- Posted September 1, 2013 by
Watertown, New York
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Syria- The "Do Nothing Congress" Wants Their Say- Two Words for Congress, "Shut Up!"
'Shut Up' weren't the only two words I have for our 'Do Nothing, Bought and Paid For' Congress.
Syria isn't Iraq. But this Congress can't make that distinction.
You'd think they'd all be on board with another war for no reason because it will help Raytheon and help the share values they hold in that company.
But for some reason, Congress is calling the White House from their camp on the lake, asking for a say in what the President planned to do with Syria.
Has Congress felt it was important enough to shorten their vacation and return to Washington to have that discussion with our President in private?
No. House Speaker John Boehner says they'll take it up on the 9th of September.
In the mean time, Assad is continuing to shell more civilians because of the indecision of our government.
When the evidence became clear, we needed to strike.
Great Britain didn't give Cameron the go ahead because the evidence wasn't in. The U.N. Mission into Syria was to find out if chemical weapons had been used but not to determine who used them. What was the point? We can see from the images that people were murdered by the Syrian government. Does it need to be more clear?
Many Congressman are demanding that their voices are heard over Syria. Where were their voices when Bush took us to Iraq? Now, because of the hangover from that debacle, these Congressmen feel they need to get this one right.
My advice to Congress is to sit down and shut up. Let those that are truly responsible take the lead.
Today, our President said while he believes that a military strike on Assad's regime is necessary, he will defer to Congress for their approval. Really, Mr. President?
This Congress? This 'do nothing' Congress?
They couldn't pass a single job bill. Nothing on immigration. They voted to de-fund the American people's health care law 40 plus times, but not once did they do a thing to help Americans or you with your progressive agenda.
Now they're on vacation. How important is that? And how telling?
I am against unnecessary wars. I supported Clinton with the Bosnian War for the humanitarian purpose. Libya was in line with my beliefs about why it's sometimes necessary to use America's might. But Iraq?
Now we see a brutal dictator murdering his own citizens while his wife shops for dresses in Paris.
This guy has committed war crimes and needs to be removed from power.
It's the moral thing to do. The human thing to do.
President Obama, yes you have the authority to carry out an attack on Assad without Congress's approval. But you appear to believe it's better, after Iraq, to beg for Congress's permission than ask for forgiveness afterwards.Many Americans can see the difference between this and what we had with Iraq.
Remember, this is the Congress that was willing to hold the American people hostage to get you to concede to massive sequester cuts to domestic programs. They were willing to allow the full faith and credit of the United States to be jeopardized if they didn't get their cuts to our programs but not their military.
Why would any American, or Syrian, for that matter, who now have Assad's gun to their heads, believe that this Congress will give you their permission to strike Assad's forces without you de-funding Obamacare as the trade off?
I have no respect or faith in our Congress.
They don't give a damn about the American people or anyone else for that matter.
Taking out Assad's capacity to use these types of weapons is the correct one. But doing what's morally correct is not in this Congress's nature. We have seen this from them over the past 4 years. Yet you still trust them to do what's right.
I believe you made a mistake today by deferring to this Congress- this do- nothing Congress.
If they were men of good character, it would be different.
What's their approval rating by American people now?
And you still think they are relevant?
Now, again, as during the debt ceiling debate, you've abdicated your authority to the branch of government that Americans trust the least because you still have faith that they will somewhere deep down inside, find moral courage and do what's right.
Being a leader means making the crappy call, not just the good ones.
The call for what to do in Syria isn't easy.
It'll be messy. There could be blow back. So you lay out the case for why it's necessary and move forward and Americans will support you, if it's an honest one.
That's what's different about this than it was with Iraq. We were lied to over that war and we all knew it but Congress never asked the questions then that the American people were asking. They just went along. But not now.
Obama is not Bush. And Syria is not Iraq.
I'd have told Congress, "This decision is with me, if boots need to hit the ground, I'll come before Congress and make my case for that."
No one wants war, Sir. But it wasn't us that started it and we have the moral authority to take this murderer down.