Syria: Intevention Less Popular Than Congress

(10 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Cross posted from The Stars Hollow Gazette

The United States is seemingly on the fast track to attack Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad government. The US had the backing of the Great Britain and some of the European countries but here in the US, intervention has less support than Congress:

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll has finally found something that Americans like even less than Congress: the possibility of U.S. military intervention in Syria. Only 9 percent of respondents said that the Obama administration should intervene militarily in Syria; a RealClearPolitics poll average finds Congress has a 15 percent approval rating, making the country’s most hated political body almost twice as popular.

The poll was taken the same week that reports of the Assad government’s alleged use of chemical weapons against his own people in the rebel held suburbs of Damascus. A clear 60% of the respondent to the poll are firmly opposed to any intervention, while the remainder were unsure.

Obviously President Barack Obama is not listening to the people. Nor is he listening to Congress who prefer that the president consult with them even though under the War Powers Resolution of 1973. According to the WPR, the president is “required to notify Congress within 48 hours of committing armed forces to military action and forbids armed forces from remaining for more than 60 days, with a further 30 day withdrawal period, with a further 30 day withdrawal period, without an authorization of the use of military force or a declaration of war.

Perhaps it is time that the WPR be  once again revised to keep the US out of these disatrous adventures.

According to Jon Walker at FDL, it appears unlikely that congress would give its blessing to this action:

Once again we are on the path to significant military action against a country in the Middle East and once again it looks like the intent of the Constitution will be ignored. President Obama will begin military action against a Syria without Congressional approval even though there will be plenty of time to get it. There is no hurry, hard deadline or ticking clock. This is not an emergency.

Obama has not called Congress back into session for an official declaration of war in accordance with the War Powers Clause of the Constitution nor is there any indication that Congress leaders even want to fulfill their Constitutional responsibility by ending their summer recess early.

This has all the earmarks of being a great fiasco that will cause even more harm to US image in the region and even more harm to the Syrian people.  


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  1. TMC
  2. tahoebasha3

    as well as some information on the Syria situation.  Note that there is no military solution!  

            Click on Petition

    (There’s been some words to the effect that becoming involved may be a back door entrance to Iran, even.)

  3. banger

    That’s simply no longer a part of law despite what the Constitution says. We can have unofficial undeclared wars which is now, as current law seems to say, permanent. Thus if we are always at war then any action taken is just a part of that war and needs no special approval. In the same way, there is no longer any need to get Security Council permission. The old rules are not in place anymore and will not return. The President does as he pleases–or, more accurately, what the current ruling cliques say he should do.  

  4. tahoebasha3

    I think that that declaration is still in effect — didn’t go away!  

    Agreed!  There are no binding laws anymore with respect to just about anything and everything!  

    We are an anarchist nation!

  5. TMC

    he must show that there is a direct threat to the United States which didn’t stop Obama from taking action in Libya.

  6. tahoebasha3

    was probably a set up by us.  When Gaddaffi made the statement that he would be asking for Libyan Oil exports to be paid in dinars, that is when the shit hit the fan.  And you know you give cash to enough people to stir them up to get them to fight against each other, etc.  (Same like we supplied cash to the Sunnis and Shia at the same time, the Taliban and the Afghans, etc.. . . our (i)modas operandi,(/i) of course, we’ll never know the truth about Libya.)

    (While we demonized Gaddaffi for years and years, the people apparently loved him.  Libyan Oil revenues were spent on Libyans.  Everyone in Libya received a free education.  The less fortunate were subsidized.  Homes were encouraged and Libya helped set up terms that people could afford, etc.  Gaddaffi was able to walk amongst his people in huge crowds, etc.)  

  7. TMC

    by the CIA to oust Assad and hamper the Russian presence in the Mediterranean Sea.  

  8. tahoebasha3

    in the least.  Everything we do is so underhanded and ruthless.

  9. banger

    That seems to be what is happening. Through multiple sources we know that the basic plan to either destroy, take over, or turn into vassal states all countries in the ME and Central Asia has been in effect since the the early 2000’s. The neoconservatives never lost their basic control of foreign policy. The only difference from Bush is that these groups have been more quiet relying more on covert ops and destabilization efforts rather than a direct invasion. I mean we know Syria has nerve gas so if Obama knew he could drum up a war he’d fight it–but the American people will not tolerate so he uses these sneaky methods.

    But I think the American people are beginning to wonder–they’ve been flim-flammed so many times how can they trust the authorities and the lying media?

  10. tahoebasha3

    of the PNAC if you have not already done so.  Also, Rebuilding America’s Defenses . . . . . !

    Just bumped into this article “The Neocons’ Project for the New American Century: “American World Leadership” – Syria next to Pay the Price?  

    By Felicity Arbuthnot

    Global Research, September 20, 2012

    “In every age it has been the tyrant, the oppressor and the exploiter, who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both to deceive and overawe the people.” (Eugene Debs, 1855-1926, speech Canton, Ohio, 16th June 1918.)

    Read this extremely interesting article!

    BTW, within the article, sorties over Iraq are mentioned. Reality is that beginning in May, of 2001 (and, perhaps, sooner), we began flying sorties over Iraq bombing their agricultural lands, their already damaged infrastructures, etc.  The bombing sorties flown over Iraq, in covert operations, right up until March of 2003 when we officially invaded Iraq, totaled 21,736.  See

    “U.S. changed Iraq policy to begin airstrikes months before war”  

  11. tahoebasha3

    I stated above as early as May of 2001, the date the sorties actually began (which I had read elsewhere, I think in John Conyers’ George W. Bush versus the U.S. Constitution), but this article states they began in June of 2002.  

  12. tahoebasha3

    I stated above as early as May of 2001, the date the sorties actually began (which I had read elsewhere, I think in John Conyers’ George W. Bush versus the U.S. Constitution), but this article states they began in June of 2002.  

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