Obama plans 'full-court press' to sway Congress on Syria

There are 195 comments on the Reuters story from Sep 7, 2013, titled Obama plans 'full-court press' to sway Congress on Syria. In it, Reuters reports that:

President Barack Obama will take his case for military action in Syria directly to the American people next week, stepping up his campaign to convince a deeply skeptical Congress to back strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

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mxlplx

United States

#22 Sep 7, 2013
snidley whiplash wrote:
<quoted text>
So you are blaming Obama's lack of believability on Bush!
Not at all. On the Syria issue, I'm blaming much of it on both Bush and Clinton, although most of the American public only has Bush's WMD branded into its subconscious because Slick and Slickette were far craftier manipulators AND because his machinations preceded 9/11. That was clearly a game changer.
Gary

Bellingham, WA

#23 Sep 7, 2013
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
Edmund Burke

Republicans are do-nothings?

Funny, ten years ago they were hot to trot
for the Bush war.
mxlplx

United States

#24 Sep 7, 2013
In fact, I'll even go back to Bush Sr. on this, when he could have stopped the Balkan Wars dead in their tracks by backing the EU sponsered Lisbon Accord, which had been already signed on by all the Balkan antagonists. Instead, he sent envoy Warren Zimmerman to Bosnia's Izetbegovic (a muslim nationalist himself) to advise him that 'if he didn't like his signature, to withdraw it). The end result was 3 more years of brutal warfare culminating in the '95 Dayton Accord under Clinton, that achieved almost the EXACT SAME cantonization called for under the Lisbon Accord. I've briefly spoken with Galbraith on this issue and he washes his hands of what purpose Bush's Zimmerman served before him.
mxlplx

United States

#25 Sep 7, 2013
sorry: 'sponsored'.
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#26 Sep 7, 2013
snidley whiplash wrote:
The REAL reason a bunch of liberals are chomping at the bit to start another war? BECAUSE IT'S NOT IN OUR NATIONAL INTEREST!
That's right: liberals think a war can ONLY be moral if it is NOT in our interest, but rather being fought on somebody else's behalf. That can be true even if the ones were fighting for are fairly unsavory themselves.
And that is the TRUTH!
So.........Why would teabaggers enter a war?

FOR the corporate multi-national "interest".

Wasn't Iraq invaded to "save" the Muslims"?

Poor teabagger.
snidley whiplash

United States

#27 Sep 7, 2013
Gary wrote:
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
Edmund Burke
Republicans are do-nothings?
Funny, ten years ago they were hot to trot
for the Bush war.
That's right...WAR. Against an evil dictator who gassed more than ten times the number of civilians than Assad has. War, not a useless, impotent pin-prick attack that will do NOTHING.

This phony war will only convince Assad and others that we are not serious. We can do that by continuing Obama's retreat from the middle east; it's cheaper too. Turning around to launch one last wimpy missile salvo is pathetic symbolism that sends exactly the opposite message it's supposed to send.
slam dunk

United States

#28 Sep 7, 2013
"Obama plans 'full-court press' to sway Congress"

He's going to dazzle them with some b-ball slam dunks?
Lance Winslow

San Jose, CA

#29 Sep 7, 2013
mxlplx wrote:
<quoted text>
Well, given the choice of him or Mitt Romney, with Bibi Netanyahoo as Secretary of Defense, not much that could have been done otherwise.
There would be no problem if all the Syrians had been baptized as Mormons by now.

“have seen the years,”

Since: Mar 10

and the slow parade of fears"

#30 Sep 7, 2013
Wall Street Government wrote:
<quoted text>
"Enlighten" you?
Why would I need to?
"Common" sense took over.
LOL! Ur not kidding! Very common!
Mr. comment

United States

#31 Sep 7, 2013
There is a certain dichotomy to this situation: on one hand we, as civilized people have to ask ourselves, at what point is doing nothing no longer an option? It's hard to deny that It doesn't get much worse then dropping chemical weapons on your own, unarmed, citizens.
On the other hand, however, history also stands against us in this. Many core countries (many who don't like us very much I.e Russia, China, etc) have their hand in on this as well; similar to the system of alliances before WW1. So we must also take into consideration the high possibility that this, like many other US endeavors, could turn into a debacle.
American Lady

Danville, KY

#32 Sep 7, 2013
Ralph wrote:
oboingo's lip flapping is going to drag us into a war with Russia. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-24141... . Why was this clown given the peace prize?
A "liberal site" ...

Dear Obama, Itís Time to Return Your Nobel Peace Prize. Hereís Why.
by Kirsten Powers Sep 6, 2013 10:19 AM EDT
How does a Nobel Peace Prize winner justify launching missile strikes in Syria? Or for that matter, a five-year drone war in the Middle East? Kirsten Powers says: he simply canít.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/09...
1 post removed
fingiswold

Newark, OH

#34 Sep 7, 2013
why bother if, as kerry suggests, he'll attack no matter what congress does?

i'm dead serious when i say that if congress turns him down and he attacks anyway, he should be impeached, convicted, and removed from office.
fingiswold

Newark, OH

#35 Sep 7, 2013
American Lady wrote:
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A "liberal site" ...
Dear Obama, Itís Time to Return Your Nobel Peace Prize. Hereís Why.
by Kirsten Powers Sep 6, 2013 10:19 AM EDT
How does a Nobel Peace Prize winner justify launching missile strikes in Syria? Or for that matter, a five-year drone war in the Middle East? Kirsten Powers says: he simply canít.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/09...
i second your suggestion...he didn't deserve it anyway
fingiswold

Newark, OH

#36 Sep 7, 2013
snidley whiplash wrote:
<quoted text>
That's right...WAR. Against an evil dictator who gassed more than ten times the number of civilians than Assad has. War, not a useless, impotent pin-prick attack that will do NOTHING.
This phony war will only convince Assad and others that we are not serious. We can do that by continuing Obama's retreat from the middle east; it's cheaper too. Turning around to launch one last wimpy missile salvo is pathetic symbolism that sends exactly the opposite message it's supposed to send.
"Obama's retreat?" LOL

you're nuttier than a fruitcake, someone should gas you

Since: Mar 09

The Left Coast

#37 Sep 7, 2013
Maybe Obama can get Dennis Rodman to help with the full court press.
Mr. comment

Bowling Green, KY

#38 Sep 7, 2013
fingiswold wrote:
why bother if, as kerry suggests, he'll attack no matter what congress does?

i'm dead serious when i say that if congress turns him down and he attacks anyway, he should be impeached, convicted, and removed from office.
Congress approved missile strikes just the other day; Obama doesn't have a lot of opposition in this whole thing.
He also doesn't have a lot of support for it either, which will surely be a problem.
Ink Spot

United States

#39 Sep 7, 2013
RustyS wrote:
Maybe Obama can get Dennis Rodman to help with the full court press.
Rodman's defected to North Korea. He'll be opening the country's first tattoo parlor in downtown Pyongyang.
Tattoos R US

United States

#40 Sep 7, 2013
[QUOTE who="Mr. comment"]<quoted text>
Congress approved missile strikes just the other day[/QUOTE]

How could they approve missile strikes when they haven't even come back from vacation and are running 100:1 against anyway?
Mr. comment

United States

#41 Sep 7, 2013
This was on nationalized television.

Since: Nov 08

Location hidden

#42 Sep 7, 2013
Responsibility wrote:
<quoted text>
Guess you haven't been given the new propaganda spew word yet?
Obama is mentally ill.
What that has to do with SPEW I have no idea.

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