Congress moves to approve Syria strike

Congress moves to approve Syria strike

Obama’s battle to get congressional approval for a military strike on Syria moved a step closer Tuesday, with leaders of both parties in Congress announcing that the United States should respond to Syrian President Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons.

US President Barack Obama convinced leaders of both Democrats and Republicans in Congress to support his request for the authorization of a military strike on Syria. After a meeting with more than a dozen senior lawmakers this week, members of both parties went public, praising Obama’s plan and pledging a ‘yes’ vote on the operation against the Syrian government.

Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), the speaker of the House of Representative, told reporters after a White House meeting on Tuesday that he thinks it’s important that Americans to unite behind their president.

“This is something that the United States, as a country, needs to do. I’m going to support the president’s call for action. I believe that my colleagues should support this call for action,” he said.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor also said that they will both support actions against the Assad government following meetings at the White House.
Obama had been meeting more than a dozen lawmakers in the White House cabinet room to push for limited strikes to dismantle Assad’s ability to use chemical weapons in the future. The president said he is confident he can persuade a skeptical American public that a strike Syria will not emulate the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq, and that US military action will be a “limited, proportionate step.”

US President Barack Obama(Center-R) delivers a statement on Syria during a meeting with members of Congress at the White House in Washington, DC, September 3, 2013 (AFP Photo / Jim Watson)

US President Barack Obama(Center-R) delivers a statement on Syria during a meeting with members of Congress at the White House in Washington, DC, September 3, 2013 (AFP Photo / Jim Watson) 

Boehner said that only the US has the capability to stop Assad.

“We have enemies around the world that need to understand we’re not going to tolerate this type of behavior. We also have allies around the world and allies in the region who also need to know that America will be there and stand up when it’s necessary,” he said.

Boehner’s views were echoed by Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, the top Democrat to attend the White House meeting from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

“We are talking about weapons of mass destruction. This is war crime. If we didn’t respond in kind it would send a message to every despot, every thug, every dictator, every terrorist group in the world that you can murder your own citizens with impunity and nothing is going to happen,” Engel said.

But after over a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the polls show that Americans are opposed to any new overseas military intervention. This reluctance is reflected by senators and representatives who believe Obama still hasn’t produced concrete evidence that it was Assad who used chemical weapons on August 21 or why it is in America’s interest to intervene.

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Michigan) tweeted that he has been talking to his constituents and armed forces personnel, neither of whom have the stomach for military action in Syria.

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11 thoughts on “Congress moves to approve Syria strike

  1. Syria has Russian made anti-ship missiles aimed at the US naval fleet and the USA are already a busted flush, the threat of nuclear war is enough to lower our vibrations thus enabling the cabal more power.. They are fucking with minds just like the fake Cuban missile crisis..

  2. That's what Drake said last year, but no proof and cabal remain in power. Risk of Syria war is now 80% and this makes all of us nervous because if good guys don't quickly arrest the cabal war criminals, they will get their wars based on lies.

  3. Could Obama's role be to act with such arrogance and bellicosity that the American people stand up and say no? Alot of sources have claimed he is an "undercover" good guy but judging by his actions(Benghazi, Fast and Furious, IRS scandal, GITMO still open, NDAA, drone assassinations, Monsanto legal immunity and illegal NSA spying) he is one of the greatest megalomaniac's in history. I'm not American but were that the leader of MY country I would be taking every action possible to remove him…

  4. This should really show that both sides of congress are really the same party just wearing different hats …..the ONLY thing they can AGREE on and do TOGETHER is go to WAR! this is probably our last wake up call that our government does not listen to it's people and will continue to destroy us from the inside out .These people need to be stopped , we cannot afford to start yet anothet war and now we don't have support from anyone , and now the other side has more allies than we do , how do they really think this can play out in our favor .We haven't "helped" any nation by going to war . We just need to mind our own business because this time we might just get our asses kicked. J.Humm

  5. I am highly skeptical of Obama and think it's far more likely those "sources" are cabal disinfo. Even if he turns out to be a double agent, it may be too little, too late as millions of awake people want him removed.

  6. Arrest the 1%, but leave the rest of us Americans alone. We are of the light! If the Russians know what they are doing, why don't they use their mainstream media to brief the world.

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