September 4th, 2013
04:49 AM ET

The White House makes its case on Syria

The White House's case for a military strike on Syria enters Round II Wednesday.

Secretary of State John Kerry returns to the Hill, this time to be grilled by the House Foreign Affairs Committee. On Tuesday, he appeared before the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee to sway skeptical lawmakers. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey joined him.

Some 43 lawmakers in the House and the Senate now say they can get behind President Barack Obama. But about two-thirds remain undecided or haven't announced how they plan to vote.

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  1. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

    Syria is like killing off all your friends and relatives just so you can get even with the idiot on the other side of the neighborhood. I throw Quaker State at thee, Assad you vile snob.

    September 4, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    It is becoming eminently clear now that the 'action' in Syria would be more substantial then what is being propagated.
    And with AIPAC's active involvement ,what we already knew is now a fact. That this would be again a proxy war.

    September 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    So folks welcome to the sequel to 'Bush in Iraq', let me add also that once Congress approves, US involvement would not be limited or contained to Syria.
    American public? What commodity is that?

    September 4, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    blocked

    September 4, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    @bobcat
    my friend if happen to pass by again check out VoteVet.com.Tens of thousands of veterans and military personnel are raising their voices against the folly of military involvement in Syria.

    September 4, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      And it is indeed folly. The US is tired. And tired of our elected officials not representing their constituents. They are supposed to represent the will of the people.
      Vote all of them out.

      September 4, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Amen @ banasy! Time to fire them all and start over. With a 2 term max so they don't get so comfortable they start to get sloppy!

    September 4, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      They need to lower the Senate term to 4 years, and raise the House term to 4 years. It appears that all the Representatives are doing is campaigning for the next election. Limit each branch to 2 terms. Get some new representation in there!

      September 4, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juan Jiminez

      This is what the fou nding fathers did not want folks. These elongated terms weren't part of the vision they had in mind. This is partly what tea partiers stand proudly upon.

      September 5, 2013 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Well and good, Juan. I will see if they live up to that when they serve their two terms and decline to run again. You are correct that the FF didn't want to see career polititians.

      September 5, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • ronvan

      Could not agree more! ALL of them should be thrown out! As I have said before, just how worse off would we be? OUR "elected children", DO NOTHING, DON'T want to help US, are worthless! Term limits, 2 terms, OK! I would also pass a law making it a felony for ANY lobbyist, special interest groups, etc., to even talk with an elected representative other than a daily greeting!

      September 6, 2013 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    When the time comes, I hope to.

    September 4, 2013 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Aller alec Dieu, Dora. No map necessary, keep it in your backpack.

    September 4, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Lol @ banasy, isn't that what i said?

    September 4, 2013 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      The terms of both houses need to be equal, chrissy. Under your scenario, Senators could have 12 years, while Reps would have 4. Even up the playing field.

      September 5, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    The only good thing that has come out of Congress convening early to approve or not approve, is the re~thinking of the US financing the Egxptian military!

    September 5, 2013 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    good morning all.
    I see that now my responses either to@chrissy or @banasy are being blocked.

    September 5, 2013 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    "Arabs will pay for our attack on Syria" Kerry. That is indeed a slur Mr.Secy. Now we are rendered to a position of mercenaries, military for hire?.

    September 5, 2013 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)¬©

      Well Hell, if they're going to pay for it, what are we waiting for. Shoot, it's crazy that we would wait any longer before we start killing everybody again. They just wrote us a blank check. How in the world could anyone be against this ? We get to go in and tear up some stuff and reinforce the hatred that is already at an all time high over there. And all it's going to cost us of what remains of our self esteem. How could anyone ever argue against that ?

      September 5, 2013 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    Arabs will pay to rent us and Israel as always will kick us into a proxy war.
    Great.

    September 5, 2013 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)¬©

      Hello dazzle my friend. Long time no see. These war drums are once again becoming deafening. Now, as saywhat says, the Arab world is willing to foot the bill. That knowledge makes it so much more palatable. I was not aware your husband was with DWOB. Is that a voluntary commitment, or are they called in as they were during viet nam ?
      In either case, you give him my best and prayers for safety if he is called in.

      September 5, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    being blocked now.

    September 5, 2013 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)¬©

      @ dazzle
      That sounds like a heck of a guy you've got there. I have to admire such a selfless person like that. But good luck to him.
      On rhe other side, things have been going pretty well. Hotter than blazes down here. And needless to say, you seem to be happy and doing well. How is our Tori doing btw ?

      September 5, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bobcat (in a hat)©

    A man visiting a graveyard saw a tombstone that read: ‚ÄúHere lies John Smith, a lawyer and an honest man.‚ÄĚ

    ‚ÄúHow about that!‚ÄĚ he exclaimed. ‚ÄúThey‚Äôve got three people buried in one grave.‚ÄĚ

    September 5, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
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