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On Syria, Obama faces questions on Congress' role



By JULIE PACE

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama faces a familiar question as he contemplates airstrikes in Syria: Should Congress have a say in his decision?

Just last summer Obama was barreling toward strikes in Syria when he abruptly announced that he first wanted approval from congressional lawmakers. But Congress balked at Obama's request, and the strikes were eventually scrapped.

This time around, the White House is suggesting it may not be necessary to get a sign-off from Congress.

While cautioning that Obama has made no final decisions, officials say there is a difference between last year's effort to attack Syria's government in retaliation for chemical weapons use and a bombing campaign against Islamic State militants threatening Americans in the region.

Earlier this month, Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq.


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vector26436 August 28 2014 at 2:24 PM

He never consulted Congress, as the law required, when he traded the top 5 Terrorist Killers at Gitmo for one Army deserter, but now that he has created a muddled mess in the Middle East, he wants to hand it off to Congress so he can say they OKed it...Whatta Leader...NOT...

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JOYCE DEMOREST vector26436 August 28 2014 at 3:08 PM

VECTOR U LEAD FROM BEHIND FOX NEWS DRIBBLE

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kimmer0310 JOYCE DEMOREST August 28 2014 at 7:07 PM

Joyce if you can form a cogent sentence your point is lost.

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john vector26436 August 28 2014 at 3:15 PM

Are you sure? Because if the President actually broke the law I am sure that he would have been impeached by now and Fox would have been covering it 24/7! If he did break the law, why the free pass? The Speaker is suing the President for extending a date for the ACA, something the Speaker hates. Broke a law, not a peep. Think about that. Hmmmmm?

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kimmer0310 john August 28 2014 at 7:08 PM

He actually did. Do some research.

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YourFtr August 28 2014 at 2:28 PM

Obama making a decision about amnesty for the immigration laws is like
Lyndon Johnson teaching a class on military strategy at west point; after he hosed up and lost the Vietnam war.....

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JOYCE DEMOREST YourFtr August 28 2014 at 3:06 PM

YOURFTR U ARE ON THE WRONG PAGE

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JOYCE DEMOREST YourFtr August 28 2014 at 4:11 PM

BY THE WAY YOURFTR MY BROTHER WAS KILLED IN NAM DID U GO? JOHNSON DID NOT LOSE THE WAR THE AMERICAN PUBLIC GOT SICK OF SEEING OUR MEN AND WOMEN BEING KILLED INTHAT **** HOLE AS WELL HE COULD NOT TAKE THE PRESSURE OR MAYBE CONSCENCE KICKED IN. JOHNSON WAS NOT A STRATIST THAT JOB WAS ON HIS COMMANDERS AND GENERALS HEADS

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Brackens JOYCE DEMOREST August 28 2014 at 5:28 PM

Joyce, learn where the cap button is, take a breath, and stop being such a d-bag. Look up what the cap button is for, take an English grammar class and stop being such a d-bag. Yes I went; also to Desert Storm. 30 years worth. Have you ever served your country? No. The gay rights parade doesn't count.

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kaib51 August 28 2014 at 8:51 PM

I'm sure that those guys are terrified that big bad Obama is going to pull out his box of crayons and start drawing lines. OH NO!!!!!!

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Rob August 28 2014 at 7:29 PM

Had Obama not dithered, waffled, and failed to make any kind of decision last year on Syria, we have this. While not directly tied to ISIL, had we supported the true government opponents, we wouldn't be here. Our next President can't be a senator...all they do is blather and can't make a decision to save their lives...unless it's to destroy a political opponent.

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ddiribbons August 28 2014 at 2:22 PM

Excuse me, but nothing is "tough" for Obama. His handlers give him the news from tv, and he says, "Hey, don't bother me with such trivialities. I have my tee off in a few minutes."

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ectullis August 28 2014 at 5:41 PM

The only decision that isn't hard for Hussein is which golf club to use

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wbearl August 28 2014 at 6:37 PM

He's studying it, give him, lets say 2 years to think on it, then it will be someone else's problems.

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markschupp August 28 2014 at 4:48 PM

Smoke and Mirrors,

Libturds love WAR!




Well, if we were going to war by President,
World War I - Woodrow Wilson - Democrat
World War II - FDR - Democrat
Korean War - Truman - Democrat
Bay of Pigs - Kennedy - Democrat
Vietnam War - LBJ - Democrat
Grenada - Reagan - Republican
Persian Gulf War - Bush - Republican
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Clinton - Democrat
War on Terror - Bush - Republican
Obama-Lybia with no authority to do so-Democrat

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jyc925 August 28 2014 at 10:52 PM

This guy is such a disgrace to our country. He is pathetic period. He never knows what the hell is is doing. He leave everything up to everyone else so he doesn't have to take the blame. All he knows how to do is B.S period and keep his golf score and pick a vacation spot. I think the AH, Holder, Sharpeton and Jackson should all to to Syria and check it out !!! God Bless America and it's people who love and respect our country !!

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prdbowhunter August 28 2014 at 5:13 PM

Obama just gave a press conference and said he has NO IDEA on what to do with ISIS! He said he hasn't come up with a strategy yet! Months ago he said ISIS
was JV, now they are a major threat! This idiot hasn't a clue on ANYTHING!

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