U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday warned that any “punitive” action taken against Syria for an alleged chemical weapons attack last month would be illegal without Security Council or a sound case for self-defense.
“Newspaper also claims that son of MB leader threatened Obama w- release of ‘papers’ revealing his MB membership,” writes Shadi Hamid of Brookings.
Secretary of State John Kerry appeared on “Fox News Sunday” to discuss Syria this morning. Fox News’ Brit Hume found the interview to be “almost painful,” heh.
WALORSKI STATEMENT ON THE PRESIDENT’S COMMENTS ON SYRIA
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement in response to the president’s call for a congressional vote to authorize military action in Syria:
“The American people deserve the opportunity to have their voices heard in Congress regarding the situation in Syria, and I respect the President’s decision to seek a congressional vote concerning future military action.
“I urge Congress to return to Washington immediately so that President Obama can make the case to lawmakers and the American people as to how military action could fulfill a comprehensive strategy to protect our national interests and shield our allies.
“The president’s red line was already crossed, yet it still remains unclear how his recent consideration for a ‘limited, narrow act’ will deter the Assad regime, and I look forward to hearing the Administration’s specific plan in the coming days.”
Fort Wayne, IN – U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman issued the following statement today regarding President Obama’s request for Congressional authorization of military force in Syria:
“I am deeply skeptical of American military involvement in Syria. After ignoring his own ‘red line’ in recent days, President Obama again outlined no clear strategy or objective today should we take military action.
“The American people deserve to have their voices heard regarding whether the United States takes military action in this volatile region and I look forward to hearing the thoughts of Hoosiers as well as the analysis of our intelligence community, and the strategy of this Administration in the coming days.”
Danville, IN – Representative Todd Rokita released the following statement in response to President Obama’s decision to seek authorization from Congress for military intervention in the Syrian conflict.
“I remain skeptical of intervention in the Syrian conflict at this time, as I do not see a clear and imminent threat to the United States. The President, to his credit, has agreed to seek authorization and make his case to Congress to engage in the Syrian conflict that has entangled an entire region. There will be a serious debate in Congress about the wisdom of such intervention and I will continue to seek additional details on the matter that will rightfully come before Congress.
“To date Hoosiers who have expressed an opinion to me at numerous town hall meetings have unanimously been opposed to intervention in this conflict. I will continue to hold more town halls in the weeks ahead to seek further input. On their behalf, I am ready to have this debate, because in the past we have failed to account for the total cost of war and we must be very selective when in engaging due to the human costs and financial costs. We also need to remember that if these two sides weren’t fighting each other, they would be using their time and energy designing ways to fight us.”
“I was actually on a call with the White House a little bit earlier this afternoon,” said Sen. Donnelly. “They are working together with us and we’re working on a response. What we’re trying to make sure is this government in Syria can never ever attack its own people.”
Retired Air ForceLt. Gen. David A. Deptula, who planned the air attack phase of 1991’s Desert Storm operation against Iraq, noted the limited sites in Syria that could be targeted effectively by cruise missiles.
The proposed resolution gives Obama a go-ahead to use the military as he “determines to be necessary and appropriate in connection with the use of chemical weapons or other weapons of mass destruction in the conflict in Syria.” Specifically, the president could act to “prevent or deter the use or proliferation” of the weapons or to “protect the United States and its allies and partners” from the weapons.”
General Jack Keane, a former vice chief of staff of the US Army, told BBC Radio 4 that he had spoken to senior Republican senators who had been briefed by the US president on Monday, and had been assured that Mr Obama planned to do significant damage to the forces of Bashar al-Assad.
But despite days of research and an international investigation, the US says they cannot declare with 100 percent certainty at this time that Assad’s regime was responsible.
The White House released a 4-page document setting forth its case for use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government.
Strange photos appeared to pop up on a U.S. Marine website with an accompanying message to “Refuse your orders.” Initial article reports found at theBlaze and RedFlagNews asked the question if the photos and message were ‘Treason’ or ‘Free Speech?’
Many US servicemen are against the looming strike on Syria, Republican Congressman Justin Amash said on Twitter, in an attempt to counter the idea that the country might be overwhelmingly in favor of military action.
Has Chicago solved all of its other educational issues? We’ll get back to that in a moment, but that must be what the Chicago Public School District believes. Starting this year, kindergarten classes must carve out 30 minutes a month for sex-education classes, and the local CBS affiliate reports that parents aren’t exactly thrilled:
The Chicago Public Schools this year are mandating that the district’s kindergarten classes include sex education, fulfilling a proposal President Barack Obama supported in 2003 when he served in the Illinois state senate and later defended when he ran for president in the 2008 election cycle.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has changed his stance two days after saying he didn’t consider Michigan “one of those historic, traditional Notre Dame rivalries.”
A lobbying group is hoping it can persuade Indiana lawmakers to approve tax incentives to companies making movies in the state, saying it will create jobs.
Taxpayers will dole out $35 million for the film, and generate $131 million in economic gains for the state, according to the Michigan Film Office.
The state Supreme Judicial Court will begin hearing arguments this week in an atheist Acton couple’s quest to strike the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance their children say in the Acton-Boxboro Regional School District.
A lifelong vegetarian told she would never have children has given birth to triplets after she started eating meat.