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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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Well, if Congress slaps Obama down, something good might com out of this mess he's gotten himself in.

But you watch, the Democrats will be beating the drums for war.
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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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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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"This Country's Going to War"- Duck Soup

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyeKYQdYISg
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I wonder if his "I'm going to Congress' permission first" is really our child-president realizing for the first time in his life that he's in over his head.
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Nope, he said that he's going to war whether or not Congress supports him. Its somehow a terrible thing that Sec. Kerry had better speech writers, he made a better and legally sound reason for attacking Syria. Pres Obama not so much.
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P.S.

Try this paste if the other one won't work. The article is worth reading.

"Bombing Into Unintended Consequences in Syria | The Counter ...
counterjihadreport.com/.../bombing-into-unintended-consequences-in-syria...
8 hours ago - by Abigail R. Esman: In the Netherlands these days, politicians discuss revoking the passports of citizens who join the opposition to Bashar ..."
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It is whole EU Parliament which will enact the Law Forbidding its citizens to wage Jihad in Syria. These are refugees from former wars who found refuge in various EU countries as children with their parents- becoming citizens. Belgian parliament stopped welfare payments for Jihadists in Syria- since they are not living in their homes any more for over a year- all went to Syria.
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With all of Kerry's talk of knowing what rockets were fired from where, when, if it turns out the rebels did indeed attack themselves with chemicals through mishandling, Obama will have one giant egg on his face.

What a circus this guy's Presidency has been. Every nuthatch from the far fringes with mental health issues supports this guy and that's the secret to his success - morons who can get to a voting station.
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Obama has now, by his latest evasion, exposed his insecurity and inherent uncertainty; and is now passing the buck to Congress after declaring that "I" have not yet made "a decision".....and having had time to hear the generalized public wanting to stay out of that very, very complicated cesspool.

This is an excellent article to read for those who're not yet convinced that we [Americans] should stay out of Syria, "rockets red glare" notwithstanding:

Pasted: "Guest Column: Bombing Into Unintended Consequences in Syria

by Abigail R. Esman
Special to IPT News
August 30, 2013

http://www.investigativeproject.org/4145/guest-column-bombing-into-unintended-consequences"; ....end paste.

Remember that Syrie is a modern French creation.

The hypocrisy of the snarkily unspoken, but explicit expectation of the bleating West-Europeans for America to step into these Asian messes is disgusting. Now, they [France in particular, must put up or shut up.] The Europeans will "vigorously deny" this, of course.

Of course it's tragic about the vulnerable civilians gassed in Syria, just as Saddam gassed his own people. The London Blitz was tragic, Tokyo fire bombing was tragic, as was the whole Second World War. This perspective has been omitted just about everywhere. [...perhaps these left over gas canisters not "found" in Iraq after we got rid of Saddam for the World...are the very ones being used now in Syria, anyone remember those truck convoys headed across the border into Syria at the collapse of Iraq?....I thought not.

But what can a United Nations "Resolution Of Condemnation" actually......do? Imply that 'the Ameddicans" [sic] go to save their asses? .....with our young blood?

[Apologies for the unintended length here, but I've lived through enough of this Asian B.S. to be able to say, "Enough! Stay Out!".]

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