Obama Asks Congress to Postpone Vote on Syria Strike

Obama Asks Congress to Postpone Vote on Syria Strike

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Obama says that the U.S. will first seek a diplomatic solution to Syria crisis — but will prepare for force if that fails

President Barack Obama addressed the nation regarding the crisis in Syria on Tuesday night, saying that he's asked Congress to postpone a vote to use force while America and its allies seek a diplomatic solution.

Citing recent signals of cooperation from Russia, Obama said that America will work with that country — as well as China, the United Kingdom and France — to convince Syrian president Bashar al-Assad “to give up his chemical weapons and to ultimately destroy them” under international control.

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“This initiative has the potential to remove the threat of chemical weapons without the use of force,” Obama said.

Nonetheless, the president added, he would keep the U.S. military alerted “to be in a position to respond if diplomacy fails.”

While Obama said that the country is better off when the president works with the cooperation of Congress, he also stressed that action must be taken, whether it involves military force or not.

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“When dictators commit atrocities they depend on the world to look the other way,” Obama said. “But these things happened, the facts cannot be denied. The question now is what the United States of America and what the international community is prepared to do.”

Obama also dismissed the notion that America would engage in extended military action, stating, “My answer is simple; I will not put American boots on the ground in Syria.”

The president also dismissed possible retaliation from Syria, saying, “the Assad regime does not have the ability to seriously threaten our military.”

Obama added that he would not seek to remove Assad from power.

Obama, who has been pushing for a military strike on Syria following a chemical weapons attack last month that reportedly left more than 1,000 people dead, made the television rounds on Monday to make his case.

Even so, the president has met resistance within the U.S. government, among international leaders and with the American public itself, the majority of which is opposed to  intervention in Syria, according to multiple polls.

  • erniekcet

    The American people would like to see where each member of Congress stand on this issue. Bring on the vote!

  • erniekcet

    Here are the Senators that want war:
    Ayotte
    N.H.
    Boxer
    Calif.
    Burr
    N.C.
    Cardin
    Md.
    Carper
    Del.
    Casey
    Pa.
    Chambliss
    Ga.
    Coons
    Del.
    Corker
    Tenn.
    Durbin
    Ill.
    Feinstein
    Calif.
    Flake
    Ariz.
    Franken
    Minn.
    Graham
    S.C.
    Hagan
    N.C.
    Heinrich
    N.M.
    Kaine
    Va.
    Kirk
    Ill.
    Levin
    Mich.
    McCain
    Ariz.
    Menéndez
    N.J.
    Mikulski
    Md.
    Nelson
    Fla.
    Reed
    R.I.
    Reid
    Nev.
    Schumer
    N.Y.
    Shaheen
    N.H.
    Debbie Stabenow (D)
    Michigan
    Twitter: @StabenowPressPosition: Yes
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    Stabenow
    Mich

  • erniekcet

    Here are the House reps that want war:

    Ark. Cotton Calif. Becerra HunterMcKeon Negrete McLeod PelosiSherman Vargas Del. Carney Fla. Brown Deutch HastingsRos-Lehtinen Wasserman Schultz Ill. Foster Kinzinger Schneider Ind. Messer Kan. Pompeo La. Richmond Md. CummingsHoyer Ruppersberger Mich. LevinRogers Minn. Ellison KlineMcCollum N.C. Price N.Y. EngelIsrael King Ohio Boehner Texas Cuellar Jackson Lee Veasey Va. Cantor Connolly Moran W.Va. Rahall