Faces Of Congressional Support For Syria War: The Out Of Touch, The Super Liberal, The RINO, The Elderly, The Chicken-Hawk And A Cry Baby

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U.S. involvement in the ongoing Syrian civil war is likely, judging by the near-constant war-drum rhetoric from U.S. political elite. Whether Congress as a whole supports the action and regardless of how extremely unpopular the idea of war in Syria is to the average American, the Nation’s political elite are hell-bent on making it happen.

On Saturday, President Barack Obama announced that he will seek Congressional approval for Syrian war, initiating an instant publicity campaign wherein Secretary of State John Kerry has made no fewer than nine television appearances in an effort to drum up public support.

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“In the last 24 hours, we have learned through samples that were provided to the U.S. that have now been tested from first responders in east Damascus and hair samples and blood samples have tested positive for signatures of sarin,” Kerry said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.”

Visiting CNN, Kerry insisted that military action, given allegations of chemical weapon use in Syria, is imperative immediately.

“Each day that goes by, this case is even stronger,” Kerry said, calling the case against Syrian President Bashar Assad “overwhelming.”

Kerry said he is certain “the good people in Congress” will support the war.

And among members of Congress who have spent far too many years in marbled halls, Kerry and Obama have bipartisan support for military action.

Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been beating the Syrian war drum for months. In a recent interview with FOX News, he insisted that the rebel forces are moderates (despite overwhelming evidence of Muslim extremism).

Of the constant chorus of “Allahu Akbars” that accompany just about anything Free Syrian Army rebels do in available footage of the conflict, McCain said: “Would you have a problem with an American or Christians saying ‘thank God? Thank God?’” He added, “That’s what they’re saying. Come on! Of course they’re Muslims, but they’re moderates and I guarantee you they are moderates.”

(Of course, McCain made no mention of holy lice or sex jihad — nor did he provide any evidence that the FSA isn’t full of extremists.)

Representative Nancy Pelosi has also announced full support of a Syrian intervention campaign.

“It was humanity drew a line decades ago that I think if we ignore, we do so to the peril of many other people who can suffer,” she said.

The elderly Representative also revealed that she consulted with her 5-year-old grandson on the issue. He, like the rest of the Nation, wasn’t thrilled with the prospect of being thrown into a military conflict by a bunch of senile, disconnected Washington elitists.

Also in favor of having American troops die to support a rebellion in a Mideast being carried out by Islamic extremists are Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), both of whom have expressed support for Syrian intervention publicly.

“I’m going to support the President’s call for action,” Boehner said. He went on to say that chemical weapons use in Syria (which still isn’t fully verifiable) “is not going to be tolerated.”

And Cantor said his vote will grant Obama the option to use military force in Syria.

“America has a compelling national security interest to prevent and respond to the use of weapons of mass destruction, especially by a terrorist state such as Syria, and to prevent further instability in a region of vital interest to the United States,” he said.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who hasn’t been seen by his constituents in quite some time, is pining for Syrian war. After all, it will likely bring the United States a little closer to war with Iran.

“If we don’t get Syria right,” Graham warned, “Iran is surely going to take the signals that we don’t care about their nuclear program, and it weighs on the President’s mind strongly about the signals we send.”

Octogenarian Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) doesn’t even care if Congress votes; she wants a war.

“I listened carefully to what Secretary Kerry had to say and believe his remarks should stir the conscience of the world. He pointed out the high confidence our government has that this was a chemical weapons attack, that it was directed by the Assad regime and that it killed 1,429 people, including at least 426 children,” she said.

“The unclassified intelligence assessment released today tracks closely with briefings I have received over the past week,” the lawmaker continued. “I agree with Secretary Kerry that the world cannot let such a heinous attack pass without a meaningful response, and I hope the international community will take appropriate action.”

Meanwhile, there is plenty of opposition to Syrian intervention.

An NBC poll showed nearly 80 percent of Americans believe Obama should receive Congressional approval for war with Syria. Fewer than 20 percent support Syrian intervention. And according to Reuters, more than half of Americans would prefer the United States mind its own business.

Gregory III, the leader of the Greek Catholic Church in Syria and Lebanon, no doubt fearing what a Muslim extremist-controlled Syria would mean for Christians in the nation, said recently that U.S. intervention would be “a criminal act, which will only reap more victims.”

“We must listen to the Pope’s appeal for peace in Syria,” said Patriarch Gregory III, referring to a recent call for peace from Pope Francis. “If Western countries want to create true democracy then they must build it on reconciliation, through dialogue between Christians and Muslims, not with weapons. This attack being planned by the United States is a criminal act, which will only reap more victims, in addition to the tens of thousands of these two years of war. This will destroy the Arab world’s trust in the West.”

Former Representative Ron Paul has also called for the United States to avoid involvement in the Syrian conflict, saying it could be the war that leads to America’s financial demise.

“According to recent media reports, the military does not have enough money to attack Syria and would have to go to Congress for a supplemental appropriation to carry out the strikes. It seems our empire is at the end of its financial rope. The limited strikes that the president has called for in Syria would cost the US in the hundreds of millions of dollars,” Paul said over the weekend. “Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey wrote to Congress last month that just the training of Syrian rebels and ‘limited’ missile and air strikes would cost ‘in the billions’ of dollars. We should clearly understand what another war will do to the US economy, not to mention the effects of additional unknown costs such as a spike in fuel costs as oil skyrockets.”

Paul’s son Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is also urging caution in Syrian intervention.

“[If Congress does not vote for authorization] we should not be involved in the Syrian war. And I think it’s at least 50/50 whether the House will vote down involvement in the Syrian war,” Paul said.

“I think it’s pretty apparent there was a chemical attack,” he continued. “But we now have to ask are we going to go after chemical weapons with our bombing? Everything I read says that we’re unlikely to bomb chemical sites because of the potential for civilian damage and civilian loss of life… If we get involved people say, well 100,000 people have died, we must act. Well our weapons get involved and we get involved, do you think more people will die or less people? I think the war may escalate out of control. And then we have to ask ourselves who is on America’s side over there? If the rebels win, will they be American allies?”

There has also been healthy opposition to involvement in Syria’s civil war from members of the U.S. armed forces, judging by Internet chatter.

Via Armed Forces Tea Party:

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  • markless

    Personally, I’m fed up with our government using us and our military as international pawns to carry out their own personal agenda of what they think the rest of the world ought to do or act in a certain way. And what really makes it egregious. We have a fraud and a loser as a president if you can call him that. Sad sad sad.

    • Patty Brown

      The Republicans set out to make him a “Loser”. If everyone worked together, life would be so much better

      • Dajeno

        He already did that himself and he doesn’t work with congress unless it’s in his self interest.

      • peter

        Sorry , he never needed any help!

      • Nadzieja Batki

        Really? Prove it.

      • http://socialsity.com/ LastGasp

        Better? For whom?

      • blissnsmiles

        Then Why does he Keep appointing Republicans?

      • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

        WOW, still Bush’s fault.
        The Korrupt Kenyan Kriminal does not need anybody’s help.
        He does it ‘just fine’ on his own efforts.

      • TheOriginalDaveH

        What do you mean by “worked together”, Patty? Do you mean live our lives your way? Do you mean using Government to Force us to do things your way? Please explain yourself.

      • vicki

        Working together rather requires that we all have the same goals. As you might have noticed, obama’s goals are not that of a Constitutionally LIMITED Republic.

      • momo

        I don’t think the Republicans had to work too hard to make Obama a “Loser”.

      • Bill

        Patty,
        Obama did that himself. He did not need any help from anybody else

  • Paul

    I think Senator Paul said it best when he pointed out that Mr. Obama had lost the moral authority to lead this country. We’ve been lied to too many times by this president and his administration to give him the benefit of the doubt on Syria. Let us not be distracted by an “overseas military contingency.” Besides, if I recall correctly, the Syrians were dancing in the streets of Damascus after our first 9/11. I propose we Free America and let the Syrians figure it out on their own.

    • vicki

      Not just obama but most of Congress as well.

  • Patty Brown

    You people wouldn’t like any choice the President made. You would find fault in something. None of you have tried to be a help in trying to make this a better country. You just complain and usually don’t even know what you are talking about

    • Stephen Lawson

      Patty, you need to turn off your TV and learn to think for yourself. This country needs a balanced budget, this country doesn’t need to pay for another senseless war. When over 80% of the public is against military intervention I would say the President and Congress could win public support by listening to their constituents instead of going against public interest. You sound racist.

    • CatGman

      Patty, Just how is going to war in Syria going to make this a better country? As usual, the president and the congress don’t give a damn what the American people want. They will just push through with whatever they want to do.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      Thank God there are still people with sense in this country that can see past the foolishness that is O.
      Where do you get the idea that it is right to be passive and take what is handed to you by Idiots with time on their hands to think up trouble for other people? God gave you a mind. What’re using yours for?
      Were you taught that it is OK to lie because your second sentence is a lie, so is your third sentence and so is your fourth sentence.

    • TheOriginalDaveH

      How are you trying to make this a better country, Patty? By making other people’s Personal Choices? By helping yourself to other people’s money? By complaining about our complaining?
      Please enlighten us.

    • JLouisK

      Wow, I read some of your other posts. Boy are you just an ingnorant troll pouncing upon others who disagree with your ideas as to what the world is like.
      Face the Facts, Obama has been caught in many lies. Everything is not rosy and pink fuzzies. Open your eyes.

    • vicki

      That’s demonstrably false. Most of us praised obama’s decision to let Congress declare war. The reason he did we do not approve of but the decision itself is sound Constitutional policy.

    • Bill

      You are right, Patty
      We don’t like anything Obama does, like perpetuate racism, is out to destroy capitalism, pends twice what he brings in, wants to take away our guns and destroy the constitution.
      Now, he wants to involve us in another no win war that is all about the production of natural gas.
      You are right

    • Robert Messmer

      Which choices of the President do you think we should like? Giving guns to drug cartels? Ignoring Benghazi? Trying to do away with the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution by Executive Orders? Perhaps starting a war without Congressional approval? Unless you work for the spyin NSA you would have no way of knowing rather or not any of us has or has not done anything to try to make this a better country. As to your claim that none of us usually knows what we are talking about, just because we express opinions contrary to yours does not make them wrong.

  • maddie

    Obama supports the Muslim Brotherhood and the Syrian rebels are the Muslim Brotherhood. Why should we support any of them? There is no pressing security problem/national security issue with the Syrian government right now so we have no reason to “invade” them. And that is exactly the way they will see it, as in invasion.

  • squeeze127

    They never had WMD’s before! I wonder how Syria got Saddam’s WMD’s?

    • Nadzieja Batki

      What are few gifts between friends.

    • vicki

      They couldn’t really have WMDs cause liberals have told us for years there weren’t any.

      • squeeze127

        They sure can weave a tale into a fantasy story! They’re good at lecturing too. They never let facts get in their way either, LOL.

      • Bill

        Good comment, Vickie

  • dan

    we should have turned left and taken them out as soon as we found out about them when we were invading Iraq….you know :hot pursuit ….instead of sweeping for iED’s with soldiers (probably thought up bt the same bastards that gave us a war of attrition in Viet Nam)

  • Dave

    Hmmmm who is the House controlled by again? Conservatives…. Who also supports this bs? The tea party wet dream Ted Cruz… Forgot that one…. Conservatives want this war… It is the true liberals like Alan Grayson and Bernie Sanders that are voiceing their opposition. There is no excuse for any military action by us unilaterally… Let the Arab League handle their own crap for once… The cowards…

    • Don 2

      And who is the Amateur Dumocrat President/Antagonist who actually started it all and backed himself into a corner with his dumb @ss red line dare? Don’t try to blame Conservatives or the Tea Party for what you amateur dumbo president initiated. Too bad about that incompetent barack-come-lately idiots ego.

    • TheOriginalDaveH

      As usual, Shill Dave lies.

      As ABC puts it:
      “Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, has been very critical of the president on the issue of Syria, but when speaking at the Americans for Prosperity Foundation conference in Orlando Saturday just minutes after the president’s announcement, he said he was “pleased” to tell the crowd of Obama’s decision”.
      Notice the subtle Propaganda Technique with the “but” which implies that Ted Cruz desires to engage Syria, when in fact what he was “pleased” about is that Obama would do the Constitutional thing and defer to Congress.

      What Ted Cruz himself says:
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/04/ted-cruz-syria_n_3867006.html

      • vicki

        Dave is a liberal of course he lies.

        • Dave

          Ad hominem and argument to ridicule…

          • vicki

            Don’t give up your day job. You, by your own words are a liberal. Your lies are well known and documented all over PLD. Lies by famous (and not so famous) liberals are well documented all over the internet.

            Now had I said “that idiot liberal dave…” then you would be accurate in your comment.

      • Dave

        I was wrong about Cruz… I heard it yesterday and it was wrong… Nice to see Cruz on the right side of the issue like Alan Grayson

  • justus brother

    If McCain wants to go to war he can load his sorry a$$ up and take his two metrosexuals (boehner and graham) and don’t forget lurch to syria with him.

  • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

    The Three Stooges Want to Go to War — McCain, Graham, and BO
    http://www.pjtv.com/?cmd=mpg&load=8821&mpid=105

  • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

    Russian President Vladimir Putin asks US to produce the evidence over Syria to the UN http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIKHF6VQ0IY

    Russia says the gas that killed innocent civilians was set off by the rebels who benefit more from it than Assad. If Obama attacks Assad then he will be siding WITH TERRORISTS again, like in Libya, when Obama bombed Kaddafi forces and sided with the rebels including Al Qaeda, and in Egypt when Obama SIDED WITH the TERRORIST Muslim Brotherhood regime. The fear is that like before World War I, Islamists are hoping to START up another World War.
    See more at: http://www.thegatewaypundit.co

    My opinion is that obama, kerry, mccain and all their ilk want to go to war with Russia.

  • chuck byard

    Fear not, the Arabs will pay for the expense of our going to war!!
    Where do the Bolsheviks get these people, Hillary, Kerry, Reid, Pelosi, the black caucus and most of all Barry Soetoro. (Biden isn’t worth mentioning

    We are still waiting for the oil money from Iraq, didn’t the Bush administration say the Iraq war would be paid for by Iraqi oil?.
    Well it worked for Bush, so barry jumps on the band wagon. after all he has the printing press to back him up.
    One other thing, if we manage to overthrow Assad, does the Al Qaeda get all the wmd’s that Syria is holding? remember the ones Saddam shipped there before we invaded.

  • joe1cr

    ​The Middle East problem !!!
    From ‘The Audacity Of Hope, President Obama proudly stated “I WILL STAND WITH THE MUSLIMS SHOULD THE POLITICAL WINDS OF WAR SHIFT IN AN UGLY DIRECTION..” He only left out one word after Muslims and it was the BROTHERHOOD .
    The cause of the Middle East problem started with President Obama’s and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy. It’s aim was to overthrow the governments of these countries and install their friends the Muslim Brotherhood to power. It appears the President has allowed the Islamic Brotherhood to infiltrate our government. The President is acting in the interests of those who want to spread the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood throughout the Middle East. Here are some of the Muslim Brotherhood members that have our President ear on the middle east.
    The six people include: Arif Alikhan, assistant secretary of Homeland Security for policy development; Mohammed Elibiary, a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council; Rashad Hussain, the U.S. special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference; Salam al-Marayati, co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC); Imam Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA); and Eboo Patel, a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.
    Alikhan is a founder of the World Islamic Organization, which the magazine identifies as a Brotherhood “subsidiary.” It suggests that Alikhan was responsible for the “file of Islamic states” in the White House and that he provides the direct link between the Obama administration and the Arab Spring revolutions of 2011.

    And is not Huma Abedin, ex congressman Anthony Weiner’s wife, and aide to Sec of State Clinton, related to members of the Brotherhood?
    The State Department — during Ms. Abedin’s tenure — has cozied up to Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s chief sharia jurist? Sheikh Qaradawi is a promoter of jihadist terror. His fatwas endorse terrorist attacks against American personnel in Iraq as well as suicide bombing — by both men and women — against Israel. He is a leading supporter of Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch. Huma Abedin’s mother, Saleha, who is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s female division (the “Muslim Sisterhood”), is a major figure in not one but two Union for Good components. The first is the International Islamic Council for Dawa and Relief (IICDR). It is banned in Israel for supporting Hamas under the auspices of the Union for Good. Then there’s the International Islamic Committee for Woman and Child (IICWC) — an organization that Dr. Saleha Abedin has long headed. Dr. Abedin’s IICWC describes itself as part of the IICDR. And wouldn’t you know it, the IICWC charter was written by none other than . . . Sheikh Qaradawi, in conjunction with several self-proclaimed members of the Muslim Brotherhood.
    It makes no difference whether the infiltration by MB is actively encouraged or allowed to happen. Obama and his minions are betraying our country. It is called treason.
    I keep wondering if there are any true patriots left among our Congressmen , who are supposed to support, protect and defend our Constitution while representing the people of America !!!

  • Don in Ohio

    I’ll keep it short: STAY OUT OF SYRIA!!!.

  • Don in Ohio

    I’m 70 and getting pretty darn tired of wars!
    I was born in 1943, the middle of WWII, then there was the Korean War (err, conflict), The Cuban missile crisis, Vietnam, Granada, Kosovo, Iraq 1, Iraq 2, Afghanistan, now Syria. And I probably missed a half dozen others. Oh, and a 50 year long “Cold War”.
    And what have we (USA) gained????

    • Fiala

      so are you saying that the resolution of the Cuban missile crisis, which wasn’t a war, was bad for the US?

      • Don in Ohio

        No, it was one that ended ok but it was pretty scary for a while and mighty darn close to a war.
        I’m not saying we didn’t need to be involved in these, just that I’m tired of the bad guys that make them necessary.
        And in some cases, sticking our nose in other peoples business.

  • John W

    It seems to me that we can solve two problems at once. The fools that want to start another war, Obama, McCain, Boehner, Pelosi, Reed, Graham, etc… should be on the front lines ahead of any troops. Once these fools are out of the way, we can actually get a budget and not another stupid continuing resolution.