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Speaker of the House John Boehner just came out in favor of President Obama taking military action in Syria. He walked out of the White House to the media and said the following.

The use of these weapons has to be responded to, and only the United States has the capability and capacity to stop Assad and to warn others around the world that this type of behavior is not going to be tolerated.

I appreciate the president reaching out to me and my colleagues in Congress over the last couple of weeks. I also appreciate the president asking the Congress to support him in this action.

This is something the United States as a country needs to do. I'm going to support the president's call for action. I believe my colleagues should support this call for action.

We have enemies around the world that need to understand that we are not going to tolerate this type of behavior. We also have allies around the world and allies in the region who also need to know that America will be there and stand up when it is necessary.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-OH) also came out in support of a resolution backing military action with a caveat. He said the authorization language will likely change but that America has a compelling national security interest to prevent and respond to to the use of weapons of mass destruction especially by a terrorist state like Syria. He claims the reason is to prevent further instability in the region.

According to Huffington Post, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also came out in support of the President claiming that it was humanity who drew a red line decades ago and not the President. She reiterated that the President did not need congressional authorization for military action in Syria but that getting it was a good thing.

So the drumbeat to war continues. Republicans will support this Democratic President to wage war overseas. As long as money is being spent to bolster the military industrial complex’s coffers, Republicans will offer bipartisan support. Waging war against domestic unemployment, domestic infrastructure decay, domestic healthcare access failure, and domestic education failure do not merit support or incremental funding.

It is rather sad that the reason for Boehner’s support is more intellectually honest than many. Many who support an action speak about the human suffering that the use of these weapons caused as if murder by machete, napalm, shrapnel, and bombs are less painful or les outrageous. For Boehner it was about world order with the US being in control and demonstrating power to keep that order as the US sees fit. That lack to mention human suffering is probative as it is the same lack of humanity demonstrated domestically by both him and his party.

It is doubtful that most Americans want the cost of being the self-imposed police of the world. After-all, the state of the American working middle class is not aided by maintaining the current world order. They would much prefer that the President and Congress give Americans the wherewithal for them to rebuild their American dream.

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  •  isn't this rather lackluster? i mean this post? (0+ / 0-)

    somebody said that climate disaster is 5 minutes to midnight.

    it seems to me the USofA must then be 2 minutes to midnight.

    are we muted by some idea we must support Democrats? is that it? are we being held back because we can't move out from under the burden of brand Dem in Washington?

    are we so blind that we put the Democratic party before our country?

    are we so crippled that we can only hang on to existing systems and repeat repeat repeat the drum beat for war on every front imaginable: we are at war with ourselves.

    and we don't even see it.

    “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Buckminster Fuller

    by pfiore8 on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 11:06:29 AM PDT

    •  appropos lyric: (1+ / 0-)
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      Some multi mega company
      Just bought up all the news;
      The whores come on at 6 o'clock
      (That's just a tool they use)

      You say that Mr Orwell
      Was wrong about the date?
      I guess I could agree with that:
      The poor old boy was late.


      Jorge's a renegade
      There's blood on his hands
      Oil in his arteries
      And cyanide inside his glands

      There's bullets and ballots and bodies
      The lawyer's are startin' to freak -
      You want another war?
      You got to wait another week!

      Good god, you better wake up
      Before it hits you.

      "Well, yeah, the Constitution is worth it if you succeed." - Nancy Pelosi // Question: "succeed" at what?

      by nailbender on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 11:37:25 AM PDT

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  •  All those predictions of certain failure in the (1+ / 0-)
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    ...House might have been premature. It also seems like things are moving quickly even though the Congress is still in recess.

    I think what Nancy Pelosi said was probably shorter and to the point than anything else that I have heard pro intervention.

    The politicians may be bought, and the system corrupt, but it is our duty to fix these things.

    by sebastianguy99 on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 11:25:54 AM PDT

    •  if by shorter and to the point (0+ / 0-)

      You mean obfuscating and misdirecting - then I agree!

      House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also voiced support for military action in Syria. "President Obama did not draw the red line," she said. "Humanity drew it decades ago."
      One would assume she references the CWC, of which Syria isn't a signatore (just like the US isn't a signatore of the ICC) - so the standing of position here is tenuous at best - let alone the myriad of claimed chemical attacks in the intervening 16 years by a variety of forces
      She said that she did not think that congressional authorization was necessary but said that it was a "good thing."
      I am not quite sure how she comes to this conclusion - but I guess if she explained that one, her statement wouldn't have been as 'short and to the point' I guess!

      "I want to keep them alive long enough that I can win them to Christ," - Rick Warren, Professional Greed Driven Scumbag

      by josephk on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 11:40:59 AM PDT

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      •  No that's is what you think. Move on please. (1+ / 0-)
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        There is no need to wonder if I meant something other than what I said. It needs no interpretation or deconstruction.

        You have a different take. Fine.

        Some of us haven't made up our minds but feel that both sides have giant gaping moral holes that belie the moral certainty too many wish to claim.

        Have a nice day.

        The politicians may be bought, and the system corrupt, but it is our duty to fix these things.

        by sebastianguy99 on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 12:51:53 PM PDT

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  •  Watched "Syriana" last night. (0+ / 0-)

    Pretty dead-on comment toward the end of the movie, spoken by the reformist Arab prince who the US had just supplanted with his corrupt, venal brother to be their puppet:

    "When a country has 5 percent of the world's population but does 50 percent of its military spending, then the persuasive powers of that country are in decline."

    "Well, yeah, the Constitution is worth it if you succeed." - Nancy Pelosi // Question: "succeed" at what?

    by nailbender on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 11:30:29 AM PDT

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