September 1st, 2013
06:21 AM ET

Obama's recoil on Syria strikes draws heat

What appeared to be imminent U.S. military action against Syria will have to wait - at least for another week.

Now that U.S. President Barack Obama is asking for Congress' approval before launching strikes, he must wait until at least September 9, when lawmakers come back from recess.

In the meantime, he's getting heaps of criticism from both sides of the debate around the world.

"We can't understand how you can promise to help those who are being slaughtered every day in the hundreds, giving them false hope, then change your mind and say let's wait and see," said the Syrian National Coalition, a key group of Syrian dissidents.

But Iran, a staunch supporter of the Syrian regime, warned the United States will pay a price if it strikes Syria.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    "Could Syria strike back?"
    No, because we are a big country, they are small, all of the otHer separated Arab nations love us, God is on our Christian side, and now we have only one tower at the WTC.
    We can do whatever we want to Syria, and teach them.

    September 1, 2013 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Aussi, America has the strongest economy in the world because of its people. Arabs are poor: they live in tents built on sand. If we strike them, they will fold up their tents and silently steal away.

    September 1, 2013 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I guess we told them.
    Now where's that big stick?

    September 1, 2013 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    That's right Joey. We need to teach Syria a lesson. I would take it a step further. Iran, like NK has been running at the mouth a whole lot lately. So let's give them a few treats as well. I say we do the new Iranian president like we did Kadufi.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Who is Kadufi? Do you mean Gaddafi? If you are going to try and imitate me, do please try to imitate my spelling.
      I disagree completely with your post.

      September 1, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    The Teddy Roo se velt Big Stick ideogy lives on today. We need to swing that stick in the Middle East for our liberty.
    Bye bye President Assad. B.O.M.B.S awayyyyyyyyyy

    September 1, 2013 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      The man's name was Roosevelt. Why the odd spaces between syllables?

      September 1, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Shock and awe.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. Yahooo

    I see the teenage trolls are at it early. What say you Rupert/kR? Get a life children

    September 1, 2013 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jay jay

    My oh my. Not so easy being POTUS huh Bush haters? Can we say de ja vu? Where are all the war monger comments now??? Nowhere whilst Obama targets the midlle east

    September 1, 2013 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I think it's a mistake to embroil the US in another war. The POTUS is absolutely correct in asking Congress for its imput.
      And Obama isn't "targeting" the Middle East. That's never been his agenda.

      September 1, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    Not banasy© at 9:37, 9:45, and 9:48. Any thinking person would see these are opposing views than ones I espouce. Not to mention that the grammar and syntax is atrocious. "We need to swing that stick in the Middle East for our liberty."? Please. Our liberty isn't even in question.

    September 1, 2013 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Give it a rest, dear.

    September 1, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff Frank

    Time to break out the F-15e's, and some of the newer F-22's. Laser guided bombs. 20mm guns. Oh lets not forget the sidewinder missles. Bashful Bashar. He better figure out just how to fly a Russian built MIG himself. After the triple A's are taken out along with Syrian radar. Then they can blow the chemical weapons cache right on the scud launching pads before they're even deployed. Oh. Did someone say something about waiting till Congress gets back from recess? al Queda better turn aboutt and run. I don't think after taking out Assad, any President is going to do al Quedas work for them.

    September 1, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BOMBO

    If this is a strategy to either
    a) get the repubs to take the blame by seeming to force the Prez's hand or
    b) back away because congress won't sign off
    I say it's ill advised in either case. Obama drew a line in the sand, and for credibility should do something, even if it is a limited number of strikes on selected targets.

    September 1, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff Frank

    Oh maybe can dick around a little longer, and fight off these idiots in our own back yards with slingshots and baseball bats.

    September 1, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    The war hysteria getting its grip on a a gullible public oft deceived before. Besides the pre-Iraq invasion rhetoric paradigm repeating itself at official level, some among us seem to be getting their highs at the prospects of yet another bloody and costly 'game' ( not more than that to these misguided folks) to begin.

    September 1, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    On to Syria then to Lebanon then to Iran like the invaders of yore. All efforts at thinking clearly glitched by the war worm.

    September 1, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
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