September 6th, 2013
12:40 PM ET

Obama: U.N. paralyzed on Syria strike

U.S. President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, said they held "constructive" talks Friday on the deeply divisive issue of Syria on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Russia.

The two leaders hold opposing views over whether military action should be taken against the Syrian government over its alleged use of chemical weapons on its own people.

Obama also said that because of Security Council "paralysis" on the issue, countries should be willing to act without the council's authorization.

"If we are serious about upholding a ban on chemical weapons use, then an international response is required, and that will not come through Security Council action."


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  1. saywhat

    "Russia could come to Syria's aid on US strike" Putin.
    'AIPAC to launch a lobbying blitz for Obama's strike" Jerusalem Post.

    September 6, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    And we know folks what AIPAC wants it gets courtesy of its org in the 'mighty' Congress of US of A.

    September 6, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Strange and deranged it may seem but we are 'rationally' debating another war while the old ones fester.

    September 6, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    And let us not even try to delude ourselves that this would be a 'limited' strike. Preparations have been going on for expanding our involvement and 'boots on the ground' is on the table.

    September 6, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat


    September 6, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    We would neglect our duty to this country of ours if we don't make our voices heard @bobcat@dazzle@chrissy@banasy @Scottish Mama and other fellow bloggers.

    September 6, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    Call your Reps today folks.

    September 6, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    There is no issue bigger than another war so let us focus on our destiny. "Countries should be willing to act without Security council approval" Pr.Obama. Is that what the world would be like from now on?

    September 6, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Big Clown Show

    The US surrendered this option when it ratified the UN Charter in 1949. After thousands of year of evolution of warfare, there are two legal bases for the use of force: Art 51 Self Defense, and pursuant to an UNSCR. Obo has neither. Clinton had neither going into Kosovo, so the Russians laughed as they invaded Georgia saying, "Remember that doctrine of morale intervention you had? Great idea! Now we're using it! How do you like me now? " Ratatatat, dead Georgian corpses laying around. After destroying the US military and creating $17 trillion in indebtedness, azz monkey wants an illegal military solution? Thanks, obo voters, for putting a big clown in charge.

    September 6, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sad to behold

    Apparently this cl0wn is unaware that there are two legal bases for the use of force, and he's not in either of them. The UN Charter treaty arrangement says Art 51 self defense, or chapter 7 puruant to a UN Security Council Resolution. What do you have, cl0wn? Nothing. "Moral interventionism" sticking your nose in other country's business, like Clinton invoked going into Kosovo. And the Russians invoked as they invaded Georgia. Welcome to the big leagues, cl0wn.

    September 6, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      The sad thing is that there are clowns on both side of the aisle. Iran Contra, anyone? Iraq, anyone. Get real.

      September 6, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sad to behold

      So narrow minded ... Iran contra didn't kill anyone and oh by the way contributed to victory in the Cold War and defeat of the Soviet Union. Bush had both Art 51 and UNSCR authority going into Iraq, to enforce the resolution mandating inspections that ended the Gulf War. Oh, by the way, dozens of Iraqi sources state that Hussein's chemical weapons program drove up Highway 1 into Syria, they are one and the same. I won't bother asking you to get real. That is beyond your capacity.

      September 6, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I'm not narrow minded. I'm rooted in reality, and I am merely pointing out that your extreme partisianship is ridiculous given all the woes that this country has been through in the last 30 years. Grow up. Can it, JR. We know you hate Obama.

      September 6, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I amd merely pointing out that both parties are not blameless in the woes that we've endured in the last 30 years. My goodness. Stop your silly ad hominems, JR.

      September 6, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    Or Bush in Iraq, "mission accomplished' nonsense. The Afghan debacle.

    September 6, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    Wake up folks. Are we that far gone that we can't stand up to these foreign lobbies and get their boots of off our backs??

    September 6, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    Pardon the mistake. It should be 'Off of" or just 'off'.

    September 6, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    I have already contacted my Rep. And I have one question: where was the outrage when Hussein was gassing the Kurds? Where was the US intervention then?
    Not one US boot on the ground. Not one drop of American blood. This is an Arab League/UN event. Step up already!

    September 6, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    Or when Saddam was gassing Iranians with chemicals supplied regretfully by us during Iraq- Iran war??

    September 6, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
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