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August 31, 2013 - 11:31 am
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With Vice President Joe Biden at his side, President Obama promised in a Rose Garden address that he would seek authorization from Congress to strike at Syria.

Obama said inaction against the regime of Bashar al-Assad “risks making a mockery of the global prohibition on the use of chemical weapons.”

“It endangers our friends and our partners along Syria’s borders, including Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq.  It could lead to escalating use of chemical weapons, or their proliferation to terrorist groups who would do our people harm. In a world with many dangers, this menace must be confronted.”

“After careful deliberation, I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets,” said Obama.

He added that he’s “confident we can hold the Assad regime accountable for their use of chemical weapons, deter this kind of behavior, and degrade their capacity to carry it out.”

“The chairman of the Joint Chiefs has informed me that we are prepared to strike whenever we choose. Moreover, the chairman has indicated to me that our capacity to execute this mission is not time-sensitive; it will be effective tomorrow, or next week, or one month from now. And I’m prepared to give that order.”

But, he continued, “mindful that I’m president of the world’s oldest constitutional democracy… I will seek authorization for the use of force from the American people’s representatives in Congress.”

There’s no indication that Congress will return earlier than Sept. 9, though, to begin considering such an authorization.

Obama said he’d spoken today with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to discuss bringing the issue to the floor after recess.

He lamented that the UN Security Council is “completely paralyzed and unwilling to hold Assad accountable.”

“I know that the country will be stronger if we take this course and our actions will be more effective,” Obama continued, saying the congressional leaders “agreed it is the right thing to do for our democracy.”

The president said it’s a tough crossroads the country faces, but “I wasn’t elected to avoid hard decisions.”

“We cannot raise our children in a world where we will not follow through on the things we say, the accords we sign, the values that define us,” Obama said. “…We will insist that an atrocity committed with chemical weapons is not simply investigated, it must be confronted.”

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The mistake here is comparing this situation to GWB's actions in 03'. No, this is Clintonesque Wag the Dog all the way.

Blowing up an empty Iraqi Intel headquarters in the middle of the night. Cruise missile up a camel's butt. Monica wars. Aspirin factory. Operation "Desert Fox" on impeachment night (for years thereafter I would break into spontaneous giggles when I imagined a political cartoon of Our Bill in the iconic Rommel pose--with his trademark cap, goggles and binoculars). This is all about shooting off a few cruise missiles to save Obama's face, and nothing else.

Problem is, everybody at both ends of the political spectrum knows this damned well, and for even most Dems this is a bridge too far.

Currently, Obama's brilliant plan is to first telegraph to Bashar where he's gonna hit. Then shoot off a few rockets, make a soaring speech as to how he has just saved the world, then bask in the accolades of his praise singers while the Dems in congress do the "Freedonia's Going To War" song and dance number from the Marx Bros. "Duck Soup", then take another well-earned vacation, to be followed by another blissful campaign tour of college campuses, union picnics and abortion clinics.

That's his plan, at any rate. But I think he's getting cold feet. I'm betting that his internal polls and phone calls to the Hill are telling him otherwise. I'm agreeing with those who say that he's desperate to find an excuse to stand down and blame it on the wascally Wepubwicans and the perfidious Brits.
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The half-wit Obama has apparently been able to finally understand, at some level anyway, what a mess he has created so now he wants to share responsibility for it with congress.
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But, he continued, “mindful that I’m president of the world’s oldest constitutional democracy… I will seek authorization for the use of force from the American people’s representatives in Congress.”
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The 'constitutional' professor can't even get that right! We are a REPUBLIC.

How do we elect these stupid morons???
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With Bin Ladin it was always "I". Now that he is considering some serious action he wants to share the responsibility, and the blame. Currently these delays are giving obama's muslim brotherhood comrades some time to move stuff.
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Kabuki Theatre 101. Why is MSM obsessed with Syria? Why, all of a sudden, WAR is their "drum roll?" Because the "prevaricator-in-chief" is once again leading from behind. Say, anybody hear about Obama's signing of Executive Orders granting amnesty to some estimated 22 million (or more) illegal aliens on 8/26/213? and how's about that Executive Order making gun ownership in all USA ILLEGAL??? This last is the most sweeping since Clinton administration's Brady Bill banning assault weapons, certain ammo and magazine sizes. Yep, Constitutional scholar is shredding America's Constitutional Republic to teeny-tiny little pieces. Happy now???Pray. Amen. How's that "Planned economy" working out for you???HUH???One must remember, while Obama is busy waving his left hand around (Syrian "problem"), it's the right hand one must watch carefully...more surprises are pulled out of the tall, black hat especially when congress is on recess. Wake-up America, she's on life support. Join a Tea Party, urgently!!!
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"Congressional Authorization" to come to Al Queda's aid after a clumsy attempt at a false flag attack.

Anyone supporting this should be stripped of their citizenship and forcibly deported to Syria so they can fight for Al Queda themselves without dragging the rest of the country into this mess.
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The USURPER is nothing if not a wily POLITICIAN. He saw what happened in UK he sees that the American people do not want to fight another war especially a war which is strictly Muslim against Muslim and one in which there is no GOOD side to support. So Wily Coyote that he is he says HE is in favour of the attack ( Nobel Peace Prize awarders hang your heads in shame) but that now he will ask Congress all the time insisting he can do it ALONE if he wants to. So its heads he wins if Congress supports him and tails he wins if Congress refuses as he can then HIDE and say see they would not let me do it. This man is a SNAKE and definitely NOT a Leader.
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America no longer has a military, not according to Obama anyway, it's his military. He said it again just recently, "My military ..." and "When I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf ...".

The only other head of state I can imagine ever having said, "My military" and "fighting on my behalf" is Adolf Hitler. I'm not even sure Adolf Hitler was that much of a megalomaniac. I think we are into Pharaoh territory here ... or at least King 'I am the State" Louie. This destructive man has become utterly mad and should be confined to a mental institution, and this is what Congress should take up when it returns to being in session.
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So he will ask Congress to do it for the children.
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Apparently the Obama is making decisions under duress. According to a report this afternoon, the president was furious after discovering Vladimir Putin unfriended him on Facebook. http://goo.gl/60cl9Z
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Pres.Obama by his own words and actions has given Syria's Assad at least to September 9,2013 time to arrange the 'war games'. Right now Assad is bussing the protest-prisoners to various 'military target' areas. Iran's Majlis representatives are issuing dire warnings in Damascus and Lebanon (Dailystar.lb)- Russia is ready to occupy the Baltics (former SSRs in U.S.S.R.) Hamas arrested the Egyptian cultural leader in Gaza Strip- terrorists tried to sink a contasiner ship in the Suez Canal while one of US ships again is moored near Aden. Assad has time to exhibit the next round of his CWs- while Secr. of State Kerry was speaking- Assad's ar force dropped bombs- either napalm or thermite killing 10 outright and seriously injuring ca. 50 others. FDR spoke of quarantine- Pres.Harry S Truman acted with might to end WWII vs.Japan- save Europe -calling Congress to act (he spoke in Congress). US 'New Age Guru President thinks by saying 'Assad has to go' is the new 'Open Sesame'. Red Lines meaning Rote Liinen (by leaving one letter out).All over the world's websites one can see maps/ships/air bases/satellite images- yet until September 9, Assad's missiles will not be there where Obama adm. has put them.
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