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The Iraq War is over and it's unimportant.  What's important is Syria.
Yes, believe it or not, the one and only "you know who" is giving us advice.  Whether we agree with it or not, it's, well...  Interesting that he's saying this.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) warned against an "arbitrary" focus on the use of chemical weapons in Syria as motivation for a military attack on the nation.

Issa said such a focus would seem to legitimize attacks by a government on its own people using conventional weapons.

"Tens of thousands have been killed by the Assad regime in this brutal conflict -- relatively few by chemical weapons. A military response that places an arbitrary focus on such weapons will do little to protect civilians and sends a deeply misguided signal that totalitarian regimes should only use conventional weapons to carry out mass murder," he said in a statement issued Monday.

I mean, seriously, Darrell Issa seems to be so cautious about Syria with regards to any airstrikes in Syria yet he wasn't cautious at all with regards to the Iraq War years ago:

Voted NO on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan. (Mar 2011)
Voted NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)
Voted YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date. (Jun 2006)
Voted YES on approving removal of Saddam & valiant service of US troops. (Mar 2004)
Voted YES on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)
Voted Yea (Passage) - HR 3087 - Requiring Reports from the Defense Department to Congress Regarding Withdrawal from Iraq
Voted Nay (Passage) - HR 2956 - Redeployment from Iraq Act
Voted Yea (Passage) - H Res 557 - War in Iraq Anniversary Resolution
Voted Nay (Amendment Vote) - H Amdt 672 - Repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" After Military Review and Certification
Voted Nay (Passage) - HR 3159 - Mandatory Troop Rest Periods Between Deployments to Iraq
Yeah, seriously, what was Issa thinking when he voted No on mandatory troop rest period between deployments to Iraq?

*head bangs on the table*  I just don't understand this Issa man.

If you can't stand to hear more of Darrell Issa's antics, keep the San Diego County Democratic Party busy since they're the most local and active Democratic Party nearby Darrell Issa's area of residence (not to mention his local office).

Make sure you mark down this information and pass it on to others for firing up the base in California's 49th Congressional District if you want to target Issa for re-election and get voter registration drives going.  If you can find someone in the CA-49 who can run against Issa in 2014, the more the merrier:

San Diego County Democratic Party Website:
Address:  8340 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, Suite 10 San Diego, CA 92111
Phone:  (858) 277-3367
Fax:    (858) 571-0275
Contact Form:

Oh and don't forget, the DCCC could use some action as well:  (202) 863-1500


Should we be taking advice from Mr. Darrell Issa on Syria?

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  •  He actually does have some expertise (2+ / 0-)
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    raptavio, peacestpete

    Issa's a weasel and either a crook or unbelievably (un?)lucky.  But reading his bio in Wikipedia, it does appear as the only Lebanese American in the House, he's taken an interest in keeping Syria out of Lebanon, and actually had a meeting with Assad in 2007.

    So arguably, he may have come to  opinion on Syria, um, honestly.  Incredibly enough.

    Interesting that he's taking this position right now, but it probably isn't done put of ignorance.

    Quote of the week: "They call themselves bipartisan because they're able to buy members of both parties," (R. Eskow, Campaign for America's Future.)

    by mbayrob on Mon Sep 02, 2013 at 06:01:43 PM PDT

    •  It's not ignorance I'm arguing against (0+ / 0-)

      I've actually studied Issa well and I believe he's actually a smart person than those on Kos give him credit for, all things considered so I'm not trying to imply that any position he's taken is out of ignorance.  Issa's well versed on matters IT related and, believe it or not, has been one of the most vocal advocates for IT reform in government.  He's very knowledgeable on these matters.

      However, it's hypocrisy I'm arguing and I think it's possible to be smart but also filled with hypocrisy at the same time.  Yes, Issa is a Lebanese American but I think with that kind of background he might be more sensitive to matters related to the Middle East.  The Iraq War, although ended, has impacted the Middle East in a big way that has really made the situation even worse.  Issa should have known

      At this point, anyone who voted for the October 2002 Iraq War Resolution and to continue the Iraq War on the Republican side while not doing even do proper oversight like they're supposed to in Congress is really are being wishy-washy in my view.

      Issa should have been this transparent from 2002-2009.  Of course, like just about 85-90 percent of all Republicans, was pretty much a rubber stamp to President Bush's war policy.

  •  This debate will make strange bedfellows. (0+ / 0-)

    "You can never sink so low in life that you can't be a bad example for somebody." - my dad

    by briefer on Mon Sep 02, 2013 at 06:03:16 PM PDT

  •  Issa makes me want to reach for a fifth rather (0+ / 0-)

    than plead the fifth, and I don't even live down there in his district... looks like he's going down the "Maverick" McCain road in advocating a broader involvement by the US rather than some wimpy little attack over chemical weapons, which would be in keeping with his past voting record. In April, he said that Christianity's roots in the Middle Eastwould justify a US mission there...

    "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward mobile..." - Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    by Jack K on Mon Sep 02, 2013 at 06:04:36 PM PDT

  •  Arbitrary only allowed in his him... (0+ / 0-)
  •  It's funny (0+ / 0-)

    ...watching "progressives" line up behind Issa.

    Republican troglodytes like Issa just want to get a crack at "humilitating" Pres. Obama, like Parliament did with Cameron. That really got their hopes up.

  •  His message is focus group tested to drive a wedge (0+ / 0-)

    between Democrats.

    "Because I am a river to my people."

    by lordcopper on Mon Sep 02, 2013 at 07:09:46 PM PDT

  •  He's right and wrong... (0+ / 0-) you'd expect from someone who chooses his positions based solely on partisan logic rather than the actual merits.  If I chose policies based on the color of the binders in which they were presented to me, they'd have the same mix of right and wrong.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 07:43:16 AM PDT

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