Senate Delays Syria War Vote as Opposition Grows

Momentum Turning Dramatically Against War

Six more senators have come out against the Syrian War today, siding with just under two-thirds of American voters in recent polls and a majority of the House of Representatives in opposing the conflict.

They might have to wait awhile to make good on that position, however, as with momentum turning dramatically against the war on all fronts, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D – NV) has announced that the vote has been indefinitely delayed to allow President Obama more time to try to sell the war.

It’s a tough sell, as hawks already agreed to a long, loophole-filled draft they figured would be enough to secure its passage in the Senate, and even that seems in serious doubt now, as the president’s war narrative is rapidly collapsing around him.

The hawks are still trying though, as Hillary Clinton is said to be campaigning for the war on behalf of the administration now, calling Sens. Mark Pryor (D – AR) and Chuck Schumer (D – NY) to try to secure their support for the scheme.

There’s also a bid to re-rewrite the draft bill, with Sens. Joe Manchin (D – WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (D – ND) pushing another convoluted bill calling on the president to submit more details of his war strategy and aid for the rebels.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.