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Too bad we don’t have Senator Obama and Senator Biden in the White House

August 29, 2013

ying_yangWar with Syria seem imminent. Here is what the AP had to report on Obama’s remarks yesterday:

President Barack Obama is vowing that American retaliation for Syrian chemical weapons use would send a “strong signal,” as U.S. intelligence officials readied briefings for Congress on evidence aimed at linking last week’s attack to President Bashar Assad’s government.


Obama did not present specific evidence to back up his assertion that the Assad regime is responsible for the Aug. 21 attack.


Obama said he was not seeking a lengthy, open-ended conflict in Syria, indicating that any U.S. response would be limited in scope. But he argued that Syria’s use of chemical weapons not only violated international norms, but threatened “America’s core self-interest.”

“We do have to make sure that when countries break international norms on weapons like chemical weapons that could threaten us, that they are held accountable,” he said.

Wow. Is anyone having flashbacks to the Bush years? Replace any time Bush used the phrase “weapons of mass destruction” and insert “chemical weapons” and you now have the talking points for President Obama. Notice how Obama isn’t even seeking Congressional approval. I wonder what a couple of top Senate Democrats during the Bush years would have said about such unilateral motions of war from a president?

Here is what Senator Obama told the Boston Globe back in 2007 :

The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.

As Commander-in-Chief, the President does have a duty to protect and defend the United States. In instances of self-defense, the President would be within his constitutional authority to act before advising Congress or seeking its consent. History has shown us time and again, however, that military action is most successful when it is authorized and supported by the Legislative branch. It is always preferable to have the informed consent of Congress prior to any military action.

As for the specific question about bombing suspected nuclear sites, I recently introduced S.J. Res. 23, which states in part that “any offensive military action taken by the United States against Iran must be explicitly authorized by Congress.” The recent NIE tells us that Iran in 2003 halted its effort to design a nuclear weapon. While this does not mean that Iran is no longer a threat to the United States or its allies, it does give us time to conduct aggressive and principled personal diplomacy aimed at preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

What a difference a change of title makes. It would be interesting to see Senator Obama stand up to President Obama. Maybe we should get those two to meet someday!

How about Vice President Joe Biden? Is he supporting President Obama’s call to war? Here is what the NY Daily News has to report on the matter:

Meanwhile, Biden became the highest-ranking member of the Obama administration to rattle a saber as he ripped into Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and his henchmen.

“Those who use chemical weapons against defenseless men, women and children should and must be held accountable,” he said at an American Legion convention in Houston.

Biden’s comments about the alleged Aug. 21 attack on the outskirts of Damascus came after White House spokesman Jay Carney turned the screws on Syria by saying “there must be a response.”

Now lets look at what Senator Biden would say on the issue. Biden was very outspoken against President Bush and had this to say in 2007 (YouTube video):

“I want to make it clear to you, I’ve drafted, with the help of 17 years I was the chairman of the Judiciary Committee or the ranking member. Ladies and gentlemen, I drafted an outline of what I think the constitutional limits have on the president in over the war clause. I went to five leading scholars, constitutional scholars, and they drafted a treatise for me, and it’s being distributed to every senator. And I want to make it clear and I made it clear to the president, if he takes this nation to war in Iran, without congressional approval — I will make it my business to impeach him.”

I wonder if Senator Biden will support the impeachment of President Obama now that he is taking the same steps as those walked by President Bush? Maybe Vice President Biden can help us find Senator Biden. Maybe we can find Senator Obama and Senator Biden before it is too late. Sadly I fear DC has removed all signs of Senators Obama and Biden.

PS: On Saturday August 31 there will be Global No War with Syria Rallies!

  1. August 29, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Interesting post, I can associate with some of your ideals, baring this in mind, this may be of interest to you:

  2. August 30, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I suppose the difference is that in 2003, those weapons were imaginary, as were the trucks seen taking them into Syria. Bush made them all up, remember? But now that they’re being used in Syria, they’re real. They’re the same weapons Saddam had in Iraq, but they were still imaginary when he hid them in Syria. Only now they’re real, like the Velveteen Rabbit. They’ve become real.

    • Ken Santema
      August 30, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      yeah. The other problem is we don’t know who used the chemical weapons. Both sides of the war in Syria have done horrendous things. Neither side has the moral upper ground.

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