There has been no official word on whether or not the United States Government will use airstrikes against ISIL but it definitely sounds like President Obama is moving in that direction. First, on Friday Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes let it be known that when dealing with ISIL, “we’re not going to be restricted [...]
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday August 27, 2014 7:14 am|
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday September 25, 2013 8:50 am|
The American people really didn’t want to get military involved in Syria and now that President Obama has at least temporarily backed away from strikes his rating on the issue has improved noticeably. Backing during the height of the build up for action only 33 percent approve of his handling of the Syria while 56 [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday September 12, 2013 8:37 am|
Ben Cardin, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said a vote could happen in the Senate “as early as next week” on a backdoor AUMF being crafted by John McCain’s “Gang of 8.” It would give the President the authorization to take military action if certain conditions are not met. (Don’t sleep yet.) Since members of Congress are still declaring their support/opposition to the use of military force in Congress, we’re going to keep tracking them. We’ll be updating this post with Syria news throughout the day.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday September 11, 2013 7:54 am|
What Obama is actually advocating for with strikes against Syria is for the United States to be the world’s vigilante. A lone actor who uses force to advance his own brand of justice without authorization from anyone else.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday September 11, 2013 7:05 am|
If the Syria chemical weapon disarmament plan doesn’t work President Obama still basically wants to violated one international norm to try to enforce another international norm against chemical weapons. He is still talking about waging a war of aggression against foreign country that has not attacked America or our allies without UN approval. Of these [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Tuesday September 10, 2013 11:22 am|
Lunch between Barack Obama and Democrats on the Hill just broke up. Apparently Obama is asking for an Authorization for Use of Military Force on Syria in order to maintain a credible threat.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday September 10, 2013 9:54 am|
We have already tried using military force to send the message the United States opposes Weapons of Mass Destruction and it didn’t seem to work very well as a deterrent. The United States launched a massive full scale invasion of Iraq to supposedly send the message that we oppose the use, development or stockpile of [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday September 10, 2013 7:32 am|
If Obama’s concern was about chemical weapons only, then this sounds like a win to the American people. But if Obama’s real goal was to find a pretext to greatly increase help to the rebels, this would be a bad deal.
|By: Jane Hamsher Tuesday September 10, 2013 7:20 am|
As we begin Day 9 of our whip count, the House Armed Services Committee is holding hearings that we’ll be liveblogging, where John Kerry will testify. And members of Congress are coming out of the closet and expressing their opposition to military action in Syria, now that it’s pretty much universally accepted that there will not be a vote.
|By: Jon Walker Monday September 9, 2013 9:42 am|
President Obama has clearly failed to make his case for attacking Syria to the American people. According to a new Pew Research poll, opposition to Syria airstrikes has grown dramatically in just the past week. Last week their poll found 48 percent opposed airstrikes while only 29 percent favored them. Over the past week, though, [...]