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Saturday, August 31, 2013

President Obama Makes Statement on Syria

"I'm ready to act."

Speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House this afternoon, President Obama made the case for U.S. intervention in Syria. 

"This attack is an assault on human dignity.  It also presents a serious danger to our national security.  It risks making a mockery of the global prohibition on the use of chemical weapons.  It endangers our friends and our partners along Syria’s borders, including Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq.  It could lead to escalating use of chemical weapons, or their proliferation to terrorist groups who would do our people harm.   In a world with many dangers, this menace must be confronted."

Congressional members are already in opposition of a strike on Syria.

Representative Charlie Rangel (D-NY) doesn't share the president's views.  Speaking earlier today with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Rangel said he doesn't see where the U.S. is in any real danger, and opposes any action against Syria.

Rangel, who has long been in favor a military draft, has declared he would emphatically vote "No" citing several risks that could place America's military in harms way.

"All of these risks will be borne by our young service men and women in the Middle East", said Rangel. "So before committing a single American pilot or soldier to the conflict in Syria, Congress must have a robust debate about the national interests that our troops are being asked to protect."

The president stated that he is willing to accept such a Congressional debate - a decision that is pleasing to a Republican party that wears its ego on its shoulders whenever the president makes any kind of decision that doesn't involve them.

Congress is on recess until September 9th, but there is no shortage of comments on the matter.

Perhaps the most poignant point of view came from Senator Ted Cruz when he said, "We are not the world's police."

President Obama drafts legislation regarding Authorization for Use of United States Armed Forces in
connection with the conflict in Syria.

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