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. George

    How astonishing is it that the Senate's most vocal opponent to Bush going into Iraq, John "the Fraud" Kerry, now is the lead salesman to go into Syria. One hundred and eighty degree turn, total hypocrite, credibility rating ZERO. "Trust me, Assad did it, we have irrefutable proof that I can't show you... Sure there's no pesky legal authority to intervene in another country's internal conflict, but we're busy-body do-gooders and love the emerging doctrine of aggressive moral intervention."

    September 4, 2013 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. LA Clippers

    I may support another administration's efforts to get control of the chemical weapons and install a secular government, but not this administration's efforts. After the precipitous withdrawal from Iraq, giving Egypt to the Islamic Brotherhood and giving Libya to Al Qaeda, this clown show has amply demonstrated they couldn't strategize their way out of a paper bag. Susan Rice? Valerie Jarrett? John Kerry and Chuck Hagel? F00ls, all. And 0bama is out golfing.

    September 4, 2013 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • saywhat

      I'm sure @LA Clippers that by'fools' you meant Boehner,Cantor, Graham,McCain,King & Co. Yes Sir, the coterie of dual loyalty good for nothing fellers who are part of the problem, responsible for our myriad foreign policy failures beginning Iraq.

      September 4, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Congress, listen to your constituents. No strike. No US boots on Syrian soil. Humantarian efforts ONLY.
    We've been down this road before, and we don't want it, the military doesn't want it, we're tired! No good will come out of this.

    September 4, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Will you just go away? This isn't CNN's Spanish edition.

    September 4, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Take you meds, dear.

    September 4, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat)©

    This is almost like a c/p'd story from yesterday, so here is is my c/p'd comment from yesterday.

    I guess yesterday missed the initial posting of my comment and later realized their mistake, because once they saw it and additional comments, they promptly removed.
    But anyway, for us to make an attack on a country that has done absolutely nothing to us, would make us no better than the countries we always complained about with their aggression to other countries.
    If you think we are hated in that part of the world now, you ain't seen nothing yet.

    September 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Zandie

    White House makes its case?
    There is no case.

    September 4, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat (in a hat)©

    There are many stories related to the sinking of the "T itanic."
    Some have just come to light due to the success of the recent
    movie. For example, most people don't know that back in 1912
    Hellman's mayonnaise was manufactured in England. The
    "T itanic" was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled
    for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico which was to be the next port
    of call for the great ship after New York City.

    The Mexican people were eagerly awaiting delivery and were
    disconsolate at the loss. So much so that they declared a
    national day of mourning which they still observe today.

    It is known, of course, as...

    Sinko de Mayo

    September 4, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Bravo! *Applause*

      September 4, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • ronvan

      I can ALWAYS depend on you to get me to chuckle! Keep them coming!

      September 6, 2013 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©


    September 4, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Taking a page out of BC's book and doing the same:
    The rebels are our enemies. The government is our enemy. Nothing we do will improve our relationship with any of them. Whatever we do will be used by the Middle East as an excuse to attack us. Humanitarian efforts only. Not one drop of American blood.
    Say NO to a Syrian strike.

    September 4, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    I'm just hoping that the "Adios banasy!!" means he won't be posting any more.

    September 4, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. whatever

    damned if u do damned if u don't....Obama sends troops everyone is all "this isn't our war...stay out of it". if nothing gets done and ammad regime bombs his people again with chemical weapons then it will b a "y did nothing get done..y didn't Obama send help?" We the American people need to decide what they want....go in and hit or not? And if its voted not to go in and he listens to congress...don't b putting him down...this is after all what YOU wanted.

    September 4, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Juan Jiminez

    The senate just authorized military force against against Syria. Here we go again

    September 4, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Juan Jiminez

    The sen ate just author ized mil itary for ce against s r yia. Here we go again

    September 4, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    Kerry hasn't ruled out 'American ground presence in Syria' News.
    According to Daily Beast Washington Bureau, a senior official of AIPAC announced that 'their organization in Congress is 'in full court press to push for attack on Syria"

    September 4, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
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