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Biden: No doubt Syrian regime used chem weapons

Published: Tue, August 27, 2013 @ 5:24 p.m.

Biden: No doubt Syrian regime used chem weapons

HOUSTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says there is no doubt that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government is responsible for the use of chemical weapons.

Biden’s comments today make him the highest-ranking U.S. official to say the Syrian regime is the culprit in a large-scale chemical weapons attack on Aug. 21.

Biden says the Syrian government is the only actor in the 2-year civil war that possesses and can deliver chemical weapons. He says Assad has blocked U.N. investigators from the site and has been bombing it for days.

The White House says President Barack Obama hasn’t settled on how to respond to the attack. The Pentagon says U.S. military forces are ready to strike Syria if Obama gives the order.

Biden spoke at the American Legion’s national convention.


1Sparky(180 comments)posted 1 year ago

So if Obuma gives the order to strike that makes him just like the past president that he has been so critical of. It's not as easy as it looks is it Obuma?

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2Jerry(495 comments)posted 1 year ago

Actually, Sparky, like him or not, agree with him or not, former president George W. Bush sought and got the approval of Congress before utilizing military action.

We could also note that PM David Cameron of Great Britain has recalled his parliament into special session this week, to discuss this and seek their approval before taking action with his military.

Quoting then senator Obama in 2008 - “The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation,”

Quoting then Senator Joe Biden in 2007 - “It is precisely because the consequences of war – intended or otherwise – can be so profound and complicated that our Founding Fathers vested in Congress, not the President, the power to initiate war, except to repel an imminent attack on the United States or its citizens. They reasoned that requiring the President to come to Congress first would slow things down… allow for more careful decision making before sending Americans to fight and die… and ensure broader public support………….The Founding Fathers were, as in most things, profoundly right.”

Here in 2013, however, it seems President Obama feels that he's too important to be restricted in this manner.

I wonder what has changed?? Could it have something to do with some loud-mouthed dolt setting a "red-line in the sand" a year ago, when he didn't have a clue as to what he was going to do if that bogus blustering was challenged, and now he has to save his political face by engaging us in a violent conflict????

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3Sparky(180 comments)posted 1 year ago

Jerry, well said. My post was to simply point out that Osama Obama is now facing the same tough decision his predecessor did. The same decision to use military force that he was so critical of. Wasn't Obumbling going to bring all the troops home by the end of his first term? That didn't happen. Now he faces the decision of deploying more. Man wouldn't that make him look more like the hypocrite that he is?

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