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Obama Answers Call to Speak Directly on Syria with Kerry as Proxy

Boehner: "The president has an obligation to the American people to explain the rationale for the course of action he chooses."

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Bridget Johnson

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August 26, 2013 - 6:26 pm
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The speaker said surveys showing American hesitancy to intervene in Syria are “understandable,” and underscore “the need for the president to fully explain what is at stake and outline why he believes action is necessary.”

“If U.S. action is imminent, it is our hope that the president doesn’t forget his obligations – to Congress, but, also, to speak directly to the American people,” Boehner said.

That message wasn’t just coming from Republicans.

“I think the president will need to go before the American people and explain exactly what actually we’re taking in concert with others and why,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), a senior member of the House Intelligence Committee.

“Certainly I think whatever we do will be with our allies, NATO, and others. I think there has to be a coalition. We cannot go through the United Nations because the Russians veto everything and block everything. So I think that there have been consultations over the past several days, and I think that that there’s been a decision and I think we’ll hear about it soon,” said Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

“There are many difficult decisions, all bad choices in Syria,” Engel added. “As I’ve said before, the worst bad of all the choices is for us to do nothing.”

Russia is under the impression that the action will be coming soon, according to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in a hastily called press conference today.

“Western leaders are making statements that indicate that they won’t wait for the results of this commission, they have already decided everything,” Lavrov said in reference to UN investigations of the attack. “It’s a very dangerous slippery slope that our Western partners have gone on before. I hope common sense prevails.”

Lavrov accused the West of “repeating the Iraqi and Libyan scenario.”

“Official Washington, London and Paris say they have incontrovertible evidence that the Syrian government is behind the chemical attack in Damascus, but they have not yet presented this evidence. Yet, they keep saying that the ‘red line’ has been crossed,” he said. “Now, we are hearing calls for a military campaign against Bashar Assad.”

Russia is an ally of the Assad regime and its top arms supplier. Opposition sources indicated to PJ Media tonight that the delivery system used to send the chemical weapons into the Damascus suburb might have been Iranian.

The Pentagon has taken heat from Congress for continuing its relationship with Russian state-owned arms exporter Rosoboronexport in a contract worth more than half a billion dollars to supply the Afghan National Security Forces with Mi-17 helicopters.

Assad gave an exclusive interview to Russian newspaper Izvestia in which he denied launching the chemical weapons strike and said he expected his friends at the Kremlin to have his back.

“Certainly, we expect Russia to block any interpretation that aims to serve American and western policies,” he said. “…I have a strong relationship with President Putin, which spans back many years even before the crisis.”

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said this morning that he hopes the administration comes to Congress — which is out on recess until Sept. 9 — “at some point” for authorization of action against Syria.

“But I think you’re gonna see a surgical, proportional strike against the Assad regime for what they have done. And I support that,” said Corker, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“Hopefully as soon as we get back, Congress will take up an authorization for this. It’s the right thing to do. That’s what the American people expect their elected officials to be involved in.”

In the meantime, Corker added, “I think the Assad regime would be totally idiotic to take any additional steps in the short term relative to additional chemical warfare.”

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Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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"The Syrian regime has blatantly crossed President Obama’s red line"? Since when do we draw the lines Syria has to toe? Blatantly disobeying Obama -- that's now an international crime?

What the Syrian government does internally -- even gassing protestors -- is not our business. We can't enforce morality and civility world-wide.

And we don't want Obama going to war, on his own say-so, whenever he feels like it, as if he were Hitler or Mussolini or some other autocrat.


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US aircrews have a history of putting pointed messages on the bombs that were to be dropped on various enemies. Perhaps tomorrow's messages for Assad could read: This is for Trayvon; Assad - Reform This!; Don't Call My Bluff; ObamaCare doesn't cover this; We'll drop Hillary the next time; Red lines are more than Obama's promises; From one Bro to another; Sunni or later I'll get you; Sharianara; and Obombs away.

Appears that the WMD that Obama, Gore and Dems accused Bush of lying about are now the excuse for acts of war against Syria.
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IF ASSAD IS BEING WRONGFULLY BLAMED FOR GASSING HIS PEOPLE AFTER KILLING THEM EN MASSE SO MUCH THE BETTER.

His fall will be a mighty blow to Iran and Hezbollah-the two worst actors in the region followed by their Sunni counterparts. I pray that Obama (following Bush and Blair) does a Saddam on Assad and brings down his regime even if it means the Brotherhood replacing him-the lesser of two evils (but not for Syrian Christians, Alowites and women). And if the venture goes awry Obama will be blamed, with the left tearing him apart like vicious wolves branding him George Bush and Cheney II. What a spectacle that would be. And what a boon for Conservatives and the GOP.

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Kerry is not a golfer and has a more flexible schedule than Obama, so it only natural that he is the official talking head; and his gravely basso delivery is more impressive than Obama's whiney speech pattern.
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Not forcefully acting by doing everything necessary to neutralize the use of chemical weapons against a defenseless population is to legitimize the their use. Their use by the Syrians has become frequent and more intensive leading to the current massacre. If we do nothing it would be a moral travesty. Selective bombing to prevent massive attacks on civilians could have changed the course of history. What if we had bombed the railroad tracks to Auschwitz. Bill Clinton's biggest regret was not intervening in Rwanda and not preventing the massacres that occurred there. Taking out these chemical weapons will send a clear message to the world."never again."
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"The Syrian regime has blatantly crossed President Obama’s red line"? Since when do we draw the lines Syria has to toe? Blatantly disobeying Obama -- that's now an international crime?

What the Syrian government does internally -- even gassing protestors -- is not our business. We can't enforce morality and civility world-wide.

And we don't want Obama going to war, on his own say-so, whenever he feels like it, as if he were Hitler or Mussolini or some other autocrat.


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Now, America is officially the bad guy in the situation. If this continues to spiral out of control, this is WWIII, and we started it...because someone else held a civil war and we weren't invited.

The only way to stop it is to grab our guns, march on D.C. and perform citizen's arrests on politicians and bureaucrats who support this war, which will kick off our own civil war while the world war begins. Just...great. We're all out of options, here. ...and we're almost outta time.

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It's not Syria we should do anything about, and it is not Afghanistan we should nation build. It's Mexico.

I'm sorry, I am thinking like a Nationalist. If I was a UN puke blue wearing fool supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, and their hold on region 4 of the WTO, I would attack Syria.

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So its ok to kill civilians with guns bombs or machetes - any way you chose to - just don't gas them?

I've always thought of this as a conundrum.

Dead is dead...
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Kerry: We have just watched a shocking, inmoral slaughter of civilians in Syria. Now we have to respond with some moral slaughter of civilians.
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This demented clown, Clown Kerry, is from the same demented clown show that told us, and repeatedly, and in no uncertain terms, Benghazi was caused by an obscure video. Who can any longer believe anything they say?
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Firstly, for anyone to expect the POTUS to notify Congress (as he is mandated to) of any war plans, well, keep smoking your dope. He entered Libya under the illegal cover of R2P, and without entering Libya Syria would not be blowing up - literally.

So, once one recognizes that a rogue regime is leading in Washington, the next question is: is there an American interest to enter Syria? Well, if one understands that Syria is a 100% puppet of Iran, and if one recognizes that showing Iran that 'red lines' are not just color codes, surely it is intrinsic to demonstrate that the world's worst weapons can NEVER be in the hands of terror leaders without them having to pay a terrible price!

Make NO mistake. Syria's use of chemical weapons - whether by the so called 'rebels', mostly, Al Qaeda and Brotherhood terrorists, or by Assad's goons - the Iranian mullahs are watching if America is really a paper tiger. Inaction will assure that Iran not only use their chemical arsenals, but nukes too!

In any case, what's in a 'red line'? - http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/12/28/where-has-netanyahus-red-line-gone-barack-hussein-obamas-promises-too-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
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And if we jump into Syria on the side of the "rebels" that will confirm to the whole world that we are morons.
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