Thursday, September 12, 2013

Blast Hits Benghazi on Anniversary of Consulate Attack

A car bomb was detonated near the Foreign Ministry Building in Benghazi, Libya early Wednesday morning, one year to the day after Al-Qaeda linked militants stormed the U.S. Consolate in that city, killing U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens that day and three other Americans.  To read the full story, click on the above link from Fox News.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Senate Panel Votes to Authorize Syria Strike

President Obama cleared his first hurdle today as a key Senate panel voted to authorize the president to launch a punitive military attack against Syria.  The panel voted 10-7 with one Senator voting present to approve a military strike as a result of the chemical-weapsons attacks against Syrian civilians on August 14th.  1400 civilians were killed in the attacks.  John McCain (R-AZ) balked at the earlier draft and the objections toughened the new measure as a result.  McCain was among 10 who voted for the final resolution after adding two amendments to it.  He wanted tougher language concerning U.S. policy on the momentum changing on the ground.  He ultimately won that amendment to the bill.  To read the full story, click on the above link from Fox News.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

McCain Has Guarded Optimism After White House Meeting on Syria

Senators John McCain (R-AZ) left and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on the right

President Obama met with his closets Republican allies on Sunday as he's trying to win Congressional support for punitive military action against Syria, as the Pentagon prepares the Nimitz aircraft carrier group for a potential strike.  McCain, who is one of Obama's closest allies on military matters, says that a vote from Congress against military action in Syria would undermine the credibility of the president and the United States, but we still have a long way to go.  He said that with a military strike that the Assad regime must be crippled, and the rebels helped in the process.  He said Bashaar-al-Assad must be outsted and any action that takes place must be to cripple that regime and the rebel forces helped. 

I believe that President Obama will have both Graham and McCain's support in the matter of Syria.  McCain is usually in support of military action in the Middle East.  However, there are consequences involved if Assad is ousted.  Who will fill in the vacuum once Assad is ousted?  Would it be an extreme Muslim jihadist group, like we've seen take place in Iran 34 years ago and Egypt within the last couple of years?  It can make the situation in the Middle East that much more unstable if somebody worse fills Assad's spot.  To read the full story, click on the above link from Fox News.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Obama Faces Renewed International Opposition on Syria, While Trying to Win U.S. Support

President Obama, in his efforts to win America's support over for a punitive military strike on Syria, faces renewed challenges of winning international support for a showdown with Syria.  Russia and China are leading the international opposition.  Russia's foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, said the information the U.S. presented to Moscow trying to prove that the Syrian regime was behind the August 21st chemical-weapons attacks is "absolutely unconvincing."  Russia is Syria's closest ally, weapons supplier, and protector at the United Nations.  The Obama administration asserts that the Assad regime was behind the chemical-weapons attack that killed more than 1400 people and has been resuming efforts today to win Congressional support.  The Assad family has rule Syria for four decades and more than 100,000 people have been killed in the two-year-long civil war to oust the Assad regime.  To read the full story, click on the above link from Fox News.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Constitution Gives Obama No Power to Use Force in Syria

George WashingtonGeorge Washington and the Constitutional Convention

Terrence Jeffrey wrote an article in CNS News concerning what the Constitution states concerning the subject of war and the fact that Congress is the body that declares war according to Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution.  Read the article and it will explain what the Founders' views were concerning war.