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Pat Buchanan: Congress Should Veto Obama's War
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“Congress doesn't have a whole lot of core responsibilities,” said Barack Obama last week in an astonishing remark.

For in the Constitution, Congress appears as the first branch of government. And among its enumerated powers are the power to tax, coin money, create courts, provide for the common defense, raise and support an army, maintain a navy and declare war.

But, then, perhaps Obama’s contempt is justified.

For consider Congress’ broad assent to news that Obama has decided to attack Syria, a nation that has not attacked us and against which Congress has never authorized a war.

Why is Obama making plans to launch cruise missiles on Syria?

According to a “senior administration official … who insisted on anonymity,” President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on his own people last week in the two-year-old Syrian civil war.

But who deputized the United States to walk the streets of the world pistol-whipping bad actors? Where does our imperial president come off drawing “red lines” and ordering nations not to cross them?

Neither the Security Council nor Congress nor NATO nor the Arab League has authorized war on Syria.

Who made Barack Obama the Wyatt Earp of the Global Village?

Moreover, where is the evidence that WMDs were used and that it had to be Assad who ordered them? Such an attack makes no sense.

Firing a few shells of gas at Syrian civilians was not going to advance Assad’s cause but, rather, was certain to bring universal condemnation on his regime and deal cards to the War Party, which wants a U.S. war on Syria as the back door to war on Iran.

Why did the United States so swiftly dismiss Assad’s offer to have U.N. inspectors – already in Damascus investigating old charges he or the rebels used poison gas – go to the site of the latest incident?

Do we not want to know the truth?

Are we fearful the facts may turn out, as did the facts on the ground in Iraq, to contradict our latest claims about WMDs? Are we afraid that it was rebel elements or rogue Syrian soldiers who fired the gas shells to stampede us into fighting this war?

With U.S. ships moving toward Syria’s coast and the McCainiacs assuring us we can smash Syria from offshore without serious injury to ourselves, why has Congress not come back to debate war?

Lest we forget, Ronald Reagan was sold the same bill of goods the War Party is selling today – that we can intervene decisively in a Mideast civil war at little or no cost to ourselves.

Reagan listened and ordered our Marines into the middle of Lebanon’s civil war. And he was there when they brought home the 241 dead from the Beirut barracks and our dead diplomats from the Beirut embassy.

The only thing we learn from history is that we do not learn from history. Congress should cut short its five-week vacation, come back, debate and decide by recorded vote whether Obama can take us into yet another Middle East war.

The questions to which Congress needs answers:

*Do we have incontrovertible proof that Bashar Assad ordered chemical weapons be used on his own people? And if he did not, who did?

* What kind of reprisals might we expect if we launch cruise missiles at Syria, which is allied with Hezbollah and Iran?

* If we attack, and Syria or its allies attack U.S. military or diplomatic missions in the Middle East or here in the United States, are we prepared for the wider war we will have started?

* Assuming Syria responds with a counterstrike, how far are we prepared to go up the escalator to regional war? If we intervene, are we prepared for the possible defeat of the side we have chosen, which would then be seen as a strategic defeat for the United States?

* If stung and bleeding from retaliation, are we prepared to go all the way, boots on the ground, to bring down Assad? Are we prepared to occupy Syria to prevent its falling to the Al-Nusra Front, which it may if Assad falls and we do not intervene?

* The basic question that needs to be asked about this horrific attack on civilians, which appears to be gas related, is: Cui bono?

To whose benefit would the use of nerve gas on Syrian women and children redound? Certainly not Assad’s, as we can see from the furor and threats against him that the use of gas has produced.

The sole beneficiary of this apparent use of poison gas against civilians in rebel-held territory appears to be the rebels, who have long sought to have us come in and fight their war.

Perhaps Congress cannot defund Obamacare. But at least they can come back to Washington and tell Obama, sinking poll numbers aside, he has no authority to drag us into another war. His Libyan adventure, which gave us the Benghazi massacre and cover-up, was his last hurrah as war president.


Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/08/congress-should-veto-obamas-war/#GkCod0vqQKdLmP6j.99


Added: Aug-27-2013 Occurred On: Aug-27-2013
By: Shireen Said
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Tags: Syria, Patrick J. Buchanan, Pat Buchanan, Congress, Obama, Constitution, NATO, War, Cruise Missiles, WMD, Chemical Weapons, WW3
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  • Where are the Democrats that protested Bush and Iraq?

    Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

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  • All Questions that MUST BE ASKED and ANSWERED !!

    Of course they wont be ... it's top secret ...

    USA economy is in shambles, 80% of the jobs created in the last 4 years are part time, standard of living falling monthly, millions on the dole and growing weekly ....

    This is going to end very badly for everyone on the planet ....

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  • "Congress doesn't have a whole lot of core responsibilities"

    Drafting budgets and arranging national defence are kind of big responsibilities....

    I like Buchanan. He's an old-school conservative. You don't see many around, these days. They're almost all warhawks bought and paid for by Israel, anymore.

    (No, that wasn't an anti-Israel comment, before some yahoo jumps on my ass for it)

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  • Yes, every reasonable and decent human being should oppose to this lunacy! Veto the war and then impeach Obama!

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  • He's of the few american politicians who hasn't been bitten by the zionist virus.

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    • @Ashoori5 He was destroyed politically after standing up to AIPAC and the zio-puppets, actually. Which should automatically tell you he's a good man and has America's interest at heart.

      He'll never be President, of course ;)

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    • @Lapsz Politicians don't give a flying fuck about america. All they care about is themselves and what they can get for free.

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  • Soundly said. I did have to laugh at the "McCainiacs", though.

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  • So you're saying congress is not corrupt but Obama is. Got it.

    Keep thinking the government represents you. That will work.

    Oh, and I got an idea -- vote! LOL.

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  • do you think all of these black on white attacks are a world wide event?‏

    Teenage Danish girl beaten to near death by 5 Muslim men in front of disco in Spain
    http://www.libertarianrepublican.net/2013/08/caught-on-video-teenage-danish-girl.html

    Shocking photo out of Paris: Two immigrant males beat the shit out of native French man and woman on train platform
    http://www.libertarianrepublican.net/2013/08/shocking-photo-out-of-paris-two.html

    Immigrant Muslim cab-driver in NYC who cut of More..

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  • Well, if they're going to do it, they should bomb both sides of the conflict

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  • Well we need to veto all them tax breaks you get too while we at it no more free tax money for churches...O by the way fuck Obanna...

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  • congress should grow some balls and veto Obama's endless war. Barack Warmonger, our president.

    This bleeding heart liberal is a war-president. He hasn't acted one time towards peace, only war, and new, cool ways to make war. He's a killer, and fascinated by new ways to kill other people.

    Actual military people respect duty, and respect life. Our president can't relate to military people, or any people who have ever had a job, because our president has never filled either of those roles More..

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  • Great post from "ZH Snob" over @ zerohedge:

    "The only thing the USA can manufacture anymore is war. We run a world-wide death machine, thinking we can continue to foist our failing currency on the world.

    But the leaks are showing more every day. By the time the rest of the world gets out from under the petrol$, we as a nation and a people will be the most reviled ever. That is when the war machine will be forced to return home and having no one else to pick on will begin More..

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  • During the Vietnam war all of the blacks violently protested because they felt that a white president was sending the blackman in droves to fight the white mans war. So can we white men protest violently now because a black man is sending the whites in droves to fight a black mans war? Keep in mind the military is 100% volunteer force which means is primarily white.

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  • My sentiments exactly to the poster.

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  • USrael Govt believes that Pat Buchanan is Fascist , NAZI , antiesemite and not democratic ..blah.. blah,,, prepare a drone to strike PAT's house..

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  • Fact that the west is seeking action outside the security council, yet again. Shows the west's contempt for the entire purpose that org. was founded upon. Boot us out or close up shop it's a waste of $$. No consequenes, no lesson learnt. Rogue acts of phyisical interventionshould be made a criminal act or else it will continue to invalidate the UN.

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  • fuck off

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  • You could use the same argument when Bush was President and he started Iraq. This is just a political articel. Also, the GOP passed a law that lets the President do this. It was passed so Bush could invade Iraq. I know the Dems voted for it.

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  • Lets not forget that Obama is a black fucking MUSLIM. His agenda is clear. Assad and his regime do NOT support the muslim brotherhood. The FSA dies.

    Israel is exempt from this. I doubt they want any part in a war that will crown a jew hating muslim extremist as the king of a sovereign nation.

    What in the FUCK...is going on???

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