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It was just last Summer 2013 that President Obama went before the American people to explain why we, the United States of America, should send military aide to Syria. He was very clear as to why we needed to intervene in the Syrian war and why we needed to assist certain segments of the civil war in Syria. He asked congress for a resolution and authorization (which would have included $500 million in funding) to get our forces into the Syrian conflict. To stress this again, President Obama wanted and tried to get the U.S. directly involved in the Syrian civil war. And he requested congressional authorization to do so. But what happened next was pretty amazing. Republicans who had been urging the president to send troops and aid to Syria - suddenly retreated and refused to grant him the authorization which had been requested by the president. They did a complete about face on the subject. These were the same GOP members who had been accusing the president of not consulting with congress. But as soon as they were consulted they decided to ignore the request.  It was the U.S. Congress that kept the U.S. military out of the Syrian war. Not the president. That's because we have a congress that's made up of GOP members that will do anything and everything to oppose and disrupt anything that is requested by President Obama. Their opposition is so acute that they even take the side of America's adversaries as when we saw Sarah Palin and Rudy Giuliani putting down President Obama while praising the leadership skills of Russian President Putin.

It is unfortunate that CNN, CBS, NBC and ABC have all neglected to point out that it was the inaction by congress that kept us out of Syria. Instead they are all wrapped up with the Clinton versus Obama storyline which is a bit pathetic. Wolf Blitzer, David Gregory and everyone else have been so busy with the insinuation that Hillary Clinton was somehow "attacking" Obama on the issue of Syria that they have all neglected the tell America the truth. And the truth is that we might have made a mistake by not getting more involved in Syria. But it was the U.S. Congress that kept us out of Syria. Not President Obama.

We all know that this Obama versus Clinton scenario sell a lot of newspapers and books but it's time for Meet The Press and The Situation Room and other so-called 'news' programs to start telling the complete story. Not just stories based on insinuations and nonsense. We know FOX and Salem communications and others will never tell the whole truth. They are part of the anti Obama industry in America and their tear down America and dismantle government campaign. But we expect better from CBS, ABC, NBC, and CNN.

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  •  McCain and Lindsay Graham Had Personal (2+ / 0-)
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    Metric Only, PeteZerria

    involvement according to some discussion on the THom Hartmann radio program today. I missed the particulars however.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 07:28:17 PM PDT

  •  Interesting argument regarding ISIS: (2+ / 0-)
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    PatriciaVa, Roadbed Guy
    the truth is that we might have made a mistake by not getting more involved in Syria.
    Now that's some analysis - what a great idea!

    In fact, given that IS[IS] has a major presence in Iraq, we have to wonder, wasn't it a huge mistake that we didn't get more involved militarily in Iraq!!

    "Trust me... I've been right before." ~ Tea party patriot

    by Calvino Partigiani on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 07:41:41 PM PDT

    •  ISIS seized arms/dollars that Bush left behind... (1+ / 0-)
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      Calvino Partigiani

      ...when he armed the Iraqis.  Hundreds of millions of dollars in Mosul alone.  

      And the professionals army that Bush had spent billions of dollars training over several years?  They deserted.

      And we're supposed to believe that, had President Obama armed the Cannibal Rebels, they would not have used those same arms against US interests???

      What's been going on in Syria over the last couple of weeks?

      The "moderate" rebels that HRC wanted to arm as SoS have been defecting to ISIS.

      I can't believe that there are those who believe that there's such a thing as "moderate" extremists in the Middle East.

      Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project.

      by PatriciaVa on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 08:42:06 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Don't just blame the Republicans - (5+ / 0-)

    I called the White House and my Congressional representatives numerous times urging them to keep our troops out of Syria.  I still think it was the right decision.

  •  POLITICOSIS - Two points on your diary (3+ / 0-)
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    Calvino Partigiani, PatriciaVa, FG

    The POTUS didn't need congressional approval to move forward in Syria.

    The vote in Congress against action in Syria was supported on this site by a ratio of 9:1.

    "let's talk about that" uid 92953

    by VClib on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 08:07:47 PM PDT

  •  The conditions for spawning ISIS was in (0+ / 0-)

    place long before the Summer of 2013.

    And yes, the Republicans in Congress share the blame, but so the Dems in good part, as well as both the Bush & Obama administrations for supporting Maliki's brutal regime in Iraq.

    Not the brutality necessarily mattered to the ISIS folk, but the fact that Maliki was essentially an Iranian dupe sure did.

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