In an extremely tight vote, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved the resolution authorizing a US attack on Syria. The 10-7 vote sets the stage for the resolution to be considered in the broader Senate as well as the House of Representatives next week, where it will face broad opposition.
As was previously reported, the resolution was modified to include a 90-day limit on hostilities, something that most analysts agree the administration would almost certainly ignore. The resolution also ended up with a series of loopholes making escalation of the war simpler.
In particular, the wording of the bill authorizes “limited and tailored” military attacks on Syria, with experts saying they’ve never seen the word “tailored” used in a bill that way, and totally unclear what, if anything, it might mean.
The “limited” part is not particularly specific either, as the resolution includes an array of putative “goals” that it says are to be accomplished, and the administration has already raised the prospect of using ground troops, even though it insists that’s not currently the plan. Though the resolution was supposed to bar ground troops, they instead called them “combat troops,” something the administration has shown a willingness to redefine however it sees fit.
Perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of the revised bill is how much longer it’s gotten, and how little specific content is in all of the new clauses, many of which just reiterate things President Obama has said in the past.
In the end, of course, the resolution’s text is only relevant to the extent that the president is willing to respect it, and with the administration reiterating its position that they can attack Syria whenever they want, with or without Congressional authorization, that likely doesn’t amount to much.
The Senate is still seen split more or less down the middle on the resolution, meaning the vote there will be extremely close. Though the House version hasn’t yet gone through committee, a large number of representatives have expressed opposition to the conflict.
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The most frightening thing is that this opens the door to an attack on Iran.
Which is the design of course.
My prediction is that this horrendous "authorization" won't matter because Obama will commit aggression against Syria regardless of the vote outcome, and will wage war any way he pleases, regardless of the wording of the authorization.
By doing so, he'll become a war criminal by the Nuremburg standard set up by the United States after WWII. He’s all alone. He has very poor advisors.
Advisors? Who needs advisors when you're such a narcissist as he is? The man knows full well what he's doing and he does it because he simply wants to. End of story. Full stop.
Why nobody does stop this killer ????!!!!
Obama and his NATO-slaves alraedy killed 60,000 Libyans and 100,000 Syrians, destructed the country and created 6 millions of refugees !
A few men kill millions regularly and nobody does react ???
Who are the 10 wannabe war criminals?
Stop these mass murderers ! They all need to be sentenced to death by the war criminals court !
They ordered this gas massacre on hundreds of children to get their war justified. Even Bush did lie better than those war criminals.
Syrians again are turned into refiugees with this bombing threat ! And millions Syrians, especially children will die as after Iraq bombing.
The REGULARLY do bomb civil infrastructure, like power plant, gas &water supply, and sewage plants, telecommunication. railways anything that hurts and disables a country – as done in Libya (96 percent of water supply in a desert country!)
Read what the so-called "collateral damage" in Yugoslav bombing really was – Spanish NATO fighter jet pilots did speak what really happened:
Check http://www.globalresearch.ca to get the news they did hide in order to fool you.
It's pretty disgusting when a politician votes…1. because they are expected to vote the way the party leadership wants them to vote…2. votes to minimize the possibility of getting beat in the next election…or 3. votes to increase campaign donations…or all 3 at the same time. Very few pols actually think for themselves anymore. And even fewer listen to their constituents – because they're just voters and don't know what is best for the country. Time to fire the lot of them.
Clearly the bill states that military attacks are authorized to lengthen Assad's pant legs.
Anyone intent on stopping Congressional authorization of the proposed US War against Syria, and All that will follow in its wake, should send the following simple message (by local picture postcard; not by e-mail or Tweetter, etc) to their Senators and Congressional Representative. Please share this message with as many PeaceMongers as you know, while You still can.
This War must be stopped. This War can be stopped. This War will be stopped.
May all be well with All that You love.
US Army (Retired)
VETERANS AGAINST WAR
Memo to Senators ______ and ______, and Congresswoman/man ______:
As you prepare to decide how to vote on Congressional authorization of the proposed US War against Syria, and All that will follow in its wake, please bear the following in mind:
A vote for War is a vote against your re-election. Ever again. And please understand: this is not a threat; this is a promise.
And if the O' bombag wants more than 90 days, he will get it. The suits will give him whatever he wants. The people, however, would like to see him placed in a rubber room. But then we have Bombiden. and if he has a mishap, Bomboehner….right ? barf
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