After yesterday’s 10-7 committee vote set the stage for a tight vote in the Senate about the Syrian War, the issue may end up entirely academic, as ABC News is the first to call it, and based on the public comments the war is headed for a defeat in the House of Representatives.
It’s incredible for the House to already be there, as a large number of Congressmen have been hedging their bets, with 150+ coming out as “undecided” and saying they intended to wait until the debate.
With both the Republican and Democratic leadership in the House on board for war, the defeat of the resolution would be a decisive rebuke, driven in no small part by public opinion polls that have repeatedly shown massive majorities of the American public against the conflict.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D – CA), on the pro-war side, has conceded that she doesn’t know if she can bring in a majority of Democrats on her side. That’s probably putting it mildly, with huge “no” and huge “undecided” contingents making even a close split probably unlikely. The momentum in the House is clearly against this war: with the public opposed and an election next year, it’s hard to envision any major shift.
An historic defeat for the administration’s war plan, it sets the stage for Secretary of State John Kerry’s repeated claims that President Obama could attack after losing the vote to be put to the test. Officials have so far refused to discuss that prospect too deeply, insisting they are “confident” in winning the vote, but now that it seems clear they’ll lose, that confidence seems as ill-placed as their confidence in the rest of the case for war.
4 thoughts on “ABC News: House Majority Opposes Syria War”
Even the Proxy war already being waged is illegal as it's clear the USA and several other states financed the invasion of Syria by terrorists they moved over from Libya. I'd like to be at the G20 to witness the conversation between Putin and Obama, where the former can easily call the latter a liar many times over. Maybe the black exterior of Obama will finally slough off to reveal he's white as he erupts in a rage at properly being called out for the liar he is.
Are you right! This was always a put up job to use Syria as a gateway to fighting Iran. A lot of people belong in prison for this pile of crimes.
When Pelosi's 5-yea-old grandson can make her stop to wonder ' what news he's listening to', even jaded pol like herself has to wonder if she's not just baying at the coon because the other hounds are.
Obviously a large number of dems aren't frightened about Obsma's version of 'with us, or agin us' and no party support in the 2014 elections.
It is certainly a way to a win-win for congress. Vote "no" to make the people think they are heard; then let Obama go ahead – after all, he isn't going to be a candidate, anyway.
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