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Obama: Strike 'Absolutely' on Hold if Syria Abandons Chemical Weapons
ABC ^ | Sept. 9, 2013 | ABBY D. PHILLIP

Posted on 09/09/2013 3:26:33 PM PDT by xzins

If Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gives up his chemical weapons, a military strike would "absolutely" be on pause, President Obama said today.

"I consider this a modestly positive development," Obama told ABC News' Diane Sawyer in an interview at the White House when asked whether Syria's apparent willingness to relinquish control of its chemical weapons would prevent a U.S. strike.

"Let's see if we can come up with language that avoids a strike but accomplishes our key goals to make sure that these chemical weapons are not used," the president said.

Obama's comments come after the Russian foreign minister suggested today that Syria could avoid a U.S. attack by turning over its chemical weapons stockpiles over to international control and destroying them, a proposal the Syrian government "welcomed."

Obama said that Secretary of State John Kerry would pursue the proposal with Russia, an ally of Syria.

But at the same time, Obama said that a potential diplomatic resolution doesn't mean that Congress should withdraw the threat of military action.

"I don't think we would have gotten to this point unless we had maintained a credible possibility for a military strike and I don't think now is the time for us to let up on that," Obama said.

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1 posted on 09/09/2013 3:26:33 PM PDT by xzins
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To: Southack; Jim Robinson
"I don't think we would have gotten to this point unless we had maintained a credible possibility for a military strike and I don't think now is the time for us to let up on that," Obama said.

Told you he'd claim credit as if it were the plan all along.

2 posted on 09/09/2013 3:27:30 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

So the red line is “one WMD strike then quit”? I’m sure Iran will be happy to know that...


3 posted on 09/09/2013 3:28:06 PM PDT by Wyatt's Torch
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To: xzins

Good. Now can we talk about Obamacare and Benghazi again?


4 posted on 09/09/2013 3:29:05 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: xzins

He’s weaseling. Well, if that means the USA stays out of Syria then I’m fine with it.


5 posted on 09/09/2013 3:30:54 PM PDT by MeganC (A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll never need one again.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Obamacare seems the most immediate issue. The House wants to send forward a stopgap spending bill to continue funding the government that doesn’t include obamacare but doesn’t shut down the government. That’s not really a bad strategy, so you can count on the Senate shooting it down.


6 posted on 09/09/2013 3:31:51 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

Obama would love to get out of this pickle with a diplomatic “victory”. The MSM will heap adulation on him after this fiasco.

On the other hand, the MSM was silent during the Iraq war when Libya and Syria renounced their WMD programs after a tour of the Middle East by Sec. of State Condi Rice. Of course, that would require giving Bush credit.


7 posted on 09/09/2013 3:33:17 PM PDT by the_Watchman
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To: xzins
Told you he'd claim credit as if it were the plan all along.

Pee Wee Hussein sez, "I meant to do that."

8 posted on 09/09/2013 3:33:34 PM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: MeganC

He’s taking credit, and Chris Matthews will have another thrill run down his leg.

Sat at the hospital today with a friend whose dad was going into surgery. The friend is a democrat. He read this on Twitter and his first reaction was how smart Obama was that he forced this to happen.


9 posted on 09/09/2013 3:34:04 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins
"... "I don't think we would have gotten to this point unless we had maintained a credible possibility for a military strike"

Oh indeed, especially a military strike described as "an unbelievably small, limited kind of effort."

The Obama-adoring media will throw all the idiocy of last week down the memory hole. Why, all that wasn't absurd and ridiculous at all, but some entirely new species of brilliance!

10 posted on 09/09/2013 3:34:18 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: xzins; TigersEye

Of course the Syrians will give up their chemical weapons. And Obama will go to visit Assad and get a personal handshake confirmation, a full Assad body hug and then a camel to bugger, and Assad will show him ALL of his chemical weapons and then hand them over.( nod, nod, wink, wink.)/S

Reminds me of the puppet movie “ Team America: World Police” and how dear leader ( Kim Il Jung)handled the Hans Blick puppet( or Obama in this case)!


11 posted on 09/09/2013 3:35:46 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: xzins

It’s not a mistake by Obama. It’s how he inserts US troops into Syria. There are already Russians in Syria and Iran.
Question is, what does he do then? And how will it impact Israel?
I think we all know how the Muslim Obama, Russia, Iran, the Saudis, Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hezbollah etc want this to end?
Time for the end game?
Strategically, if Israel is provoked to nuke the Middle East, Russia will be the remaining major oil and gas provider. The US and Europe will melt down, and the Commies will step in as saviors.
No need for an Obama third term…he will be the new “Lord Protector”.
All the “homeland security” FEMA camps, martial law, US troops in action on continental US, will come into play. Drone time folks…


12 posted on 09/09/2013 3:38:09 PM PDT by ABrit
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To: The KG9 Kid

The Obama adoring media will anoint him king. Be prepared to fight a new wave of obamessiah mavens.


13 posted on 09/09/2013 3:38:12 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

I think, collectively, that all of us who suffered through our college and university educations during the late 60’s and 70’s remember those glib black guys who wowed anyone, mostly white hippie chicks, with their never ending rhetoric often with an “island lilt” who basically spouted this same BS. Obama is the result we got for that. To say I’m disgusted is an understatement. My generation did not do well and I’m sorry.


14 posted on 09/09/2013 3:38:17 PM PDT by rhubarbk (It's official, I'm suffering from Obama fatigue!)
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To: xzins

I bet the White House is fuming behind the scenes and trying to figure out just how to go forward with a strike.


15 posted on 09/09/2013 3:40:00 PM PDT by TBall
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To: SoFloFreeper
"I don't think we would have gotten to this point unless we had maintained a credible possibility for a military strike and I don't think now is the time for us to let up on that," Obama said.

It just happened. He's now claiming credit.

16 posted on 09/09/2013 3:41:07 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

Right. And Hitler was a genius for planning the economic rise of Germany in the 1980’s.


17 posted on 09/09/2013 3:42:27 PM PDT by MeganC (A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll never need one again.)
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To: xzins

Yes, he’s definitely going to take credit even though he hasn’t had a clue. Saw Chris Wallace interview him on Fox, it was difficult to watch with Obama’s I’m the savior attitude.


18 posted on 09/09/2013 3:43:24 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: TBall; ABrit; P-Marlowe; SoConPubbie; SoFloFreeper

I think Abrit is onto something. This is Obama’s opening to put US boots on the ground in Syria with an “international force”.

It will be the excuse, perhaps, to put an international force on the ground in Jerusalem someday since, they’ll say, “it’s a world city”.


19 posted on 09/09/2013 3:43:32 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: MeganC

I agree with your logic, but you know that you know that our media will let him get away with it.


20 posted on 09/09/2013 3:44:31 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

The Clown continues to try and help Al Qaeda.


21 posted on 09/09/2013 3:45:54 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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so who exactly is going to go hunting for chemical weapons in every military outpost in Syria during the middle of a civil war ....or are people stupid enough to take Assad and Putin at their word and they can just declare that the weapons have been turned over .....all of this is idiocy


22 posted on 09/09/2013 3:46:06 PM PDT by thestob (Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan are determined to destroy our country)
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To: xzins
I know. This guy could rape a six year old on public and Chris Matthews et al would find a way to defend it.
23 posted on 09/09/2013 3:47:33 PM PDT by MeganC (A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll never need one again.)
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To: thestob

Didn’t you get the memo? It’s not reality that counts; it’s appearances. /sarc


24 posted on 09/09/2013 3:47:43 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

Oh good, now the Middle East fighters can go back to the regular shooting, knifing, or blowing up their opponents with bombs.

Just not chemical weapons, because THAT would be unacceptable to Obama. But killing by regular means, that’s acceptable.


25 posted on 09/09/2013 3:47:48 PM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: xzins

This is one of the most incompetent, immature, amoral idiots ever elected.


26 posted on 09/09/2013 3:48:56 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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27 posted on 09/09/2013 3:50:10 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: jazusamo

Why would “international control” want to retain chem/bio weapons, jaz? The sane person would immediately destroy them once in his control.

If they’re not destroyed, then know this is another big, staged lie.


28 posted on 09/09/2013 3:50:28 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

NBC evening news just now - hussein says “the US doesn’t do pin pricks.” So, how does he explain the limited, two day, symbolic, unbelievably small strike?


29 posted on 09/09/2013 3:55:35 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: xzins

I don’t think we would have gotten to this point if your Secretary of State could control his mouth, and if Uncle Vlad wasn’t actually as smart as you think you are.


30 posted on 09/09/2013 3:59:48 PM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: xzins
"I consider this a modestly positive development," Obama told ABC News' Diane Sawyer

Isn't it wonderful when Communist world leaders work together!

31 posted on 09/09/2013 4:04:40 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves Month")
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To: xzins

The people that need to know, they know that Obama has been humbled. Most Americans will remain oblivious. That is not good for the country.


32 posted on 09/09/2013 4:09:06 PM PDT by Kennard
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To: jazusamo

Obama’s goal is to reduce Americas influence world wide. He is succeeding beyond his wildest dreams. By the end of his term we may have to fear Zimbabwe.


33 posted on 09/09/2013 4:10:11 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: xzins

Sounds like a halfway decent outcome if it lasts long enough for most of the stuff to be destroyed in a nontoxic manner.


34 posted on 09/09/2013 4:11:14 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

If it is just “controlled” but isn’t destroyed, then this is a game that’s being played out.


35 posted on 09/09/2013 4:12:42 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: TBall
“I bet the White House is fuming behind the scenes and trying to figure out just how to go forward with a strike.”

I rather think so too. Obama didn't sound as happy as he should have been about this. Note if Assad handed over his chemical weapons, the strike would only be “on pause”, not called off. I also see that Obama still wants congress to approve use of force.

36 posted on 09/09/2013 4:13:41 PM PDT by MRadtke (Light a candle or curse the darkness?)
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To: xzins

He keeps quoting Reagan with “trust & verify”.....

Meh.


37 posted on 09/09/2013 4:24:14 PM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD (A Realistically Really Real Housewife)
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To: xzins

Funny if they all say “Made in Iraq”


38 posted on 09/09/2013 4:26:33 PM PDT by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: MRadtke

“”Congress should approve use of Force against Iran.


39 posted on 09/09/2013 4:26:34 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: TBall

People need to chill out. What happened here was a game of chess. Kerry made the wrong move and now the backpeddling begins.

The o admin has used chem weapons as their excuse for bombing Syria. Do you folks really think that the Saudi’s were willing to pay for the US to start a war over some Syrian sheeple getting gassed?

I will say this, that is why dirtbag McCain and his poodle Linda wanted O to use regime change as the excuse. I bet Juan and Linda are horrified tonight. Obama is trapped because he no longer has his excuse to please the Saudi masters.

Of course, Obama is going to make himself look good to the lefties that were pissed as hell. They will probably bite. But the international so called community knows Barry got had. Assad stays, Saudis lose, Russians finish the 2nd pipeline and we are back at square one before the chem attack. Thing is, they can no longer use the chem weapon excuse. So what are they going to do next to justify attacking Syria? The drawing board is already out in the WH new bunker. LOL

Look out, desperation is dangerous.


40 posted on 09/09/2013 4:27:54 PM PDT by dforest
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To: Paladin2
Sounds like a halfway decent outcome if it lasts long enough for most of the stuff to be destroyed in a nontoxic manner.

Oh, come on. The best stuff will always be hidden and unavailable to inspectors and incineration crews. Probably split off long ago and hidden in tunnels unknown to foreign intelligence. I'm sure that all kinds of expired and defective chemical munitions will be readily available for destruction, though.

41 posted on 09/09/2013 4:28:26 PM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: MeganC

Obama slithers out of the weasle hole to claim victory.


42 posted on 09/09/2013 4:32:27 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("You bring me the man, I'll find you the crime" - Lavrentiy Beria [and Eric Holder])
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To: xzins

But, they have to keep this in the news for a couple more weeks until I invent another crisis to drive Benghazi, my economy, Fast & Furious, black murders in my sweet home Chicago, my foreign policy, etc. from the news.

Bashir, can you agree to this? (face saving measure)


43 posted on 09/09/2013 4:35:06 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: xzins; Southack

Look. I tell ya what. Frankly, I don’t CARE if this moron ‘takes credit’ for this. One strike and the Russians would feel almost obligated to stop it best they can and possibly retaliate... and that would be wayyyy to close to nuclear war for my tastes.

I will damn TAKE IT.

However, there’s no win here. Let me explain why. This has NOTHING to do with chemical weapons, and EVERYTHING to do with the Saudis and Qatar wanting a natgas pipeline through Syria, to Europe. Russia does NOT want that, they have a lock on Europe’s natural gas, and they are broke. So this issue is not solved.

I predict, a month (maybe two) goes by, and another chem ‘attack’ is orchestrated by Saudi and rebel operatives, so the US can falsely claim Syria held some weapons back and used them again.

Ok, so, given the choice between nuke war now, or nuke war a month or two from now, I’ll take the latter.

I really don’t CARE if Obama takes credit. Only the liberals will buy it; middle- and right-wingers already know how horribly this whole affair was bungled.

As an analogy: Let us say some hikers decide to climb a mountain in the dead of winter, and become terribly stranded halfway up. If they happen upon a small cabin with supplies and survive until winter passes, then make it back down again, do you congratulate them on their ingenuity for finding the cabin? Or do you cuss their damn-foolishness for climbing a mountain in winter to begin with?


44 posted on 09/09/2013 4:46:20 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: 1010RD

I no longer think this is a distraction. Does anyone around here really believe that Boehner is going to defund Obamacare, get to the bottom of F & Furious, not raise the debt ceiling, get to the bottom of the IRS, not grant amnesty and all because of Syria, were it not for that, they would pounce? I doubt it.

What have they done so far?

We will be lucky to have the twits vote against a Syria strike.


45 posted on 09/09/2013 4:50:18 PM PDT by dforest
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To: ABrit

He will send troops to Syria to “make sure” the chemicals are taken away from Assad. Terrorists will attack our soldiers. The media will blame Assad. The war is on! And it wasn’t obama’a fault according the press.


46 posted on 09/09/2013 4:55:30 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Lazamataz

It’s not about natural gas, oil, or any pipeline.


47 posted on 09/09/2013 4:58:31 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: xzins

“WE”


48 posted on 09/09/2013 5:02:55 PM PDT by goodtomato (I'm really, really blessed!)
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To: MRadtke
Note if Assad handed over his chemical weapons, the strike would only be “on pause”, not called off.

If Russian troops are guarding the chemical weapons, any US strike on Syria is out of question.

49 posted on 09/09/2013 5:05:18 PM PDT by Greysard
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To: Lazamataz

Check this out:

http://openoil.net/2012/03/28/syrias-transit-future-all-pipelines-lead-to-damascus/


50 posted on 09/09/2013 5:05:49 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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