Trump Unites Congress: US Lawmakers Largely Support Syria Air Strikes

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Eleven weeks into his administration, Trump's Syrian airstrikes appear to have achieve what until last night appeared impossible: unite much of Congress in support of a Trump decision.

As Bloomberg report, U.S. lawmakers mostly expressed support for Trump’s strike against a Syrian airfield in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack, though some cautioned that Congress needs to be consulted on a comprehensive strategy if the strike is a harbinger of things to come.

It’s a contrast from 2013, when President Obama sought authorization for force against Syria but was met with widespread opposition. That effort was later abandoned for lack of support. Defense hawks and those who’ve warned against foreign military entanglements responded as expected. However, the bulk of lawmakers sought more details, with several seeking a new authorization of force specific to Syria.

Below is a full breakdown of the Congressional response so far, courtesy of Bloomberg

SUPPORTIVE, SEEKING STRATEGY DETAILS

  • House Speaker Paul Ryan says U.S. response to Syria’s “barbaric chemical weapons attack” is “appropriate and just”: “I look forward to the administration further engaging Congress in this effort”
  • Republican Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham: “Building on tonight’s credible first step, we must finally learn the lessons of history and ensure that tactical success leads to strategic progress. That means following through with a new, comprehensive strategy in coordination with our allies and partners to end the conflict in Syria”
  • Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer says “making sure Assad knows that when he commits such despicable atrocities he will pay a price is the right thing to do” “It is incumbent on the Trump administration to come up with a strategy and consult with Congress before implementing it”
  • Republican Sen. Marco Rubio: “What must follow is a real and comprehensive strategy to ensure that Assad is no longer a threat to his people and to U.S. security, and that Russia no longer has free reign to support his regime”

NEW AUTHORIZATION NEEDED

  • House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi: “If the president intends to escalate the U.S. military’s involvement in Syria, he must to come to Congress for an Authorization for Use of Military Force which is tailored to meet the threat and prevent another open-ended war in the Middle East”
  • Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren says “use of chemical weapons‎against innocent Syrian men, women, and children is a clear violation of international law”; Says expanded military intervention would require congressional approval and “if President Trump expects such an authorization, he owes the American people an explanation of his strategy to bring an end to the violence in Syria”; “We should not escalate this conflict without clear goals and a plan to achieve them,” Warren says in statement
  • Oregon Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley says it’s “essential” that “before the U.S. undertakes any ongoing military campaign in Syria, the president consult with Congress and seek congressional authorization, in accordance with Article I of the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution”
  • “Many Americans are deeply wary of being drawn into another war in the Middle East. We owe the nation full consideration of the complete range of options, including pursuit of an international agreement to end the war and end Assad’s reign of terror,” Merkley says in statement

SEEKING A COMPREHENSIVE TRUMP PLAN:

  • Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton and Republican Rep. Steve Russell, leaders of the Warrior Caucus, say can’t stand by in silence as dictators murder with chemical weapons, though “military action without clear goals and objectives gets us nowhere”
  • Republican Sen. Ben Sasse: “The president should propose to Congress a comprehensive strategy to protect American interests from a humanitarian crisis that threatens to destabilize our regional allies and create vacuums for jihadi sanctuaries”
  • Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking member of House Intelligence Committee, says actions “will not displace Assad, but may deter” use of chemical weapons in statement on Twitter: “Need a vote": Schiff
  • Rep. Eliot Engel, top Democrat on House Foreign Affairs Cmte:‘‘It’s incumbent on the administration to work toward a long-term strategy that will stop the wholesale slaughter of the Syrian people and hold accountable those who have committed war crimes. Tomahawk strikes are not a long-term strategy”; Urges support for his bill, H.R. 1677, which seeks sanctions on entities supporting Bashar Al-Assad’s Syria govt

SUPPORT FOR SHOW OF STRENGTH:

  • Rep. Kay Granger, chairwoman of the House Appropriations Defense subcmte: “I cannot more strongly applaud President Trump’s decisive actions against the Government of Syria”
  • Republican Rep. Martha McSally praised the “measured, yet decisive” response, adding the attack showed the critical need for Raytheon’s Tomahawk production in Tucson, within her Ariz. district
  • Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson: “I support the president’s swift and decisive action to punish this dictatorship for the atrocities committed”
  • GOP Reps. Adam Kinzinger, Luke Messer and Lynn Jenkins were among those with similar statements calling the strike strong or decisive, and adding it shows the U.S. won’t sit on sidelines after atrocities

AGAINST THE STRIKE:

  • Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.: “While we all condemn the atrocities in Syria, the United States was not attacked”
  • Republican Rep. Justin Amash: “Airstrikes are an act of war,” he says on Twitter; “Atrocities in Syria cannot justify departure from Constitution, which vests in Congress power to commence war”
  • Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, who was Hillary Clinton’s running mate in the 2016 presidential election: “President waging military action against Syria without a vote of Congress? Unconstitutional,” he says in Twitter post “Assad is a brutal dictator who must be held account for atrocities. But the president’s failure to seek congressional approval is unlawful”
  • Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., who was lone vote against the 2001 AUMF: “Syria strikes are far beyond the scope of this war authorization,” she says in Twitter post, adding that Speaker Ryan “needs to bring a vote”
  • Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern: “Every president must obtain congressional authorization to launch military strikes”; Trump’s “attack on Syria is no exception”; “We all agree Assad attacks on people of Syria must stop, but it doesn’t justify a rush to military action without consulting Congress,” McGovern says on Twitter
  • Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz, a Democrat, says Assad’s chemical weapons usage “abhorrent, but a military response is not the answer”

Source: BBG

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1980XLS's picture

Satan laughing spreads his Wings

Kaiser Sousa's picture

No fuckin shit...

"It was all for you Damien...."

 

Looney's picture

 

Today, Russia’s Defense Ministry announced that “According to the Russian data recording technology, only 23 cruise missiles reached the Syrian airbase. It is not clear where the other 36 cruise missiles landed".

This is not the usual “He said, she said”. There were NO OTHER TARGETS – all 59 missiles were launched at the single target, the Al Shayrat airbase.

Now, here’re a few figures:

In the 1991 Gulf War, the Navy claimed that the 288 missiles used to target everything from air defense sites to Saddam’s presidential palace, had an 85% accuracy rate.

Just this morning on Faux, General Jack Keane said that the Tomahawks’ hit rate is 98%, within 5 yards of the target.

So, what happened to the missing 36 Tomahawks? Why has the accuracy rate suddenly dropped to 39%?

The Tomahawk’s price tag is $1.41 Million a pop, totaling at about S83 Million (missiles only!).

No Syrian planes, radars, or equipment are reported destroyed. As of now, 4 Syrians are reported killed and 2 missing.

So, was it worth making a few very expensive holes in the runway, which can and will be repaired within days, and risk starting a Nuclear War?

Looney

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

haha, "Faux" News

i like that

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

If the Dems and Repub are sitting around the campfire singing "Kum ba yah" then we are screwed.

greenskeeper carl's picture

True story. That's never a good sign

BennyBoy's picture

 

I, for one, salute all the CIA's false flags!

The falser, the betterer!

FrozenGoodz's picture

... if only he could unite them on healthcare ... or anything that positively reflected on our economy frankly

fx's picture

In war we trust.

Fvck 'em all!

tmosley's picture

Congress united in support, the people united in opposition.

Watch the next move, and never again think that Trump is an idiot or a fool.

You can, however, think he is evil, or bad for the country, or the world.

beemasters's picture

On hind sight, his trip to Lolita Island should have been a red flag from the start.

barndoor's picture

In his defense, escalation in Syria was always part of Trump's platform.  Wasn't it?

beemasters's picture

Nope. Taking out ISIS was. Now, ISIS is Trump's new fan club.

‘Don’t attack Syria’: Donald Trump’s old tweets to Obama.
https://www.rt.com/usa/383834-trump-syria-strike-old-tweets/

SixIsNinE's picture

for those of us who watched his speech to AIPAC ...
duh. he told us then and there what kind of prezzy he would be.

still better than the Skankles. Whatever it is can we please finish the Syrian issue this year for the sake of everyone.

here is link to irancontra doc 1988 - very relevant to this today: history of usa warmongering & regime changes :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdbsAYbV60A
....
this is essential reviewing as it goes over all the bases of the emergence of the "deep state" and uncontrollable/ungovernable elements.
fun facts : Bush crew did go to Paris before the 1980 election meeting with Khomeini's group and gaves a some millions $$ AND assurance of unlimited weapons to fight Iraq. - in return they delayed releasing the hostages.
$$ cocaine honduras nicaragua costa rica etc etc.
Fawn Hall : "i wouldn't say "cover up", i would say "protect"

punchline: if the hostages had not been taken, they would have had to have been invented in order to make the warmongering weapons trade happen. (and the drugs too of course) * meaning: all by design.

* Carters house cleaning @ cia only made the fired people go deep around and come back up more swampy

here's the link: (audio is not the greatest in some parts but is watchable)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdbsAYbV60A

beemasters's picture

Trump wasn't a fool and definitely played his part well. I wanted to believe and needed to believe there was still some humanity left in DC. All hope is gone. Trump is a liar.

Took Red Pill's picture

nothing like a good war to bring politicians together!

Déjà view's picture

Rally around ISISraeli Flag...includes uncircumcised illegals...

Shalom...Si Señor!

Delving Eye's picture

Absolutely @Took Red Pill. 

Warmongers at play, playing their favorite game. It's $O profitable!

SoDamnMad's picture

A growing number of media reports praise the White Helmets, a group of first responders who save lives in Syria. But a recent report from an independent journalist claims the Helmets are more concerned with destabilizing the Syrian government on behalf of the group’s international backers than truly making a difference in Syrian life expectancy.

“White Helmets primary function is propaganda” reported an independent journalist, who tied the group to George Soros and the controversial advocacy group Avaaz.

Why did they have advance notce Senator McCain?

Why were gas masks handed out a week earlier?

Why were they handing victims of a sarin attack with bare hands?

Why are they always so squeaky clean in a war zone.

They seem to look like some of those actors at Sandy Hook. 

cheech_wizard's picture

All that was missing was the Syrian White Helmets showing pictures of dead babies in incubators.

 

Lumberjack's picture

Swamps are a place where infectious disease runs rampant. It will never change...

No_More's picture

They all need to go fight this war personally in Syria themselves. Don't know of anyone who wants this.

BullyBearish's picture

good one...or maybe:

 

Trumpanyahoo

f.thomas's picture

it goes to show how completely out of touch the so called 'leaders' are.  time to put a stop to this one way or another.  voting does not work.

logicalman's picture

Voting works for them.

They use the fact that people don't realise that by voting all they do is validate the criminal games of those in government.

When you vote, you give someone else the power to maim, murder and plunder at will. Those doing this then claim 'well, all these guys voted for me, so whatever I do it's OK.

Voting, in the system we now suffer under, is a total con.

 

loves the truth's picture

When are people going to learn all govenrments are nothing but crime syndicates... Does anyone ever read about history?

No problem, all human governements are soon to be destroyed and replaced by the Kingdom of God by Christ Jesus.

Daniel 2:44... The Kingdom of God is the theme of the Bible

unrulian's picture

Common people too much end of the world shit...Trump hit an airbase in the middle of nowhere and didn't even destroy all the planes. What he has done is he has changed the "Trump pro-Russian" narritive in both the CONgress and in the Faux News; this gives him a bunch of breathing room. This may actually have been brilliant; Russia will do nothing in retaliation and this will be the end of it until the real perpetrators of the chemical attack see the value in doing it again.

aurum4040's picture

Exactly - I said this was a brilliant move last night. And it will prove to be.  Most people here are being ridiculous almost snowflake like. Wake up ZHers my god. 

Arnold's picture

Big shout out to all my Nork fans!

unrulian's picture

I Know, when i signed in this morning i was a little embarrassed at the reaction from the club members, Trump may be a douche but this is one of the smartest things he's done yet. big light show no damage, Assad probably cleared the place out a couple hours in advance. Russia's reaction is hilarious...a few more missle batteries. That's what the always say, Syria must look like a misslebattery dealership by now. Just take a breath, step back and Imagine what Hitlery would have done, we'd be burning our kitchen cabinets trying to stay warm in a nuclear winter this weekend.

aurum4040's picture

Exactly!! You and I are on same page. Brilliant move for Trump for reasons you mentioned. I thought same thing in terms of being embarrased about how Zhers have been dumb down beyond recognition. Someone tried to argue with me telling me that future cheap oil for US has nothing to do with Qatari pipeline that both qatar and saudi want so badly. I guess that moron didnt realize the UST/keep oil safe accord between Saudi and US has been in existence since the 70's. 

lil dirtball's picture

There aren't many ZH readers who understand that Trump is a master of 8D chess.

8D, mutherfuckers.

Putin can only play 2.

Next week, after we take over Russia, he's going to build the wall, charge the Clinton's with treason, repeal Obamacare and personally fund it's replacement pre-existing conditions be damned and eliminate most taxes.

8D, snowflakes. You can't begin to understand.

JackT's picture

Haha! 8D. Thats +4 from the Olympic standard of 4D

cheech_wizard's picture

So what you are saying is we need Buckaroo Banzai to save us from Lord John Wharfin?

Standard Disclaimer: It's too early to be smoking the crack pipe.

PT's picture

unrulian:

Have mercy.  Most of us have never seen good news so we don't know what it looks like.  I, for one, only believe in good news AFTER it happens.  Time will tell.

Helluva way to "unite congress".  We can only hope that he is rounding up the traitors to expose themselves for all to see but that would require optimism, which doesn't have a good track record with me.

DEMIZEN's picture

sure but comes at expense. What most of us dont realize is that RT reaches more global viewers than all of MSM combined.  There are other aspects like xi iran and asia. to inflict this damage and embarassement to US just to punk the congress, MSM, and chinaman feels a bit .. retarded.

Not to mention that about a half of tomahawks rained down on some peasants far in hinterland and the other half hit a very few airplaines that were alredy fucked up + a cantine..

while the russian media cries foul on tv, they must be laughing their asses off

Choices are very limited at this point, I guess.  If the fat boy lights one today in spite, the whole thing will look really really funny.

Montgomery Burns's picture

 You're saying he did it for domestic political reasons? You're ok with that? Well fuck you and fuck Trump for the decision to do this.

aurum4040's picture

Trump unites congress - exactly. Many here are freaking out and need to calm the fuck down. This will benefit Trump and his agenda. Bottom line is this. Dems and MSM shut up about Russia/Trump BS which is HUGE. Assad is out, Qatari pipeline through Syria to Europe is in. Russia pipeline is out. US gets more assurances of cheap oil imports for years to come, Europe will get the gas they need. ISIS gets crushed once Assad is out. Russia does nothing at this point because they wont attack US first. Everyone hates how it's done but we just protected our interests in MENA. Either way, people hate America, it doesnt matter what we do. We might as well try to retain what we have. One day China and or Russia and or both will try to dethrone us, it doesnt matter what we do. Again, we might as well keep what we have and take what we can get. Its a fucked up world my friends, that will never change. 

peterk's picture

what a stupid comment.. how does  building a pipleing from qatar to  europe make oil cheap for  the US.

Nonsense.

If anything oil will be  more expensive as europe will be buying the stuff and competing the the US.. assuming the US has any industry

 that requires oil apart form the  SUV retail market.

 

Some of you AMERICANS are  stupid dumb, still supporting  TRUMP as if hes  got some MASTERPLAN to screw the Neocons  at aa later date.

Dont be  dumb and blind.

TRUMP IS A SELLOUT, the guy looks like  MOUSOLLINI  in the photo above with the congress behind clapping.. looks like a photo from early WW2 Italy.

aurum4040's picture

Wow, are you really that ignorant? Europe will be buying the stuff LMAO. Do you have any recollection of the Saudi/US ' protect my oil we'll buy your treasuries accord ' that occured in the 70's and has been keeping our oil cheap since? Or are you too young to have opened your mind to such knowledge? It has nothing to do with Europe buying more stuff - still laughing at this. Zher intelligence has been dumbed down signicantly over the years. I never seen it this bad. Such a shame. 

MANvsMACHINE's picture

The pipeline weakens Russia.

Lanka's picture

They teach the stupid-dumb in high school.

unrulian's picture

Umm....If you failed Stupid-Dump 101 does that mean you're smart?

Al Gophilia's picture

What ever it takes, eh? Sure, let's kill and invade whomever the hell we like, just for the shits and giggles, free oil and a united Congress. Fuck you you shallow cunt.

Poopy's picture
Poopy (not verified) Looney Apr 7, 2017 7:23 AM

"THE DESTRUCTION OF WHITE COUNTRIES WAS PLANNED LONG AGO

The socialist jew run banking cartel needs a bigger flock of sheeple to shear, as their American flock is getting poorer and poorer. The world is now their Oyster.
And what can't the greedy socialist jew FEDERAL RESERVE BANKING CARTEL buy with the SEVEN TRILLION DOLLARS they printed for themselves under Obama? It's buying the destruction of White Countries before our eyes.

WHAAAAAT????? You mean the greedy lying socialist jew media never explained to you that QUANTITATIVE EASING WAS SOCIALIST JEW BANKERS PRINTING THEMSELVES MONEY?

The average American stupe probably has never even heard of Q,E., but it's what made your grocery bills double under Obama!

White Culture, White History, White Family, "White Religion", and White Work Ethic have all been attacked since the 1960's. Diversity = The War on Whites Christians and Heterosexuals. Multiculturalism destroys countries, while uni-culturalism holds them together.
Political Correctness, Multi-Culturalism, Diversity,....all designed to destroy the foundations America was built on,. It's all part of the Jew World Order, which is WHY SOROS IS SPENDING hundreds of MILLIONS bankrolling MUSLIM REFUGEES IN EUROPE, and why Obama has opened our Southern Borders and is bankrupting America. It's no coincidence that America and Europe are being over run with non-white, uneducated, illiterate criminals, terrorists, and rapists at the same time.
China and Russia are being taken down too, by economic warfare and proxy wars, with a real war coming. i.e. with "War Protesters", a Nightly "Body Count" on the Jew run media, and a parade of outraged liberals screaming at the tops of their lungs....and yes it will happen under the next "Republican" President, keeping the current jew run media "Republicans are Warmongers" meme alive.
it's Divide and Conquer, and White people also have a long history of fighting back against Kings and Tyrants. Now you know why White countries are being destroyed, what are you going to do about it?
Only one thing works, and we all know what it is. We should all now see why the Founding Fathers were smart enough to include the 2nd amendment in the United States Constitution. It now seems that the Jew World Order cannot flourish unless all white countries perish.
And to think our forefathers once overthrew a corrupt Government over the price of some stinking Tea!!!
How far we have fallen.

Poopy's picture
Poopy (not verified) Poopy Apr 7, 2017 7:24 AM

ATTENTION UNITED STATES "SERVICE" MEMBERS   (aka IDF Goyim&Schvartzes)

You have enlisted in the ISRAELI DEFENSE FORCES Armed Services to FIGHT SIDE BY SIDE WITH AL NUSRA, AL QAIDA, AND ISIS IN THE SYRIAN NATURAL GAS PIPELINE WAR.

THEREFORE, UNLESS YOU DISOBEY ILLEGAL ORDERS, YOU ARE THE ENEMY OF ALL FREEDOM LOVING PEOPLE, AND WILL BE TREATED AS SUCH.....WAR CRIMINALS

The J00 World Order's Quest to Break Russia's Current natural gas monopoly in Europe, by running the PROPOSED QATARI NATURAL GAS PIPELINE
THROUGH SYRIA,  WHETHER THE LAWFUL RULERS OF SYRIA WANT IT OR NOT, IS PLAINLY AN ILLEGAL ACT OF WAR BY THE U.S.

RUSSIA, THE LAST NON-J00 RUN WHITE COUNTRY MUST BE DESTROYED....FOR THE SAKE OF THE J00 WORLD ORDER!

THE NAZI-JOO-KIKE AIRFORCE JUST GOT ONE OF IT'S BOMBERS SHOT DOWN BY SYRIA, AND ARE WHINING LIKE SNIVELING LITTLE HITLERS.....
That's what you get for BOMBING YOUR NEIGHBORS, you HITLERIAN ANTI SEMITE NAZI-KIKES!

THE USAF KEEPS "ACCIDENTALLY" BOMBING THE SYRIAN ARMY TO HELP ISIS TOO....and how many times are we going to 'ACCIDENTALLY DROP WEAPONS AND SUPPLIES ON ISIS"????

OBAMA DID IT 237 TIMES!!!!

HOW MANY AMERICANS MUST DIE FOR THE J00 WORLD ORDER TO FLOURISH (AND AMERICA TO PERISH)?

THE 'NAZI J00 WORLD ORDER IS TRYING TO START A NUCLEAR WAR WITH RUSSIA....JUST LIKE I SAD OVER A YEAR AGO.....

YOU CAN'T HAVE A FREE AMERICA, A FREE EUROPE OR A FREE RUSSIA, AND A JO0 WORLD ORDER!

OPEN YOUR EYES, GOYIM AND SCHVARTZES.....START BY GOOGLING SEVEN JEWS MEDIA CONTROL.......

REMEMBER....YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST.....

ORIGINAL POST 12-2015

"1) Steal the acquired wealth of all White Run countries. Destroy the middle class, destroy all white culture, demonize whites, Christians, heterosexuals

2) Flood all white countries with muslims, wetbax and all the scum Israel would never take.

3) Instigate a nuclear war with Russia, the last FREE WHITE RUN COUNTRY...because they won't commit suicide by INVADER!

4) ALL White countries Nuke each other, white problem solved, GREATER ISRAEL AND THE JOO WORLD ORDER CAN NOW FLOURISH!

Any questions, GOYIM SHEEPLETARDS?

3/8/17 UPDATE

1) QE1,QE2,QE3, ZIRP, OBAMACARE....WHAT??????THE JEW MEDIA NEVER REPORTED ON FEDERAL RESERVE JEW MONEY PRINTING???? REALLY?
7 TRILLION $$$ FOR THE JOOS, AND NONE FOR YOUSE!!!!

2) SEE EUROPE, N. AMERICA, AUSTRALIA, ISRAEL'S MUSLIM TRAVEL BAN, AND ((((((NEW))))ANTI-MUSLIM BORDER WALL...Paid 4 By U.S. Taxpayers!!!

3) SEE DAILY JOO MEDIA ANTI- RUSSIA PROPAGANDA...CIA STEALS RUSSIAN MALWARE TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE RUSSIA HACKED THE DNC, RUSSIA 'MOLE MISSILE' STORY
RUSSIAN NUCLEAR WAR COULD KILL 90 MILLION AMERICANS....KIKE(AL) MOORE SAYS TRUMP NUCLEAR WAR TO EXTERMINATE MANKIND...

4) How else can they destroy an Armed America? Got to NUKE THE USA FOR THE 2ND AMENDMENT"

Invinciblehandaxe's picture

servicemen or more like paid murderers?

logicalman's picture

You should drop the 'more like' bit.