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    Congress not rushing back for Syria vote

    Congress not rushing back for Syria vote

    President Obama heeded the call of members of Congress who were demanding a vote on military action on Syria, but Congress will not rush back to Washington to take that vote.

    Obama and congressional leaders may well need the time to make the case to Congress to get enough members to support military action in Syria. Members of both parties have expressed skepticism about whether it's justified.

    Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced the House will hold a vote the week of Sept. 9, when Congress is scheduled to return from its summer break. The White House is already conducting briefings with lawmakers throughout the weekend, however.

    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., issued a statement Saturday saying that the Senate will hold public hearings and briefings on the issue next week. He said the Senate will vote on the resolution no later than the week of Sept. 9.

    "The decision to take military action is not one to be taken lightly, and this decision will receive the full and open debate it deserves," Reid said in the statement.

    "I believe the use of military force against Syria is both justified and necessary," Reid said. "I believe the United States has a moral obligation as well as a national security interest in defending innocent lives against such atrocities, and in enforcing international norms such as the prohibition against the use of chemical weapons."
    Good, more than likely Congress will vote down his authorization for force in Syria.
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    re: Congress not rushing back for Syria vote

    I will support my congressman if he votes for airstrikes only if an amendment changing the word "Syria" to "Detroit" passes. I really see this as a "Of course they won't pass it, Mr. President, then you do it anyway and blame the republicans for their obstructionism. That is what "bold" leadership is."

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    I was so angry when I heard the news...President Obama better have a dam good reason for doing this--like pushing for more extensive action than a limited and narrow strike... Right now the FSA feels betrayed, The Syrian Regime feels emboldened, and the USA feels embarrassed, or should...

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    While I don't support intervention in Syria, I am glad that President Obama is sending this to Congress to be dealt with. This is the way that war and similar acts should be. By no means does this mean that Obama is a great leader, all this means is that in this instance he is doing the right thing. Now we just need him to stop the drone strikes around the globe and I will be able to sleep easy tonight.
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    re: Congress not rushing back for Syria vote

    What's the purpose of an announced attack? According to Obama its a "shot over the bow." What happens when that doesn't work? The Syrians have had time to move their chemical stockpile around; probably back to parts unknown in Iraq.

    More fireworks at $1.4 million per cruise missile fired. Let it come out of his and congress's retirement fund.
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    re: Congress not rushing back for Syria vote

    Quote Originally Posted by Juanita View Post
    I was so angry when I heard the news...President Obama better have a dam good reason for doing this--like pushing for more extensive action than a limited and narrow strike... Right now the FSA feels betrayed, The Syrian Regime feels emboldened, and the USA feels embarrassed, or should...
    Really? What is the point of all of this? We dio not act as the world police as we let many huge human rights abuses happen without even a statement admonishing it. As the US we have allowed and even encouraged chemical weapons use in the past so we do not have a hard line on this. We have no interest in syria from a national standpoint. Action there is just pissing away money for a people who will not support us and for something that gives us no gain or loss. That is not to mention the US proclivity for collateral damage and harming innocents in these sorts of attacks. We are supposed to go hurt people because it might be considered weak to not live up to a red line Obama drew? People are supposed to die over a bunch of words we really did not care about? How progressive is it to be wrong and follow through on it because that is what needs to be done? Why bother giving blacks, women, gays, and minorities rights when we clearly said it was wrong in the past? Why bother changing any wrong policy we stood for? You can just call yourself a conservative because that is the mindset that clings onto past values and dislikes change.

    Obama may not always do the right thing, but putting it up to the legislature to decide in this case is what should happen. There is no UN resolution to back as per our treaties, so since this is solely up to the decision orf the US and not a priority for the world then the US legislature should make the decision and the president should enforce it as per the way the government was established.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tererun View Post
    Really? What is the point of all of this? We dio not act as the world police as we let many huge human rights abuses happen without even a statement admonishing it. As the US we have allowed and even encouraged chemical weapons use in the past so we do not have a hard line on this. We have no interest in syria from a national standpoint. Action there is just pissing away money for a people who will not support us and for something that gives us no gain or loss. That is not to mention the US proclivity for collateral damage and harming innocents in these sorts of attacks. We are supposed to go hurt people because it might be considered weak to not live up to a red line Obama drew? People are supposed to die over a bunch of words we really did not care about? How progressive is it to be wrong and follow through on it because that is what needs to be done? Why bother giving blacks, women, gays, and minorities rights when we clearly said it was wrong in the past? Why bother changing any wrong policy we stood for? You can just call yourself a conservative because that is the mindset that clings onto past values and dislikes change.

    Obama may not always do the right thing, but putting it up to the legislature to decide in this case is what should happen. There is no UN resolution to back as per our treaties, so since this is solely up to the decision orf the US and not a priority for the world then the US legislature should make the decision and the president should enforce it as per the way the government was established.


    Well, you said it yourself I think. It is about values/right and wrong and it is never too late to do right.. We should have intervened in a more helpful way two years ago, now it will be more difficult, but can still be done.. We cannot be seen by the world as weak..That will embolden our enemies to do whatever they want.. All we have done is to postpone the action, giving Syria time to remove their planes, move their chemical weapons, hide their launchers and coordinate with Iran and Hezbollah...

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    re: Congress not rushing back for Syria vote

    Quote Originally Posted by Juanita View Post
    Well, you said it yourself I think. It is about values/right and wrong and it is never too late to do right.. We should have intervened in a more helpful way two years ago, now it will be more difficult, but can still be done.. We cannot be seen by the world as weak..That will embolden our enemies to do whatever they want.. All we have done is to postpone the action, giving Syria time to remove their planes, move their chemical weapons, hide their launchers and coordinate with Iran and Hezbollah...
    Under that plan why don't we just take over the middle east, africa, most of asia, russia, and south america while we are at it. We are not the world police, and we are not the force of the moral right in the world. that is a conservative view and no we are not the world's nanny. We cannot even run our own country morally and without corruption, we have no business telling others they have to do better than we can.

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    re: Congress not rushing back for Syria vote

    If we go to Syria we need to have a solid plan and get the job done right. We can't afford to intervene only to have some terrorist organization or Muslim extremist government taking control.
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    re: Congress not rushing back for Syria vote

    Quote Originally Posted by tererun View Post
    Under that plan why don't we just take over the middle east, africa, most of asia, russia, and south america while we are at it. We are not the world police, and we are not the force of the moral right in the world. that is a conservative view and no we are not the world's nanny. We cannot even run our own country morally and without corruption, we have no business telling others they have to do better than we can.


    We don't have to take over anyplace.. We may not be the worlds police, but we are a world leader--"The" world leader and thus we have responsibilities.. By using chemical weapons on civilians including women and over 400 children, Syria broke the rules..

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