After the presidential succession for the last 30 years has usurped the War Powers Act more and more suddenly a stunning revesal of fortune has come from the Obama Administration in the form of letting the Congress debate and vote on the issue of military action against the regime of Bashar Al-Assad of Syria for the worst chemical weapons attack by a dictator against his own people since 1988.
The Joint Chiefs have assured the president the window is open to a vast array of responses that seem little attached to a time table of any significance. Truly war-torn and weary nations suffering attacks and massive refugee camps like Turkey would like the Administration to think a little less and bomb a great deal harder but Obama seems to want to put every member of Congress on record if things go South. If those 200 cruise missiles and drones start hammering away ineffectively at Syrian targets of strategic importance? Israel becomes embroiled in a war that America feels morally obliged to come to Israel's defense against invading Syria, Iran and Russia. This time it will be boots on the ground (and tanks). Every veteran's mouth goes dry with the swallowing of the necessary 8 more pills to ward off the inevitable adrenaline and PTSD build-up rush.
The Senator from Boston had his jaw clenched with righteous indignation. WE KNOW the facts behind this war crime. HISTORY WILL condemn us if we fail to act. Fuck John Kerry!
The US was the first nation to use weapons of mass destruction -- Throwing Small Pox in the blankets of native Americans in the first known instance of germ warfare known to mankind.
While all perpetrators of crimes involving weapons of mass destruction should be held accountable, I wonder if John Kerry considers the first atomic weapons needlessly dropped on Japan (The Japanese were ready to surrender but not unconditionally: They wanted to preserve their Emperor - that was their sole condition) weapons of mass destruction?
Endless indignation from clench-jawed politicians who don't know their history make me puke! This country will reap what it has sewn, no matter how many petty tyrants we cut down along the way.
God knows May Day and Labor Day are the only holidays for us working folks!
I wonder if we would be going after Assad with that first cruise Tomahawk? If we miss will Assad unleash chemical weapons attacks all across Syria? If Assad falls do we have a hundred thousand troops or so ready to go into Syria to find and secure their chemical weapons? Will Israel decide this is a good time to go after Iran's nuclear program? Should we risk our national security to get involved in another countries religious war? I guess these are just a few questions we should be asking our leaders. God bless our leaders with wisdom and I hope y'all have a great Labor Day weekend.
We will survive !
In the wake of the 1993 hangover resulting from faulty intelligence that suckered them into the Neo-cons war in Iraq, the British Parliament yesterday dealt a striking blow to Cameron on a watered down version of a vote that some type of force must be used to punish Assad.
Labor was the main mover behind the vote but many in the Tory (conservative) side of Cameron's coalition bolted. It's too bad we don't have some senators with enough cojones to match that. Instead we have clowns like Ted Cruz.
Having said that, while I am in favor of taking out Assad, there are no good options for the US in Syria. Had we not gone to war in Iraq one could imagine a transference of US military assets in a "coalition of the willing" from a far more successful Afghan campaign to a boots-on-the-ground Tom Clancy-like invasion of Syria. That ain't gonna happen.
Assad and the Chief of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards are threatening Israel if the US attacks in any way. Israel is silent and and quietly gloves-up with chemical gear for it's entire civilian population.
Bottom line: No matter what anybody does, Assad has nothing to lose. The genie is out of the bottle. The latest news is he napalmed a school in Aleppo, Syria's second largest city yesterday. The sound bites from the BBC were horrific, people with burns screaming to be let into hospitals...
I don't think we have the cards to play this hand. It hurts to watch the evil ASSad has brought upon the Syrian people,but I would hope for a much larger coalition of countries be willing to get involved before any military action is taken. A large coalition could also help bring about a diplomatic solution.
President Obama is not showing his cards and is noticeably passive with the dire situation in Syria. Potential consequences are very serious to ponder. Johnman's former employer has positioned several assets in the Mediterranean: when will the Tomahawks lift?
The Entergy Corporation announced the closure of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear power plant in Vernon, VT. at the end of the 2014 power cycle.
While there was a massive citizen's movement against this plant and nukes in general, it wasn't people power that brought Entergy's caving-in, leaking nuclear plant to shutting down. It was the competing low price of natural gas. Of course, if you want to know the story, follow the money.
The bad news? The NRC (Federal nuclear oversight agency) gives all nuclear power plants in the decommissioning process up to 60 years to dismantle plants. And, the NRC has no Federal Waste Depository for on site used nuclear fuel rods piling up on site past the time of decommissioning (at all sites in this country).
If only we weren't still licking our wounds from the war in Afghanistan, the invasion of Iraq, and the general collapse of our economy....
You can't turn on the news without hearing the drumbeat for military action against Syria. This has not been a rush to judgement as in the Iraq war and Assad has truly crossed a line of no return with his use of chemical weapons.
The problem is that Assad HAS crossed the line and there is no deterrent for him and his regime. If we lob a few cruise missiles at high-value targets it makes no difference. The choice is still between defeat and sure death for Assad or victory. Remarkably, Syria still has Iran, Russia and to a lesser degree Iraq as allies in his corner.
If there were a country who would take Assad and his family and higher-ups into exile it would present an alternative but there is no such country.
World markets are roiling, this time with good cause. There are no good choices in this conflict for the US. A war-weary nation is not about to occupy Syria and stay until democratic elections can be achieved. The US is not even willing to expend treasure to keep up an air blockade.
This is frightening on many levels.