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September 3, 2013 - 5:38 pm

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) announced tonight that they’ve reached an agreement on a draft for authorization of force in Syria that revises President Obama’s version:

“Sharing President Obama’s view that our nation is best served when we come together as one, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has crafted a bipartisan Authorization for the Use of Military Force that we believe reflects the will and concerns of Democrats and Republicans alike. Together we have pursued a course of action that gives the President the authority he needs to deploy force in response to the Assad regime’s criminal use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people, while assuring that the authorization is narrow and focused, limited in time, and assures that the Armed Forces of the United States will not be deployed for combat operations in Syria. The mass atrocity committed by the Assad regime in grave violation of international law requires American leadership. We have an obligation to act, not witness and watch while a humanitarian tragedy is unfolding in plain view. With this agreement, we are one step closer to granting the President the authority to act in our national security interest. I thank Ranking Member Corker for his continued collaboration and partnership and look forward to our work together in the days ahead.”

The committee still has a classified hearing behind closed doors tomorrow morning. The panel then is likely to come into open session to discuss the agreement and perhaps take a vote.

UPDATE: Menendez convened an 11:30 a.m. Wednesday committee meeting to consider the legislation.

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 "no boots on the ground" crap is nothing but lies, and they have to know it. If you have planes in the air, they can have problems -- or get shot down. If so, the crew has to leave the planes. That means someone has to be there to rescue the pilots. That's either teams nearby that react, or pre-positioned teams, or both. So, "boots on the ground".

Also, air strikes are most effective with people on-the-spot to direct them and assess the results. That means "boots on the ground".

None of these politicians have enough character or maturity to deserve to lick the boots of a US serviceman just out of basic training. They should all be sent into retirement.
47 weeks ago
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So they decided our fate.
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Farking idiots. For what possible reason do we want to even involve ourselves in that stinking hole known as "Syria" anyways?

Can they even tell us what the National Strategic interest here is, other than "to keep Obama from looking stupid?"
47 weeks ago
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Ann Coulter Syria Shows 'You Cannot Trust Democrats to Be Commander in Chief'

http://commoncts.blogspot.com/2013/09/ann-coulter-syria-shows-you-cannot.html
47 weeks ago
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I guess the NSA scooped up enough blackmail evidence to allow us to go to war for Al Queda.
47 weeks ago
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We are about to cross the Rubicon. It is amazing that Ralph Peters' book was right on a couple of things. Completely wrong on bashing Christians and such but he did get the right part of the world. Hope he is wrong on the nuclear parts as well.
47 weeks ago
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Well guys, was it the underage prostitutes (pedophile Menendez) or just plain money that changed the minds of these two Senatwh*res this evening. Now there will be another week or two for this unlawful administration to blackmail or bribe the rest of the wh*res in both houses of Congress into a unanimous vote "for" this atrocity. Maybe they will take a page from the last election and get 110 "Senators" and 478 "Representatives" to give them a yes vote (kinda like the 110% turnout for obama in some precincts in the last so-called honest election). Dollars -to-a-hole-in-a-donut the media and most of the brain-dead obama voters from 2012 WOULDN'T . EVEN . NOTICE!!
47 weeks ago
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Funny, but I have been wondering recently why it is that Republicans seem to be so compliant with the Obama administration and had come to the conclusion that the Chicago political mafia had personally addressed all members of Congress with personalized ultimate....Nice political career you have here. It'd be a shame if those pics of you with under-aged same-sex farm animal were to emerge.
Now, would you like to comply?

That's the way the Republican "opposition" is behaving, it seems.

I thought so.

47 weeks ago
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ultimate = ultimatums = ultimate

or something

Latin as a second language. I need federal funding to perfect my Latin.
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