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Senate committee approves resolution authorizing U.S. strike on Syria...

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a resolution Wednesday granting President Obama limited authority to launch a military strike on Syria in response to its reported use of chemical weapons against civilians.

In a news conference in Stockholm, the first leg of a trip that will take him to Russia for a Group of 20 summit, Obama made the case for a U.S. strike on Syria “limited in time and in scope” to degrade Assad’s military capabilities and deter him from resorting to chemical weapons again in his brutal war, now in its third year, against rebels seeking his ouster. Putin, however, had harsh words Wednesday for the United States, warning Washington in an Associated Press interview against launching a military strike against Syria, Russia’s only ally in the Middle East. He also said Congress has no right to authorize the use of force against Syria without a U.N. Security Council resolution and that doing so would be an “act of aggression,” Reuters news agency reported.

Asked by a Swedish reporter about “the moral force of nonviolence” and the dilemma of being a Nobel Peace Prize laureate while preparing to attack Syria, Obama reiterated that he was “certainly unworthy” of the prize compared to previous recipients and asked “what are our responsibilities” in confronting a world “full of violence and occasional evil.” He argued that when 1,400 innocent civilians, including 400 children, are gassed to death in a war that has already claimed tens of thousands of lives, “the moral thing to do is not to stand by and do nothing.”

 

These are the highlights, the article was 4 pages long! But here is the link..

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/officials-press-lawmakers-to-approve-syria-strike-obama-invokes-congresss-credibility/2013/09/04/4c93a858-155c-11e3-804b-d3a1a3a18f2c_story.html

 

Thoughts?? I am wondering what Russia will do now...

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Michigan-Mom74

Asked by Michigan-Mom74 at 1:23 AM on Sep. 5, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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  • *Heavy sigh.* God help us all.
    Ballad

    Answer by Ballad at 1:46 AM on Sep. 5, 2013

  • i read a headline that claimed Russia will stand down if there is proof that Assad used chemical weapons...but i didnt read the article. the whole thing is just a mess and at this point we're screwed if we do, screwed if we dont.
    okmanders

    Answer by okmanders at 1:48 AM on Sep. 5, 2013

  • Putin said today that Russia DOESN'T exclude supporting a United Nations resolution on a strike if it's proved that the Syrian regime did use poison gas on it's people.
    What does that mean exactly?? Who the hell knows!

    Has anyone thought about the fact that we'll be taking sides with the rebels which are the very same Al Qaeda soldiers we've been fighting!
    KTElite

    Answer by KTElite at 1:51 AM on Sep. 5, 2013

  • Security Council of the United Nations says.." “In accordance with applicable international law, the authorization of the use of force against a sovereign state can only be given by the Security Council of the United Nations. Any other reasons, or methods, to justify the use of force against an independent and sovereign state are unacceptable and cannot be qualified as anything other than aggression.”

    Putin said that "if there is objective, conclusive proof of the use of chemical weapons, “then, there will be a reaction.” Then he pointedly demanded to know what the United States would do if it turned out that the opposition rather than the Syrian government was to blame. He says there is just not enough evidence that proved beyond a shadow of doubt that the Syrian govt did in fact use chemical weapon on their people.
    Michigan-Mom74

    Comment by Michigan-Mom74 (original poster) at 2:18 AM on Sep. 5, 2013

  • *heavy sigh*

    Hey, I'm a shitty president, and my people HATE me. I think I'll start a war so they focus on THAT instead of what a piss poor job I'm doing leading this country. I'll just run it into the ground even further so the next president has an even bigger mess to try and clean up.....if there's any country left.
    Rosehawk

    Answer by Rosehawk at 10:53 AM on Sep. 5, 2013

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