Right now I'm told by senior officials on both sides, the votes are not there yet. The white house has work to do over the we. What's your sense of whether it will pass? The whole world was surprised when the britain parliament voted against this. http://free.yudu.com/item/details/1196232/Meet-baby-North-West--Kanye-West-reveals-first-pic What are the odds here in the u.S. Congress?
Analysis - Russia's Putin sees chance to turn tables on Obama at G20
The president said Saturday that there is no military reason for haste, but there are nonetheless risks in delay. The Russians will do their best to throw up diplomatic obstacles while they continue funneling arms to Damascus. The U.S. position could be undermined if few other nations offer support. And Congress, like Britains parliament last week , could say no. A current of isolationism is running strong in both parties, and many Republicans welcome any opportunity to bloody the presidents nose. We have enough faith in the institution and its leaders to Kim Kardashian believe that they wont treat this vote as such an opportunity.
A vote to approve a military mission in Syria could fail in Congress. There is also the uncertain reaction from Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. Senior administration officials, who accuse al-Assad of gassing rebel fighters along with innocent civilians, said the Syrian leader should think twice before taking any drastic action. The president, those officials cautioned, would hold al-Assad accountable. Senior administration officials rejected the notion the president's decision to seek congressional authorization undermines decades of entrenched executive branch powers to take military action. Asking lawmakers for approval, the White House argues, would strengthen the president's position diplomatically.
Obama's last-minute decision to seek congressional approval for Syria strike
But when Obama convened his senior advisers on Friday night to tell them he had decided to take military action, he also told his advisers that he would seek Congressional authorization, the official said. In the Friday night meeting and again on Saturday morning, Obama explained his reasoning to his advisers for seeking congressional backing. The same aides who had advised him not to go to lawmakers for backing threw their support behind his plan. Obama's remarks on Saturday afternoon came hours after United Nations experts, who had been collecting samples from last week's alleged chemical weapons strike outside Damascus, left Syria bound for the Netherlands. The chemical weapons experts were working to determine what occurred in the apparent chemical weapons attack near Damascus on Aug. 21, which U.S.
Obama's Tragic, Immoral and Disturbed Syria Policy
[ See a collection of editorial cartoons about Syria. ] President Obamas remarks concerning Syria on August 30th were troubling on three counts that received scant attention. First, he based his legitimacy on so-called international norms instead of invoking natural law. The Syrian regimes use of chemical weapons violates Gods natural law and natural rights. It was and is a direct attack against human dignity, human rights and human freedom.
Obama to (visit site) Seek Congressional Authorization for Syrian Strikes
Upset by Russia's position on Syria, he said the G8 group of industrialised countries was in reality the "G7 plus one". Any hopes in the West that Russia would shift stance because of the use of chemical weapons now look to have been frustrated. Russian http://journals.fotki.com/lealersalzhigh/my-blog/entry/wqswkwkwqfrft/ officials have reiterated that Moscow, an important arms supplier to Assad, has the right to deliver such weapons and that their sale does not break international law. Moscow, which has blocked earlier efforts at the United Nations Security Council to condemn Assad and tighten sanctions on his government, has also made clear it is not about to support moves against Damascus at the United Nations. Putin says the attack may have been a provocation by rebels fighting Assad, intended to hasten U.S. military intervention, and has used criticism of Washington over Syria to whip up anti-American sentiment and shore up support among Russian voters.