
“What am I missing?”
If the president is gay and brown
you must not vote him down.
Then Odumbo can say, well, I asked them to vote and they refused to vote.
It makes President Red Line look even worse than he already looks.