The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “BATTLE ROYAL looms as Obama turns to Congress on Syria” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/white-house-sends-congress-resolution-seeking-backing-syria-235056935.html).
”WEARY US lawmakers earned a stunning victory as President Barack Obama bowed to their demand that he seek congressional approval for any military action against Syria”. ARE “US lawmakers…weary?” THE US PUBLIC SURE IS.
“The deliberation kicks off in the coming week, with Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Robert Menendez, who calls military intervention against Assad’s regime “JUSTIFIED,” scheduling a Syria hearing for Tuesday (September 3 2013), six days before Congress resumes its official business”. Menendez “calls military intervention against Assad’s regime “justified”, giving us our first PRO-war Democrat in this article. Perhaps we should also note that Menendez was also chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee during the2010 “shellacking”.
“The jockeying began earlier this week, when some 170 lawmakers from both parties signed letters calling on Obama to seek a congressional green light before taking action in the WAR-RAVAGED Middle Eastern state, where President Bashar al-Assad is CLINGING (?) to power after more than two years of bloody civil war“. IS Assad “clinging onto power?” He seems to be VERY MUCH IN CONTROL.
“Now that Obama is TURNING TO (?) Capitol Hill, the lawmakers themselves will be in the spotlight, and Republican Senator Bob Corker — who supports a “SURGICAL” strike against Syria — HINTED AT the tough time the president will have in drumming up sufficient support“. This was surely MUCH MORE THAN a “hint”.
“Corker told CNN that Obama should use “EVERY OUNCE of political capital that he has to sell this“, implying that Corker IS NOT “sold” on the prospect/idea of going to war with Syria.
“(Speaking) of the authorization vote”, Corker said: “I think it is PROBLEMATIC andIT COULD BE PROBLEMATIC IN BOTH BODIES (i.e. the House AND the Senate)”. Again this is NOT good/the sentiment is NEGATIVE. “Today, I DO NOT think the country is there and it is very important for the president to lay out why he wishes to do this and candidly to us PRIVATELY how he wishes to do this“. “private conversations” are important because when POLITICIANS say things publicly many people regard this rhetoric as A FREAK SHOW.
“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the chamber “will ENGAGE in this critical debate RIGHT AWAY (?)“, then vote on a measure no later than the week of September 9 (2013)”. Again, when was the last time POLITICIANS did anything “immediately?” NEVER.
“Obama on Saturday (August 31 2013) sent a draft resolution to Congress that authorizes the use of force”.
“It does not mention a timeframe, but pinpoints the use of force “to prevent or deter the use or proliferation” of any WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION and to “protect the United States and its allies and partners against the threat posed by such weapons“. After lashing out at former president GEORGE W BUSH over his use of the term “weapons of mass destruction”, PRESIDENT OBAMA IS NOW USING THAT SAME TERM.
“House Speaker John Boehner has discussed the Syria options with Obama, but stressed that the president now has to “MAKE HIS CASE toCongress and the American people”. Again, THIS WILL BE TOUGH.
“He and the rest of House Republican leadership released a statement approving of Obama’s decision “in response to SERIOUS, SUBSTANTIVE QUESTIONS being raised“. Boehner always seems to be BATTLING WITH/FIGHTING the President.
“Many lawmakers have expressed SKEPTICISM about a military strike, including number two Senate Democrat Dick Durbin.He sounded a note of caution Saturday, recalling how the “cost of lives and treasure to our country over the last 12 years of war has been OVERWHELMING”obviously. ”IF we can do something to DISCOURAGE (?) Assad and others like him from using chemical weapons WITHOUT engaging in a war and without making a long-term military commitment of the United States, I’m open to that debate“. “discourage Assad…from using chemical weapons?” This is HIGHLY UNLIKELY.
“Congress has its clear supporters for military action on both sides of the aisle” obviously…AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
”In a terse (abrupt) statement”, Sen. Bill Nelson said: “As far as I’m concerned, WE SHOULD strike in Syria TODAY. The use of chemical weapons was inhumane, and those responsible should be FORCED TO SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES“. This is the latest/yet another example of the “force and pain technique” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“But Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who have advocated intervention for the past year, THREW A SPANNER in the works“. “WE CANNOT in good conscience (?) support isolated military strikes in Syria that are not part of an overall strategy that can change the momentum on the battlefield, achieve the president’s stated goal of Assad’s removal from power and (most importantly), BRING AN END TO THIS CONFLICT“. WOW. This is surprising, given that McCain and Graham are two of the most PRO-war senators in recent history.
Finally, “One congressman, Republican Peter King, went so far as to say Obama was “abdicating (i.e. giving up) his responsibility as commander-in-chief” by turning to Congress for permission to attack”. “The President DOESN’T need 535 members of Congress to enforce his own red line“.
So, we have OUR LATEST/ANOTHER “battle royal” on Capitol Hill. Meanwhile the Syrian civil war RAGES ON UNABATED and the longer this goes on, THE MORE SYRIANS WILL SUFFER. Again, Syria is in the midst of/experiencing A FULL-BLOWN HUMANITARIAN CATASTROPHE/CRISIS.