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    Under the War Powers Act. Obama has the authority to blast the heck out of Syria on his own. But he's holding off for two reasons one is it's not polling well and the other he wants congressional cover if things go bad.
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    That's right. The only thing they can do to keep Obama from putting them in the hook is to vote "no" and call his bluff. Let him go it alone. I think he'll do it anyway and they should let him.
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    Obama the hypocrite is already on record of calling the War Powers Act unconstitutional. He has already violated that act as well by keeping US forces active in the Libya mission over 60 days.
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    @Yank question: if the President had used military force in direct response to the 9/11 Libya attack, would he have needed Congressional approval first?
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    It will be so sweet to see this president get voted down by Congress. Even the Senate is cool to the idea of the obama leading us into another war he intends to lose.
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    If anything just another Viet Nam or Afghanistan, loob a few missles then tie their arms behind their back, let them get shot up with orders to not fire. Seems to me Obama is intentionally destroying this country, credibility, financially, morally, over-running us with illegals. Time for impeachment.
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    And if you should somehow turn out to be in error...?

    The last thing a teabagger/neocon wants to be is a wimp on defense.
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    @harold_lloyd we were already over there. Your president pulled us out too soon thus leading to the destabilization of the entire region.

    Don't believe me? Look at how long we have occupied Europe, South Korea and Japan?

    Democracy and diplomacy does not occur overnight.

    And now we are right back where America was in the early 60's pre-Vietnam.

    We go into Syria, we will be fighting Russians before the year is out.
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    @BudKilmer
    Doubtful.
    All the Russians have a stake is a naval base, and if we are smart enough to see that it isn't threatened, they won't do anything more than grumble.

    And your President pulled us out of where?
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    Why is he in such a hurry to blow up things and kill people without international support? Is the US becoming the judge, jury, and executioner for the world now... This isn't what we want.
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    @kirbstomp1 he never really deserved that anyway, did he? He's been as active in combatting the Arabs from the beginning as Bush ever was.
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    If COTUS assesses the *intelligence* and determines that action is warranted, then I will shut up and support my country. Until then, I will take every opportunity to say "This is a BAD BAD BAD idea." IMHO, nothing good will come from this. We need to stay out of this conflict.
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    Just because COTUS supports obamas stance doesn't mean it is justifiable or warranted..especially when congress is owned by those big corporations, (Boeing, GE, Haliburton, etc.) they do not represent the average citizens opinion. Rather they represent the corporate oligarchy that buys them out.
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    @kirbstomp1
    I agree. I am not saying Congressional approval makes everything legit. All I am saying is that if this country makes a unified decision to proceed, we shut up and support our country. We can rehash this afterward. But we should not stand divided when American soldiers are in harms way.
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    @kirbstomp1
    I have always said, the CEOs of global corporations like Exxon, Citicorp, GE, etc., do not waste one second worrying about who is POTUS.
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    @kirbstomp1 Jeeze, please, not that tired old meme of "oil and pipelines" - this is about humanity, you know, empathy for the children killed by gas, who died in pain and terror. Oil? No, just a slogan left over from the "Hate Bush and all he does" times.
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    John Boehner, is in my opinion as big a criminal as our President in the matter of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda.
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    Next week sometime is NOT prompt.
    We've got our good ally over there doing their best Kim Jong-Un impersonation launching f'n missiles out of the Med toward guess who.
    Things are getting dicey by the minute.
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    Russian ships are headed that way, Iran may jump in to defend her ally, north korea could see a nice big distraction over there and go south of the border, probably straight to the grocery stores first so they can feed their invading army. Our president has no respect around the world. I was glad to hear the Russians say the American ADMINISTRATION has no credibility. I am sure even putin knows not to insult the American people. What a nice mess our Harvard educated example of what affirmative action does not just to our nation, but the whole world, president, has gotten us into.
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    @CATTLEPROD I think you're giving Obama too much credit, he couldn't have planned, stumbled into, caused by action or inaction the events that are now taking place....and neither could an obstructionist and dysfunctional congress.
    Sometimes s**t happens and we needs unite as Americans and ditch the damn politics.
    We're gonna get in this....and we need to be in it to win it.
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    @ctc you don't think that the admin knew that arming the rebels would prolong the fight and increase casualties? Why does this admin ignore the UN testimony of the rebels using sarin gas or them killing civilians?
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    @Yank Stay with me here.....there are at any point in time in this civil war at least a dozen factions and states pressing their own agendas.....think 'curveball' X 12.
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    @Yank They SAID they were going to arm a select set of rebels, but so far, this has not happened. So far, as usual with this guy, it's just all talk. Nope, no weapons have been sent and so far no plans are actually in place to send any.
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    "...poses a serious national security threat to the United States.." I don't see how. Not in an immediate or imminent way, anyway.
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    I caught that, too. What threat to us?

    The Arab League has given their blessing to a U.S. strike, which I find completely backwards. WE should be giving THEM approval to strike. If they want Assad ousted, they should oust him their own selves. He's THEIR effing neighbor, not ours.
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    How much as I hate seeing children dying. This isn't any of our business, there is no threat towards us. I would hold the president of Syria responsible for what he allowed (if evidence proven it).
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    I'd say you've never seen any children die from acts of hatred, or you might just have a different outlook.
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    how many of those children are dead because the US has been supporting the rebels and prolonged the civil war?
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    @Hound if the rebels weren't also killing children maybe I would have a different outlook. The rebels are no better then Assad, so why are we supporting them?
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    @Yank I couldn't agree with you more. If you see some of my other posts on this subject, you'd see that I don't trust the rebels at all and think that they may have been the side responsible for the gas. But, you have to pick a side to see the end of the slaughter. Assad is not above killing civvies when he does strafing runs with jets on his own neighborhoods, is he?
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    Obama is in a panic to support his Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda army, that seems to be loosing to the equally rotten Syrian (Family Run Muslim) Government.

    The so called proof that Kerry offers, is the fluorine they found in the hair samples of the medical workers, which would have to have been absorbed weeks before to grow into their hair.

    These chemicals, we find have been sent to Syria by the British, Gee Wiz would the Brits work against the better interests of women and children just to make a profit by selling deadly chemicals; why that would be just like America did in Irak?

    I hope that the Republicans in Congress asks Obama, "who the hell are you, we have not seen hide nor hair of you since the 2008 election" and then votes a big NO to show the world that the American people are not as foolish as the worthless fool we unfortunately reelected.

    Obama lied to us about the Muslin Brotherhood in Egypt saying they would not take power, but they did and after a year the Army against Obama's wishes kicked out the Brotherhood out at the demand of the Egyptian People; Obama is lying about Syria too, as he wants the Radical Muslims to take over.
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    The more I hear.....I'm less and less on President Hussein Obama's side on this one.....

    "We are not a christian nation." He bragged to his fellow muslims and seems to be helping topple governments that have protected christians putting place radical muslims that will murder christians and jews and stand against Israel. Yeah. No way. Vote NO congress.....vote NO!
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    I am guessing that this is an attempt to be dissuaded from taking a very stupid action. America should withdraw and let the civil war continue to its logical conclusion. The papers that Obama sent to Congress pretty much call for a full out war. I cannot imagine it being passed. I am willing to bet this will be the first time just enough Democrats will vote against it. If it passes the house, it will fail in the Senate. If it fails in the House, it will win on party lines in the Senate. We will see in a week if I am right.
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    I tend to side with President Hussein Obama on this however Assad has been protecting christians in the region, and the rebels are killing christians.....

    So this is, as usual, more of a spiritual battle......

    Assad SHOULD be held accountable but God will protect those christians and if that means allowing Assad to stay, not President Hussein Obama does will come out okay.....

    The problem? America has forsaken the spiritual heritage and God and that is why we can't respond decisively.....

    And while all this is taking place, atheists once again are trying to take the "under God" phrase out of the pledge.....

    Time to put up or shut up.....what kind of American are you? One that insists on banning everything or one that upholds freedom? Because with freedom there is a responsiblity to allow for being offended.....
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    @kirbstomp1 You're wrong. Ask any of the muslims murdering the christians.....

    If you're not going to wake up to ALL of the problems you will miss any solution.....

    Don't let you bias cloud you.....
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    @Knightkore - yes and if god was so powerful then he wouldn't let muzzies kill Christians...or maybe he just doesn't care if they kill Christians because he isn't a loving god. Whichever the case, god is still allowing the death of his children, apparently he's a pretty shitty father.
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  • #107
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    Anyone here, ever hear of the Geneva Convention? It protects you, yes YOU, from being gassed to death by a foreign country, or your own for that matter, from repeating the heinous crimes perpetrated during the holocaust.
    While far too many of you are quite willing to allow children in Syria to be gassed to death (it's them not us, right?) have you considered that North Korea already has the capabilities to lob missiles well into American territory! While they haven't yet developed nuclear bomb capabilities, they HAVE developed sarin gas.
    If YOU, and America, and the world do not step up and stop Assad's sarin (chemical gassing) attacks, you are giving your permission to North Korea to detonate their missiles filled with the same gas here.
    Perhaps, you should start praying that Congress steps up to the plate and agrees to stop this atrocity before we are all victims of the very same situation!
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    If this wasn't so sad it'd be funny....Congress hasn't passed an important bill or done jacks**t in years and now he's like........pass a f'n bill.
    I don't think Israel, or Syria or Iran are going to wait for the traveling circus to catch up.
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    Some of the Republicans who support attacking Syria have contorted the argument to say not attacking Assad will lead to Iran getting Nuclear weapons and being an imminent threat to entire region.
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    Sounds like they are in a hurry to pass another bill so they can read and find out what mistake they made this time. I am beginning to wonder if our worthless politicians get sexual satisfaction from taking out thier frustrations on nations that cannot fight back. i cannot believe the Government can make an anti bullying video with a strieghtface.
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