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France was ready for Syria strike when Obama decided to seek Congress's approval
Jerusalem Post ^ | 9-29-13

Posted on 09/30/2013 5:43:28 AM PDT by SJackson

France was ready for a strike on chemical weapons facilities in Syria on the day US President Barack Obama decided to seek approval from Congress for the strike, French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur reported on Sunday.

According to the weekly, French President Francois Hollande called off the strike on August 31, after readying his military for the strike, and preparing to justify it to the French people and the world.

Rafale fighter jets, armed with Scalp cruise missiles with a range of 250 km, were ready to fire at targets in western Syria, including Damascus, the paper reported. The jets were to attack while flying over international waters in the Mediterranean, avoiding Turkish airspace to prevent Syrian retaliation against its neighbor.

French government officials had statements ready for when the strike starts, and the French intelligence had prepared a declassified report with evidence showing chemical weapons were used on August 21 in Damascus.

The strike was due to start at 3 a.m. on September 1, while everyone are asleep, to minimize civilian casualties, a government official told the paper.

After receiving indications from the Americans that the strike was imminent in the days leading up to the US president's announcement, Obama called Hollande on Saturday August 31 at 6:15 p.m., telling him he had decided to ask for Congress's approval before going ahead with the strike.

Hollande was stunned, the paper reported, and tried to convince Obama to reconsider, but was unsuccessful.


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1 posted on 09/30/2013 5:43:28 AM PDT by SJackson
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The wisdom of a strike aside, not a confidence builder. Not sure it matters, I doubt many world leaders consider Obama reliable.

2 posted on 09/30/2013 5:44:27 AM PDT by SJackson ( The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. BF)
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To: SJackson
The wisdom of a strike aside, not a confidence builder. Not sure it matters, I doubt many world leaders consider Obama reliable.

1. It DOESN'T matter. The Arabs have been at war with each other ever since there WERE Arabs. Nothing new. It won't stop until God ends our world.
2. Your opinion about Obama is right on the money.

3 posted on 09/30/2013 5:52:35 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: SJackson

sounds like...........They want War!!!!!!


4 posted on 09/30/2013 5:58:01 AM PDT by kimtom (USA ; Freedom is not Free)
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To: SJackson

If word on the street is to be believed, Obama sided with the NY Slimes editorial board over our allies.

Personally I’m glad he did, but it’s shocking.


5 posted on 09/30/2013 6:00:38 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SJackson
Why was France waiting on 0bama?

A more important question: Why did the kenyan dictator decide to go to congress on this? Was it real fear of impeachment and removal if he didn't?

6 posted on 09/30/2013 6:03:06 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Syria: Muzzie killing muzzie what's the downside and who am I to stop them ?)
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To: SJackson
Imagine that, the Cheese-eating surrender monkeys taking a more aggressive posture than Obama’s effeminate America. Who could have dreamed this up? Not even DeGaulle...
7 posted on 09/30/2013 6:03:13 AM PDT by Netz
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To: The Sons of Liberty
Why was France waiting on 0bama?

France still thought that the USA was a leadership nation, a bold decisive nation, the very thing she has not been since 2008.

Usually it is France that “leads from behind”, not America.

8 posted on 09/30/2013 6:05:17 AM PDT by Netz
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To: SJackson
I doubt many world leaders consider Obama reliable.

I doubt many world leaders consider Obama stable. As Obama flounders on the world and domestic stage his incompetence and lack of experience are manifested through his actions or lack thereof, he is entering a panic mode and is becoming unstable and dangerous. As any weapons grade elements that become unstable, they should be closely monitored, safely removed and properly disposed of.

The unanswered question now before us is, which stage has he reached? Is he being closely monitored, prepared for removal or readied for proper disposal?

9 posted on 09/30/2013 6:07:26 AM PDT by varon ( para bellum, Impeach Obama)
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To: Netz
Imagine that, the Cheese-eating surrender monkeys taking a more aggressive posture...

This was always about Saudi/Qatar oil and gas for France, instead of Russian oil and gas, and using the US as bully to get it.

10 posted on 09/30/2013 6:08:38 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: SJackson

Obama promised to make America more like the European countries.

Now he has made America so much like France that even the French are embarrassed.


11 posted on 09/30/2013 6:12:09 AM PDT by Iron Munro (When a killer screams 'Allahu Akbar' you don't need to be mystified about a motive.)
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To: SJackson

My only question is why was France waiting on us. Unlike France, we will not condemn France on the world stage for using their military in pursuit of their national interests. Go ahead and shoot some cruise missiles at Syria. We’re not stopping you Hollande.


12 posted on 09/30/2013 6:12:44 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: SJackson

Soo, France had already ripped sheets into little white flags?


13 posted on 09/30/2013 6:13:29 AM PDT by moovova
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To: Netz
I guess France has learned the hard way not to count on America while emperor 0bama is on the throne.

You know France still has The French Foreign Legion; they should be keeping them fully engaged!

14 posted on 09/30/2013 6:30:53 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Syria: Muzzie killing muzzie what's the downside and who am I to stop them ?)
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To: SJackson

“while everyone are asleep, to minimize civilian casualties”

eh?

how does striking sleeping civilians minimize casualties again

and everyone “are” asleep?

these people are cuckoo

byw, if France is for it, it must be the wrong thing, since France likes to throw down their weapons


15 posted on 09/30/2013 6:33:33 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Navy Patriot

bingo


16 posted on 09/30/2013 6:35:10 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: moovova

lol


17 posted on 09/30/2013 6:35:34 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: The Sons of Liberty
Sad truth is, is that NO NATION or peoples can rely on Obama’s US. Everybody knows this.
Both friend and foe know this well which is why enemies take him to the cleaners and humiliate him while allies shudder and are all scared of the repressions of this man-child presidency.
18 posted on 09/30/2013 6:49:26 AM PDT by Netz
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To: Netz
Imagine that, the Cheese-eating surrender monkeys taking a more aggressive posture than Obama’s effeminate America.

I see it more as a case of one socialist (Hollande) brown-nosing a more powerful socialist...and getting made a fool of for his troubles.

19 posted on 09/30/2013 6:51:48 AM PDT by Moltke (Sapere aude!)
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To: SJackson; mickie; flaglady47; pax_et_bonum; Maine Mariner
Francois Hollande, the French arch-leftist, and Barack Obama, the American arch-leftist, both suffer from La Grande Illusion....which is not surprising as we know marxism is a mental disease.

Both their determined socialist governance mixed in with erratic and sometimes dangerous flights of ideological fancy follow the same path as other leftist dictators, and, in reality, they are not the odd couple, but the perfect couple.

World wide, however, in this "bomb Syria" case, they were the odd couple out.

Leni

20 posted on 09/30/2013 7:00:20 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Moltke

Two brown-nosing, Socialist fools floating helplessly in the Cosmos...
Meanwhile the Russkies, Chinese and Persians massively build and advance their militaries...


21 posted on 09/30/2013 7:04:12 AM PDT by Netz
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To: Netz

Typical French. They didn’t learn anything from watching Obama lead from behind in Libya.

How come a 13 year old can figure this out, but nations cannot?


22 posted on 09/30/2013 7:14:25 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Make today a great day. Insult a liberal.)
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To: SJackson

I figured the war in Syria had come to an end - don’t see it covered much anymore. Guess that clown in the WH really shook them up. I can understand that - he does the same to us only for different reasons.


23 posted on 09/30/2013 7:39:06 AM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: Netz

Sad day when the French were more ready to punish Syria for Gassing its own people than Obama. If Hillary was in charge—she would have done it—and gotten more allies on board for the attack. Where was Turkey? Italy? Germany? This event ripped away the mask of Obama as a great president—now he is seen for what he is—a great joke.


24 posted on 09/30/2013 8:51:00 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: SJackson

For France expecting/demanding that the USA go to war to keep their financial house of Rothchilds happy is like having a contemptuously coward for a friend. My granddaughter just returned from a month at a school in Paris and found Paris exciting. As far as I am concerned that is all France is capable of i.e. excitement.


25 posted on 09/30/2013 12:45:49 PM PDT by noinfringers2
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Thanks SJackson.


26 posted on 09/30/2013 5:00:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

Nothing impeachable here, he had 60 days to inform Congress. Which he successfully blew off in Libya. Just an easy way out of a mess he didn’t mean to get into in the first case. Deblustering Presidential bluster.


27 posted on 09/30/2013 5:48:20 PM PDT by SJackson ( The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. BF)
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To: Netz
Imagine that, the Cheese-eating surrender monkeys taking a more aggressive posture than Obama’s effeminate America. Who could have dreamed this up? Not even DeGaulle...

Leaving the wisdom of the actions aside, that was the story of Libya too.

28 posted on 09/30/2013 5:49:40 PM PDT by SJackson ( The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. BF)
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

I don’t know France’s independent capabilities, I presume this was a planned joint action and Obama caused our forces to stand down as well. For France to act independently on hours notice absent what I can only presume was superior American force, I can see how that would be a problem for them.


29 posted on 09/30/2013 5:53:33 PM PDT by SJackson ( The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. BF)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade
Sad day when the French were more ready to punish Syria for Gassing its own people than Obama. If Hillary was in charge—she would have done it—and gotten more allies on board for the attack. Where was Turkey? Italy? Germany? This event ripped away the mask of Obama as a great president—now he is seen for what he is—a great joke.

I'm not endorsing the action, but yes, as CIC she would have made a decision, which really is the issue.

30 posted on 09/30/2013 5:57:46 PM PDT by SJackson ( The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. BF)
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To: SJackson
Nothing impeachable here

I believe that The Constitution lists "some" impeachable offenses, but I don't think impeachment is limited strictly to those. The commie bastard could be IMPEACHED and REMOVED for anything, and failing to abide by and enforce a duly enacted law [in this case the War Powers Act], certainly qualifies.

31 posted on 10/01/2013 5:50:34 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Proudly FReeping and Exercising My First Amendment Rights for 15 Years!)
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To: SJackson
Nothing impeachable here

I believe that The Constitution lists "some" impeachable offenses, but I don't think impeachment is limited strictly to those. The commie bastard could be IMPEACHED and REMOVED for anything, and failing to abide by and enforce a duly enacted law [in this case the War Powers Act], certainly qualifies.

32 posted on 10/01/2013 5:50:34 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Proudly FReeping and Exercising My First Amendment Rights for 15 Years!)
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To: SJackson
"For France to act independently on hours notice absent what I can only presume was superior American force, I can see how that would be a problem for them."

I guess that was part of my point. In order for us to stop being the world's police force, the rest of the western nations have to start stepping up to the plate, build up their own military forces so they don't have to rely on us everytime they want to project military power to advance their own national interests.

These same western powers that constantly criticize us for our military use, rely on that same military when they want their own national interests advanced. They can't have it both ways.
33 posted on 10/01/2013 6:36:37 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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