|"Whatcha going to do buddy?"|
President Barack Obama today urged quick congressional action authorizing the use of military force against Syria and won the support of leaders from both parties in the House of Representatives.
Obama told congressional leaders at a White House meeting that the United States has a broad plan to help the rebels defeat Syrian government forces.
After the meeting, the top two Republicans in the House — Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor — and top Democrat Nancy Pelosi said they would back military action against Syria.
"Only the United States has the capability and the capacity to stop Assad and to warn others around the world that this type of behavior is not going to be tolerated," Boehner told reporters. "I believe that my colleagues should support this call for action."
The support came as Obama ramped up his lobbying effort for military action in response to what Washington says was a sarin gas attack by the Syrian government that killed more than 1,400 people, hundreds of them children, near Damascus on Aug. 21.
Now what are the Right Wing pundits going to say in order to attack the President on his decision to deal with Syria?
Especially since this news comes on the heels of this incredibly awkward meeting from yesterday.
Y'all remember Susan Rice don'tcha? She was the person who the Right Wing lost their minds over concerning Benghazi.
She was also the person that McCain and Graham mercilessly smeared, even refusing to apologize after e-mails were made public which absolved her of blame.
Yep, must have been AWKWARD!
However I have no doubt that President Obama and National Security Advisor Rice handled it professionally, and did not use it as an opportunity to shame the two Senators. After all SOMEBODY has to be the grown up.
Now I assume that Rand Paul, like his father before him, will continue to stick to his guns. But let's face it by doing so he simply isolates himself even further from the mainstream. And that goes for his teabbagging buddy Ted Cruz as well.
If this goes off cleanly, and ends up being another feather in Obama's war bonnet, that will only reinforce his military credibility and help the next Democrat seeking office. ESPECIALLY if that Democrat is Hillary Clinton.
However any possible GOP contenders who do not support this action will look weak and open themselves up to attacks from the very people who typically support them without question. Essentially the President has taken the Republican's biggest selling point, being strong on defense, completely away from them.
(Photos courtesy of the Obama Diary.)