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Obama's Syria Strike Decision Aims To Get Congress On The Record

But there are military and political risks in the process. Militarily, a desperate Assad could use the time while Obama waits for a Congressional debate to launch another chemical weapon attack, either in his http://wallinside.com/post-4905023-note-that-her-person-is-clean-her-hair-is-clean-and-styled-and-her-clothing-is-clean-and-in-good-co.html own country or elsewhere in the Middle East, turning a civil war into a regional conflict. Politically, Obama could emerge as a weakened leader, finding it even more difficult to push his proposals through Congress, including his top priorities of passing a budget and rewriting the nations immigration laws. Ultimately, I think he felt he was going to be a target from both the left and the right if he did it alone, and with few significant allies overseas, I dont think he wanted to be isolated, said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion at Marist College in New York. This puts the ball in Congresss court and they either join and he gets policy and political cover or they oppose. Just days ago, British Prime other Minister David Cameron suffered a stunning defeat when Parliament rejected participating in any attack http://www.purevolume.com/bruceywna on Syria.
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Obama changed his mind about consulting Congress on Syria on Friday night

intelligence community has linked to Assad's regime. "It also presents a serious danger to our national security." The remarks came amid a flurry of briefings for skeptical lawmakers by the president's national security team. Shouts from hundreds of activists outside the White House protesting against military action could be heard from the Rose Garden shortly before Obama spoke. "Over the last several days, we've heard from several members Kim Kardashian of Congress who want their voices to be heard," Obama said. "I absolutely agree." STORY: 5 possible risks of a U.S. military strike on Syria House Speaker John Boehner announced in a joint statement with the GOP House leadership that he expected to consider a measure that would authorize the president to carry out a military strike the week of Sept. 9.
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Obama asks Congress to approve military strike against Syria

"Make no mistake," said Mr. Obama. "This has implications beyond chemical warfare. If we won't enforce accountability in the face of this heinous act, what does it say about our resolve to stand up to others who flout fundamental international rules, to governments who would choose to build nuclear arms, to terrorists who would spread biological weapons, to armies who carry out genocide?" The president says he's been assured by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that postponing a military strike is not a problem. He knows, he says, that Americans are weary of war but that the U.S. must not turn a blind eye to the chemical attack in Damascus.
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The agency did not specify what those consequences would be. U.S. quarrels imminent U.S. lawmakers are deeply divided on what the United States should do after widespread claims that the Syrian regime unleashed chemical weapons on civilians August 21 , killing hundreds of people in rebel strongholds. After signaling he was on the verge of delivering a strike against Syria, Obama made a last-minute decision Friday evening to seek congressional authorization before any military action, senior administration officials told reporters Saturday.
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Netanyahu mum on Obama's Syria delay but says Israel strong alone

Offering a partial glimpse into Obamas decision-making process, senior administration officials tell ABC News it all began when the president told his National Security Council a week ago that Syrias use of chemical weapons likely warranted a military response. The officials, who gave the information on the condition not to be attributed by name, say the directive spurred the government into preparing scenarios and consultations with Congress although none believed authorization from Capitol Hill was necessary or desirable. But the final decision to act didnt come until Friday. Around 6 p.m., during the wrap-up of a meeting between Obama and Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough, the president unveiled the idea while walking on the White House grounds south lawn. An hour later his senior advisers, including Dan Pfeiffer, Ben Rhodes, and Susan Rice, were called into the Oval Office where the president told them he wanted to push for Congress backing. The advisers were dismissed to make the logistics happen and the president called Vice President Joe Biden, who was publicly scheduled to be in his home state of Delaware this weekend, and other members of the National Security Council, to inform them of the decision. As officials trickled into the White House this morning, the NSC fell into debate over two main risks: That Congress would vote no, and the risk that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would strike his own people with chemical weapons again.
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How President Obama Decided to Seek Congressional Approval for Syria

officials say killed 1,429 people. But Obama decided to seek the backing of U.S. lawmakers before attacking, as polls showed strong opposition from Americans already weary of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Approval will take at least 10 days, if it comes at all. "Today I'm asking Congress to send a message to the world that we are ready to move as one nation," Obama said in a dramatic shift he announced in the White House Rose Garden.
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31, 2013. Delaying what had appeared to be an imminent strike, Obama abruptly announced Saturday that he will seek congressional approval before launching any military action meant to punish Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons in an attack that killed hundreds. Photo: Charles Dharapak President Barack Obama arrives to make a statement about Syria in...
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Analysis: Obama's credibility on line in reversal

He also notified French President Francois Hollande. By mid-afternoon, Obama emerged in a steamy White House Rose Garden, surprising lawmakers, reporters and the public with news of his plan. "I'm ready to act in the face of this outrage," Obama said. "Today I'm asking Congress to send a message to the world that we are ready to move forward together as one nation." Then Obama and Biden left the White House by motorcade to play a round of golf. It's already been commented upon that the president didn't ask Congress to rush back to Washington, so just how serious http://israelddxd.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/kim-kardashian-slams-katie-couric-khloe-kardashian-approves/ he is about this entire issue should now be called into question.
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Obama's recoil on striking Syria draws criticism from both sides

"Israel's citizens know well that we are prepared for any possible scenario. And Israel's citizens should also know that our enemies have very good reasons not to test our power and not to test our might," he said. He did not mention Iran nor Syria by name, but in previous statements he has linked the two cases. Army Radio, a major Israeli broadcaster, quoted an unnamed government official in far less elliptical terms. "If Obama is hesitating on the matter of Syria, then clearly on the question of attacking Iran - a move that is expected to be far more complicated - Obama will hesitate much more, and thus the chances Israel will have to act alone have increased." Netanyahu has sparred with Obama over Iran in the past.
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