On Saturday afternoon, President Obama addressed the nation saying he would seek congressional approval for the use of force in Syria. The move follows the UK parliament’s decision to vote down the commitment of British forces to the region in any capacity.

Here is video of the President’s remarks in full:

Report from the Wall Street Journal:

President Barack Obama said he has decided he should order limited military strikes against Syria, but in a move laden with political and diplomatic implications, he also agreed in an about-face to solicit authorization for the mission from Congress.

Mr. Obama’s announcement in a Rose Garden statement brought an unusually sudden halt to a military mobilization that for days has appeared on the cusp of a limited bombardment of Syria as punishment for its alleged use of chemical weapons Aug. 21.

It also marked a jarring shift as president for Mr. Obama, whose senior aides have been saying that he would not seek congressional authorization and that he had the legal right to order the start of military strikes.

Mr. Obama said legislative leaders have agreed to hold a debate and a vote on the issue as soon as Congress returns, which currently is scheduled to be Sept. 9. Leaders in the Senate, where Democrats hold the majority, considered calling the chamber back to session before then.

The move places the president’s Syria policy on an unknown course, subjecting it to a certain showdown on Capitol Hill where lawmakers are deeply divided on the issue and even more so over Mr. Obama himself.

Congress will now be in the driver’s seat moving forward over the debate of whether to use US forces in some capacity against the Syrian regime.

16 COMMENTS

  1. Dissecting Lil’ Hussein’s (Barry Sotero, Barack Obamnick, whatever its REAL name is…) LIES in this video:

    Are Barrack’s lies based on this…?!

    Make it viral — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQgEgW5KfsI

    Paraphrasing to save time.

    1) “The worst chemical attack in the 21st Century…a powerful case has been made by the US Government against the Syrian Gov…” — NONSENSE, show us the US Government Court that has made such a Ruling…!

    2) “It also presents a serious danger to our national security…” — IDIOTIC Statement…How could Five Thousands of miles away from the USA, something that COULD NEVER DIRECTLY REACH AMERICA, represent a Danger to US…?!

    3) Now comes the TRUTH: ” It endangers our friends…Israel”…and the token other nations needed to be mentioned — so Israel, whose only interest we protect, is not singled out.

    4) “So, I, Barrack Hussein, have decided we should take military action against Syrian targets…”. But have not done so, since Israel hasn’t told me what to do yet….

    5) ‘”The Chairman has assured me, we are prepared to strike whenever we chose.” LOL, Lil’ Hussein said he’ll attack on Thursday, the 29th, to “save” lives in Syria, why is he no longer concerned to SAVE LIVES NOW, but says: “This is not time sensitive, I can strike today, a week from now, or a month….” — WOW, so Lil’ Hussein, you are no longer SENSITIVE to the possible chemical attack victims, IF IT GOES ON FOR A DAY, A WEEK OR EVEN A MONTH… but RESPONSIVE ONLY TO WHAT’S BEST FOR YOU TO STAY IN OFFICE…?!

    6) ” Firstly, I, Barack Hussein, made the decision to attack Syria…Now, I have made a 2nd decision…to seek the approval of Congress…” — LOL, things didn’t turn out the way I expected, so now I do a flip-flop and ask you to believe my “new” sincerity…to finally ask Congress..?!

    7) “I, Barack Hussein, am comfortable to attack without UN Approval…. And while I BELIEVE I HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO TAKE specific war action WITHOUT CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL…I was put on the spot and now seek Congress to approve my lunacy”. How pathetic is this — a 180 degree flip in less than 24 hours, by what is supposed to be the US President and Commander in Chief!

    8) More nonsensical vitriol follows by Lil’ Hussein, the wannabe US Dictator, trying to scare US, and the world, of a rag-tag Muslim nobodies that are about to TAKE OVER all Western Nations…LOL! — minute 5:50 till the end.

    Conclusion:

    Lying Barack Hussein, again! Impeach him NOW!

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    P.S. Did you notice Joe Biden on the left — looked like the wax statute that he is.

  2. We do not need to commit our resources to another country’s civil war.

    Remember how many Americans died during our own American Revolutionary War and Civil War.

    We need all of our resources here to help our own poor, hungry, disabled children; senior citizens; families, etc.

    We need all of our resources here to create jobs for Americans.

    We need all of our resources here to repair and replace our roads, schools, hospitals, military bases and equipment, help our own disable Veterans, etc.

    We do not need to get “involved” another Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.

    The Republicans say we are in debt. Well, part of the reason we are in debt is because of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that the Republicans lied about and costing us billions of dollars and many American and foreign lives, and disabled soldiers!

    We need to exhaust all other means of political pressure we have at our disposal other than another military “answer”!

    As one politician said,”We are not the Policeman of the World!”

  3. Obama’s claim that he was ready to attack Syria ASAP IN ORDER TO SAVE Syrian Lives NOW — changed to ZERO Concern to save such possible life loss, once faced that such an Act of War may get him in trouble, and possible impeachment proceeding could be levied against him, for bypassing Congress.

    That is the ONLY logical reason WHY Obama is now willing to take “A day, a week or months (his words)” — while in the meantime he’ll accept the IMMEDIATE DEATH (according to him) of Chemical Life Loss that HE CLAIMED WAS THE ABSOLUTE REASON TO ATTACK.

    Now Obama will WAIT FOR A LONG TIME…”a day, a week or months” — in order to see which way the political wind blows….before he decides what’s best for him: Save his political career, or “save” Syrian lives.

    Such a lowlife needs to be IMPEACHED NOW!

  4. It seems this president really *doesn’t* know what he’s doing. For all the complaining people made about Bush Jr, at least he went to Congress to get an authorization of force…and it was because there had been an attack on the USA. Debate whether or not Iraq/Afghanistan was actually related, but he did go to Congress with that premise and it was approved.

    He should have known better than to put himself out there like that. ‘Red-line’ threats (without first going to Congress) invite our adversaries to cross the line – they apparently know how our government works better than Obama does. Now the nation is between a rock and a hard place, and our presidents idle threats have put us here.

    If we don’t go in – they’ll know his words are meaningless and Russia, Iran, and all the other thugs in the world will use these next 2-3 years to further their cause as much as possible.

    If we do go in – those same adversaries could use it as justification for some form of action against us, or our interests…potentially starting a war.

    We really shouldn’t go in. This is an internal Syrian civil war, neither side is a good side in this situation. Its like a war between the old Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. We really don’t want either side to win, we’ll end up in a battle with either one either way.

    The best thing to do is not go in, take the embarrassment, then be prepared when the enemy takes a next step…and after us backing off they *will* take a next step.

  5. I don’t like the idea that we think we have a right or duty to “punish” another country.

    I don’t like the idea that we are getting involved in a civil war (in which both sides hate us).

    I don’t like that we are announcing that we are planning to handicap Syria’s effort to defend itself from an armed insurrection.

    I was hoping that taking it to Congress would be sending the idea there to die (as most other ideas go there to die).

  6. *Syria – What would Reagan do?* by Doug Wead:

    The word is that the regime of Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons against its own people. Reportedly 1,500 have died, including 400 children. It is a heinous crime. Some are calling for America to invade Syria and put down this regime. So I pose this question. What would Ronald Reagan do?

    The answer?

    Absolutely nothing. At least for now. For eight years Ronald Reagan tolerated a tyrant far more malevolent than Bashar al-Assad of Syria.

    If we prove that Assad did indeed use chemical weapons then the whole world should condemn this act and such condemnation will likely, eventually, lead to action. Syria’s wealthy Arab neighbors, such as Saudi Arabia, who arm themselves with our latest jets and weapons may have a moral obligation to respond. But don’t hold your breath. Americans like to do these things. And the rest of the world is smart enough to let us shed our blood to keep things in order.

    The fact is that the atrocities of the Assad regime cannot compare to the reign of Cambodian leader, Pol Pot, who may have killed as many as 3 million of his own people during the Carter-Reagan years and he was never brought to justice, nor was it seen as America’s responsibility to do so.

    The Pol Pot regime practiced true genocide against helpless civilians. Marked for execution were Cambodian doctors, nurses, teachers, journalists, college graduates and people who could read, including children. Even people who wore eye glasses were marked for execution. It was rationalized that if they wore eye glasses they could probably read. Pol Pot wanted his regime to start over again without any taint of the past.

    I personally appealed to both presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan for help. Carter, who had made human rights a major part of his foreign policy agenda, told me that Pol Pot had driven all of the fork lifts into the sea. There was no means of unloading aid at the ports. Hundreds of thousands of Cambodians were starving to death. At a dinner with the Reagan’s in their home in Pacific Palisades I described images from a recent trip I had taken to the Cambodia border and Ronald Reagan appeared heart broken. Meanwhile, in Cambodia, the bleached bones of the dead piled up. It was called “the killing fields.”

    Pol Pot led the Kymer Rouge from 1963 to 1998. They took over in Cambodia in 1979. I met some of the survivors who fled the country and entertained the Cambodian Prince, son of Norodom Sihanouk, in my home during this ongoing massacre. Pol Pot was eventually placed under house arrest by his own people. He died in 1998. At no time throughout the Carter-Reagan years was there any substantial political movement calling for military action against Pol Pot nor were any public figures calling for the capture and trial of the worse tyrant since Hitler.

    Why?

    Because our founding fathers never envisioned that we would rule the world. Nor does the U.S. Constitution make provision for that futile and arrogant exercise.

    Because there were and still are many evil regimes doing evil things to its people and America could not rid itself of evil within its own borders, let alone throughout the whole world. What kind of justice would now take out Syria but leave North Korea standing?

    Because the U.S. president did not have the authority to go to war without the nation’s duly elected representatives debating and then making such a declaration. Even Franklin D. Roosevelt, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, needed the U. S. Congress to make a declaration of war.

    Because corporations did not yet have the powerful lobbies in place to make sure their companies got the contracts and profited from such wars and in return gave part of the money back to the politicians who supported it.

    Because the corporations who owned the national media were not yet subsidiaries of other corporations who profited from such wars and were financed by banks that gave them preferential interest rates on loans, nor were they yet fully compromised by corporate advertisers who were beneficiaries of the same system. In other words, some measure of journalism, real journalism, still existed in the Carter-Reagan years.

    So why is it likely that America will now take action against Syria? Cruise missile attack perhaps? Drones? What has changed? Why should America be installing governments all over the Middle East with unintended blowback such as governments that kill their own Christian citizens?

    Since 9-11 some parts of the American form of constitutional government have been weakened or abandoned altogether. This in the name of security. Some departments and agencies of the Federal Government operate without laws, with only a self imposed sense of ethics limited by their interpretation of popular will which is in turn influenced by a compliant, uncritical media.

    The presidency is now a virtual dictatorship limited only by fifty unelected men and women who run the television industry. This is not the creation of Barack Obama, the process has been ongoing for years and took a great leap forward with George W. Bush and 9-11. It is the price we paid for security. It is a process dictated by events as well as the unquenchable thirst for power.

    The president’s personal reputation is on the line since he warned Syria not to use chemical weapons. He said that this represented a line they could not cross. Now, given his personality, and the need to uphold his personal honor, he will likely use the newly won dictatorial powers of the American presidency to take action.

    We have come a long way from the ideal of Thomas Jefferson who dealt with the Barbary Pirates, the Islamic terrorists of his day. Thomas Jefferson once said, “The more you use your power, the less you have.” American may wake up soon to find itself very weak indeed. Strong with weaponry but abandoned by a world who has grown tired of our arrogant rule.
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    My take:

    Impeaching Obama NOW will go a long way in returning our nation back to its original principles!

  7. You don’t have to be a logician, to see what’s going on:

    Obama drew a “red line” to attack Syria because he thought it was a given (since English Prime Minister Cameron was all gung-ho to war on Syria on “evidence” that has NEVER been verified that dictator Assad used the chemical weapons … and not the rebels themselves). So, the wannabe US Dictator, Hussein Obama, felt sure his English counterpart was in line. And based his comments on that assurance.

    But then, the imaginable to Obama happened — the British Parliament had the guts to say NO to Lil’ Cameron’s warmongering!

    Thus, Lil’ Hussein found himself in a quandary — he had stated that he believes that he needs NO Congressional authority to attack Syria, but now he was left dry by his schooled British counterpart. And on top of that, polls showed that 90% of Americans don’t want another war started by this administration.

    So what does this US “president” do — who speaks and acts without thinking — but toss his miscalculation to the US Congress and Senate (a desperate move since Lil’ Hussein is now left with no other options).

    Now, his hope is that he, and his pet Kerry, and the rest of the sycophants that surround him, will be able to bully the House into submission…and give him the War he wanted in the first place!

    His attempt to bully both Houses is usage of disturbing videos of horrific images *shown only to a select group of senators in closed-door briefings* — meaning, Lil’ Hussein is gathering the leadership to be on board…and hoping they’ll advise their underlings how to vote!

    How despicable is such abusive propaganda, by what is supposed to be the US President!

    And then, he sicks his pet, Kerry, again, and Senate “Intelligence” Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (another Obama sycophant) to use THE UNVERIFIED chemical attacks by Assad (according to NBC: “NBC News has not been able to independently verify the authenticity of these videos”) as “proof” to START ANOTHER WAR that will bankrupt the USA to the point of no economical recovery possible!

    Read this article by NBC News: “White House showed gruesome videos to senators in case for Syria strike”

    http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/07/20377556-white-house-showed-gruesome-videos-to-senators-in-case-for-syria-strike

    When will the American People finally wake up, and demand Obama’s Impeachment — how long must we suffer this Usurper of the White House that lords it over us!

  8. Putin checkmated Obama (and his barking-only dog Kerry)! WOW!!! That was such a simple finesse that any decent Chess Player would have foreseen — but, obviously not the mental defects that are Obama and Kerry.
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    How did these two clowns (Obama and Kerry) embarrass our nation, making us the laughing stock of the world? Here is the chronological order of their stupidities:

    Obama draws a “red line” if Chem weapons are used — and states USA will bomb Syria to stop this.

    Chem weapons are used — Obama declares (without positive proof that it was Assad, and not the terrorists themselves), along with British Prime Minister Cameron’s acceding, that the World’s Opinion must be respected and the USA will start bombing Syria along with the “International Community”….

    Cameron is ready to bomb along with Obama, but then British Parliament says NO!

    Now Obama is IN SHOCK, and on his own — he still pushes for bombing Syria — but is afraid to do it on his own volition (for the obvious political backlash)! So, NOW Obama (who had previously declared that he does not need Congressional approval to start a ‘limited’ War) NOW BACKPEDALS AND asks Congress to approve his war desires, and sends Kerry to Europe to muster some support for his Bombing Syria right away!

    Kerry arrives and makes a fool of himself in France — when asked: “What would stop the US from bombing Syria” he answers: “Assad must turn over all his Chem Weapons”.

    The Russians pounce on it immediately and state they will assure this!

    Then, poor idiot Kerry says it was a “rhetorical answer” and not one he, and Obama, were willing to accept.

    Too late — Obama’s rep, Kerry-the-idiot, opened his mouth and played right into Putin’s hands.

    Now, Putin (the swine) won and Kerry and Obama look like the village idiots that they are!

    Obama, and his toothless barking dog Kerry, have achieved what no other Administration since Jimmy Carter has done — make US look weak and STUPID!

    p.s. forgot to add —

    Impeach Obama, and put Kerry next to Lil’ Hussein’s prison cell…so the two can play the simple game of Chinese Checkers… with each other…..

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