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US Congressional Leaders Welcome Vote on Syria Strike

Dome of the United States Capitol, Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., July 28, 2011 file photo.Dome of the United States Capitol, Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., July 28, 2011 file photo.
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Dome of the United States Capitol, Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., July 28, 2011 file photo.
Dome of the United States Capitol, Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., July 28, 2011 file photo.
Cindy Saine
U.S. congressional leaders are welcoming the surprise announcement by President Barack Obama that he will seek a vote from both chambers of Congress to authorize any military strikes against the Syrian government for alleged chemical weapons attacks.
 
More than 140 U.S. lawmakers had signed a letter to President Obama asking him to seek congressional approval before taking any military action on Syria. But Congress is out for its summer recess until September 9, lawmakers are scattered throughout the country, and it appeared that the president was contemplating imminent action.
 
But on Saturday, the president caught many by surprise by announcing he would seek a vote in Congress when lawmakers return. Obama said he did not need congressional authorization, but that he would like to have it.
 
"Yet while I believe I have the authority to carry out this military action without specific congressional authorization, I know that the country will be stronger if we take this course, and our actions will be even more effective," he said. "We should have this debate because the issues are too big for business as usual. And this morning, John Boehner, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell agreed that this is the right thing to do for our democracy."
 
In a written statement, the Republican leadership of the House of Representatives welcomed the president's decision, saying that under the Constitution, the responsibility to declare war lies with Congress. House Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team said they expect the chamber to consider a measure the week of September 9, giving the president time to make his case to Congress and the American people. A number of senators also welcomed the decision.
 
Veteran political analyst Larry Sabato said he believes President Obama had a sudden and very wise change of heart.
 
"President Obama was on track essentially to launch a unilateral attack on Syria. I don't even know that we would have had any allies," he said. "After the decision by the House of Commons in Britain [to reject military action against Syria], I think the president woke up to the realities."
 
Sabato and other experts say the president will have a lot of work to do to make a strong case to try to persuade Congress to vote for military action.
 
"I don't think he has a majority right now in either house; certainly he doesn't in the House of Representatives," he said. "But even the Democratically controlled Senate has a lot of questions about this."
 
The White House already is starting to make its case, saying that top administration officials will brief House members on Capitol Hill Sunday afternoon.

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by: Malek Towghi, Ph.D. from: Michigan, USA
September 01, 2013 3:31 PM
Given my strong opposition, so far, to a US military intervention in Syria, I will be saying something different, following the wisdom of a Persian / Farsi proverb that says: 'Each point has its own time and place', "HAR SOKHAN MOQA' VA HAR NOKTEH MAQAAM-i DAARAD". Now that our country's -- and our otherwise great president's -- credibility is in danger ... and the internal demagogues and external enemies are trying to exploit the situation ... something must be done to minimize the damage.

Based on John Kerry's discovery of the "new evidence that sarin gas was used in a chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government that killed 1,400 people last month", President Obama should do the following, immedeiately and simultaneously:

1) ask for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to consider also the new evidences of the Bashar Assad regime's violations of international law/s and its gross violations of human rights in Syria. In this new request, President Obama should tell the UN that the international response must aim at A) complete annihilation of the Assad regime and B) establishment of a provisional Syrian Government supervised and protected by the UN.

2) tell US Congress that the US response will aim at complete destruction of the Assad regime and its killing machine and its replacement with a provisional Syrian government.

NO TALK OF A LIMITED OPERATION, PLEASE!

by: andrewborovskikh@gmail.co
September 01, 2013 10:47 AM
It’s not Barack Obama’s indecision, it’s his sense of responsibility, that makes him hesitate. He is a good father and a good husband and a good statesman. A statesman with a capital S. God help him make the right decision not to plunge the country into a new war. After all, the US economy is only just starting doing well. Let him go on hesitating. Do not press him too hard. Sometimes it’s wiser to hesitate to one’s heart’s content than display the prrresidential vigor and start something to have done it again.

by: manny from: usa
September 01, 2013 3:31 AM
Hmmm... based on a VOA article in re Libya I understood that he does not need their authority. Kerry himself was saying that.
Rather than continue fighting the came to a final vote
"By a vote of 14 to 5, the Foreign Relations Committee approved the resolution after adopting language specifying that the United States will bear no reconstruction costs and deploy no ground forces in a post-Gadhafi Libya"
In violation of that resolution we know with Benghazi they had ground forces there , lots of Cia before during and after, and others hired as pvt security .
In fact a huge network..
So I take it this gesture is just to get supplemental funding as they are broke , with a goal of just taking out a few targets..a symbolic gesture.
I guess thats like taking a white glove and smacking the guy twice in the face as in a in a duel..take a few paces...and its all over honor restored.
But the heck with the will of the people who dont want this mess and have to pay for it ,not to mention the ripple effect on gas, our already tattered image, and creation of more terrorists. Jesus Christ will all you career servants in the foreign office just give it up?

No ground forces in Syria? really? how about the 3k proxies and trainers US, in Jordan, already in Allepo, etc..
There isn't anything symbolic...and its another path to failure if we go in..congress or no congress.

Nice setup here...attractive site.



by: wavettore from: USA
August 31, 2013 11:14 PM
There is no doubt that these chemical attacks were carried out by the opposition rebels guided by Israeli, UK and US secret services. Like there is no doubt that Obama was pushed over and over to fight this war and finally fell into the trap of the Zionists.
But this uncomfortable position could offer the perfect timing for Obama to turn the boat around and change the American foreign policy. The same hidden hand that that carried out 9/11 and supplied the false evidence before the Iraq war is now responsible for these chemical attacks to escalate the Conflict. Instead of an aimless attack in Syria, Obama should put all his efforts to first find those responsible for the attacks and then go after their sponsors. Then he would find out that CIA and other secret State agencies are acting independently from the US president and under the umbrella of an Anglo-Judaic group with an agenda aiming at a War of Religion meaning World War 3.
This parallel government of Zionists is the most dangerous threat to the whole Humankind.

There is one single Solution.

http://www.wavevolution.org/en/humanwaves.html



by: Kevin Mark Bauer from: Montreal,Quebec
August 31, 2013 10:26 PM
I have a much better solution than a long protracted war. Chemical weapons were used,no doubt. The Americans say they have unequivocal evidence of Assad's regime using chemical weapons. The solution is for a multinational U.N. force,that includes Russia and China, announce to the World that they have an arrest warrant for Assad. Take him back to the Hague and put him on trial. This would send a message to all Governments around the World that they are not immune to prosecution from the World governing body( U.N.) and because the Russians and Chinese are there as well as the Americans,British etc.,,no one will fight them on it. And a despot is in prison if convicted. The Government that ruled with Assad still has control,they just have to elect another leader or hold an election.

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