Get PJ Media on your Apple

The PJ Tatler

by
Bridget Johnson

Bio

August 26, 2013 - 7:52 am
Page 1 of 2  Next ->   View as Single Page

A Democratic congressman said the credibility of the White House is on the line if it refuses to act on the red line it drew regarding Syria’s use of chemical weapons.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), a senior member of the House Intelligence Committee, has previously expressed reluctance to arm Syrian rebels or wade too far into the conflict — reluctance driven by his belief that “the mission wasn’t clear.”

“We weren’t going to provide enough weapons to make a difference on the battlefield, but we could very much be drawn into this civil war,” Schiff said on CNN.

“Here, though, I think we’ve always had a national security interest in deterring the use of chemical weapons and taking strong action against the use of chemical weapons. If this is confirmed, then I think the White House will have to act in concert with our allies, with NATO, with our regional friends. I don’t think we can allow repeated use of chemical weapons now, an escalated use of chemical weapons to stand,” the congressman continued. “If we do, it encourages the broader use of chemical weapons in other conflicts. And we have a core national security interest in making sure that doesn’t happen.”

Schiff was asked about the assessment of two of his colleagues, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), that action on Syria could happen soon and not necessarily with congressional authorization.

“I think it very well could happen soon. And I think that’s the message that the Assad regime already has, my suspicion is the reason they’re now willing to allow UN inspectors in, they think in the absence of doing that, that action could be imminent and this helps them buy some time,” Schiff said.

“I think, you know, the White House has drawn a red line. And in terms of the credibility of the White House, the cost of not acting now I think exceeds the cost of acting. But they have to be careful to do this in concert with our allies. They have to be careful to limit the scope of what they’re trying to achieve. they have to make sure they make it clear. This does not determine design to bring the regime down, that’s too big a mission, it’s designed to deter any use of chemical weapons by Assad or others. I think there will be bipartisan support for that. And I think that the cost of inaction now is too high if this is confirmed.”

Comments are closed.

Top Rated Comments   
"heads are long overdue to roll and the tyrants have it coming. Enough is enough."

That's my feeling about the Obama regime. Congress should tell Obama to sit down, and shut up! Congress, and ONLY Congress, has the Constitutional right to declare war.
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
Obama Inc has ZERO credibility, as well as MAXIMUM culpability in the ensuing Mid East fires, and the upcoming conflagration too. How so? For it is not as if inter-tribal Islamic warfare is anything new. In fact, it is centuries old.

However, things are not as they seem, at least on the geo-political front - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/08/26/benghazi-jihadis-the-connection-to-u-s-military-trainers-syrias-chemical-warfare-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

We, in Israel, are battening down the hatches, and have Barack HUSSEIN Obama to thank for it - the Pyromaniac-in-Chief!

Adina Kutnicki , Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
Since Assad was already in control of Syria when Obama took office, it's obviously Bush's fault.

I was watching FOX last night and some talking head was saying there are several rebel groups fighting Assad and Obama should help out the good one. My thought was, after Assad is gone, the "several groups" will start fighting each other and the muslim brotherhood aka Al Qaeda, will come out on top, since they have all the funding. Let them kill each other without expending U.S. treasure and lives. We will ge the blame if we act and we will get he blame if we don't act. Side with Russia this time and stay out of it. We have no strategic interest in Syria.
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
All Comments   (21)
All Comments   (21)
Sort: Newest Oldest Top Rated
Obama has to do something because his poll numbers have crashed and with the unpopularity of Obamacare, his popularity is not going to rise.
He will launch air strikes on Assad's forces. He needs the diversion from his administration's numerous scandals and Obamacare before the mid-term elections. It's the "look squirrel" strategy and his sycophants in the media will play along.
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
Yes sir. A crisis is a terrible thing to waste!
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
"heads are long overdue to roll and the tyrants have it coming. Enough is enough."

That's my feeling about the Obama regime. Congress should tell Obama to sit down, and shut up! Congress, and ONLY Congress, has the Constitutional right to declare war.
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
like Susan responded I'm amazed that some people able to profit $4338 in a few weeks on the internet. did you read this webpage
w­w­w.J­A­M­3­0.c­o­m
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
The Russian Foreign Ministry has already called his bluff. It was the diplomatic equivalent of a nuke.

Over the last few weeks, the diplomatic back and forth between Russia, China and the US over this has been spinning out of control.

If I were a certain group of scientists, the Doomsday Clock would now be set to one minute to midnight.
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
http://nyyrc.com/blog/2013/08/what-the-hell-is-going-on-in-syria/

The conflict in Syria has four distinct strands:

1. Secularism (strongmen like Gaddafi, Mubarak, and Assad) vs. Sharia (Muslim Brotherhood)
2. Christianity vs. Islam (on a superficial level, anyway)
3. Russian Organized Crime (PKK) & North Korea vs. Qatari Organized Crime (al Qaeda)
4. U.S.A. vs. Russia (in an apparent continuation of the Cold War, with our new ally being the Muslim Brotherhood [??])

Bonus-
5. Throw in Obama vs. Putin (Alex Dugin) in the struggle for LGBT equality, and you have a decent picture of the world today.

Finally, consider the anecdote that Hezbollah and Israel are actually on the same side – supporting Assad – and we’re against them both. Israel, it seems, has defected to Russia. Could this get any stranger?
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
Russia has gone flat tax, small government, condemns sodomy, promotes babies and families, stays out of stupid wars, etc.

Looks like Reagan came back as Putin! May be the conversion of Russia is already afoot!
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
That famous "Red Line" has already been breached, in May this year:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10039672/UN-accuses-Syrian-rebels-of-chemical-weapons-use.html
UN commissar Carla del Ponte found that the rebels had been using poison gas.
Well, that was a bit inconvenient for Obama, wasn't it, given that he's been supporting the rebels - so no military intervention necessary.
Free after Orwell: some chemical weapons are bad, but some are 'badder' thatn others ...
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
Schiff reads like a New Age mouth piece. We don't need Congress, do things in concert with our regional friends. WTF over?

Schiff needs to be tried for Treason. Did Schiff get a load of cash for reelection for running his suck for the NATO agenda?
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
People don't realize what a problem Obama has with Syria. He's not one to make decisions in general, but typically he can make a decision when there is a conflict pitting a pro-American group against an anti-American group (of course he backs the latter). In Syria, both sides hate our guts, yet Obama can't support both of them! What a dilemma!
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
Boy, americans both those who slavishly worship the Obama and neo con republicans sure love to go to war and will find a casus belli anywhere they want to. Maimed bodies and boy bags are part and participle of American governance.
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
I wish I could give you a thumbs down.

I do not want our troops in the middle east for any one of those people. Let the arabs kill each other. Seems like a win-win to me.
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
"Maimed bodies and boy bags are part and participle of American governance."

That's Obama's twisted world view, and is the reason US foreign policy is so screwed up right now.
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
Public school education, eh?
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
Obama Inc has ZERO credibility, as well as MAXIMUM culpability in the ensuing Mid East fires, and the upcoming conflagration too. How so? For it is not as if inter-tribal Islamic warfare is anything new. In fact, it is centuries old.

However, things are not as they seem, at least on the geo-political front - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/08/26/benghazi-jihadis-the-connection-to-u-s-military-trainers-syrias-chemical-warfare-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

We, in Israel, are battening down the hatches, and have Barack HUSSEIN Obama to thank for it - the Pyromaniac-in-Chief!

Adina Kutnicki , Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
Schiff is wrong. After five years of Obama's lying, obfuscation, and misdirection, the White House, and the Obama regime, have no credibility. Not with the American people, and not with the world.
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
1 2 Next View All

One Trackback to “House Dem: White House Credibility on the Line with Syria Red Line”