President Obama Calls for Conscience Vote On Syria, Even If Public Opposed - ABC News"It's conceivable that, at the end of the day, I don't persuade a majority of the American people that it's the right thing to do," Obama said in response to a question from ABC News during a solo press conference at the conclusion of the G20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia.
But, Obama said, members of Congress need to consider the lessons of World War II and their own consciences and vote 'yes' to authorize the use of force, even if it means going against the opinion of the majority of their constituents.
"Each member of Congress is going to have to decide if [they] think it's the right thing to do for America's national security and the world's national security," Obama said. "Ultimately, you listen to your constituents, but you've got to make some decisions about what you believe is right for America."
Who would have thought Obama would be making such an argument to go to war. Is he a neocon? Is he a hawk.
Is invoking WWII a Godwin?
The only thing the rebels seem united on is their hatred for Assad. Beyond that they don't seem united on who or what they want to replace him. Some rebels are purely out for revenge. Others are sects fighting Sunni vs Shiite. Others are jiiahdi sympathetic to Al Qaeda. Others are connected to activists in the UK. Others are Kurds trying to have their own country. Others are just civilians defending themselves from Assad and the rebels. Some rebel factions have already staked out territorities and have their own governments set up and operating.
Early Sunday morning John Kerry, stated that president Assad could avoid a US military strike by turning over his chemical weapons to the international community and working with the Russians, president Assad has agreed to do just that! Now, the only thing we should be discussing going forward is when and how will these weapons be secured and removed from Syria? NO, further talk of US military action would be appropriate. But, it appears we are getting a lack lustre response from the White House on this already.
This if fortunate for Obama in one respect. He was pushing an unpopular idea and a failed ideology. Now he has an out. There will be no vote, therefore no rebuke in Congress. Maybe they will even let him keep his peace prize.
On the other hand, the US has ceded it's power in the Middle East to Russia and forfeited it's reputation as the worlds last super power. Internationally we are weak and no longer a reliable ally and feared foe. We are truly the paper tiger they talked about in the 70's.