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August 31, 2013 - 12:09 pm
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President Obama delivered an astonishing speech on Syria in the Rose Garden this afternoon. The Syrian government apparently crossed the “red line,” using chemical weapons against civilians on August 21. Ten days later, Obama stepped forward to articulate his plan…to delay any American response until at least September 9. That’s when Congress returns to Washington, at which time, the president said today, in his hectoring tone,  he will take military strikes on Syria up for debate and a vote.

Consulting Congress and getting its approval is the right thing to do, unless a threat is so imminent that the president does not have time. That is not the case in Syria. The alleged chemical attack is already 10 days old. Obama should have sought authority to strike before launching the air war in Libya. He did not, and went on to conduct military operations beyond his statutory war powers. In the case of Syria’s use of chemical weapons, the groundwork for congressional approval should have begun August 22nd, not August 31st. Actually, it should have begun in 2012.

Now we’re left with a strange timetable. Secretary of State John Kerry made a strong case Friday that Syria’s actions represent a significant enough threat to America’s national security that we must act. Most Americans do not agree, but Kerry was delivering the Obama administration’s urgent position on Syria. But later Friday and especially today, President Obama poured cold water on the idea that there could be very much urgency to the threat. It certainly is not imminent. If it was, the missiles would be flying. Obama has just given Assad another fortnight to move his SCUDs and other potential targets, and line up his responses should the U.S. attack.

Additionally, Kerry’s statements this week did not appear to move the needle with Congress or the public. Odds are that another week plus of no action will not raise the appetite for military action.

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Send in the clowns.......................don't bother they're here.
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With Bin Ladin, obama used "I". With this situation and its various possible outcomes, he uses "We". Aside from the fact that he should work with Congress, obama is simply hiding behind their skirts.
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"Obama appears weak, indecisive and unable to back up his own words. Assad is not the only enemy who is watching."

True enough, but regardless of the politics; going to Congress is the right thing to do, as well as being a constitutional requirement. Congressional approval will for the first time I believe, allow Obama to go forward with confidence, knowing that the full weight of the American people is with him. That alone, should scare the pants off those in Islam that thought him a friend, and it should give Israel confidence in Obama's promises to back them up; along with France and many others.
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This guy is truly incompetent.
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"Obama appears weak, indecisive and unable to back up his own words. Assad is not the only enemy who is watching."

Gee, ain't that what they said about Jimmy Carter?
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Is Barbara Lee still in congress? I wonder how she will vote "this" time.
33 weeks ago
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She is currently circulating a letter with 12 other anti-war (D)s asking Pres de Puppet to get an affirmative from Congress before flexing up in Assad's face and posting a really nasty comeback on Assad jr.'s facebook page.
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Oh come on! Perhaps the President DID vote "present" but......THAT IS THE RIGHT CALL!!! Give him some credit- a broken clock is right at least twice a day.
33 weeks ago
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Yes, he did make the right call; which will provide a pathway to unity ... something with which Obama is unfamiliar and in fact has made a career out of opposing by organizing to divide. Who knows; he might get to liking it (unity) and if he puts as much effort into it as he does in dividing people ... look out.
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In doing all his stupid routine he has put the world in grave danger. The enemies of the US who have ICBMs know for a fact that hey CAN COUNT ON HIS HESITATION. All they they need is about 1 minute and 45 seconds after launching an attack. They almost did it with JFK. You do the math now. This guy's mind is no broken: it is severely dysfunctional!
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meant to write: not broken.
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Just say NO.

Obama should not get a single Republican vote in either house (well, he'll get McCain and Grahamnesty, but they're not really Republicans....)

Kerry is a fool, Obama is a knave
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If King Saul decides to shoot some missiles Syria's way, just expect them to hit a baby food factory or something innocuous. Sadly, if he does hit something of importance, we'll soon see pictures of bodies of women and children who were put in the area to show mass carnage. The Small Man loses either way....
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Send in the clowns.......................don't bother they're here.
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