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McCain: Obama should weigh bombing Syria without congressional approval
The Hill ^ | September 11, 2013 | Erik Wasson

Posted on 09/11/2013 9:58:49 AM PDT by jazusamo

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) argued Wednesday that President Obama should consider bombing Syria without congressional approval, because the credibility of the White House is now on the line.

McCain said that if Obama acts before any vote in Congress, he could argue that he has acted in conformity with past administrations, including President Reagan’s invasion of Grenada in the 1980s.

“He notified everybody the next morning,” McCain noted at a Wall Street Journal breakfast roundtable.

The senior Republican acknowledged the decision would be a difficult one, but he said he did not think members of his own party would try to remove President Obama from office if he acted in the vital national interest.

“They’re not going to impeach the president. They’re not that crazy,” he told reporters after the event.

McCain said he has been wrestling with the question of whether Obama should ignore Congress.

“There are times when the president of the United States has to act in the national interest and that clashes with my view we are a nation of laws, governed by the Constitution and the separation of powers,” he said.

“I do believe there are times, particularly prior to World War II, we have the example of Franklin Roosevelt taking actions that Congress would never have approved … Abraham Lincoln acted unilaterally in the Civil War,” he added.

McCain said the world should know within as little as 48 hours whether a Russian proposal to put Syrian chemical weapons under international control is merely a “rope-a-dope” stalling tactic.

The best way to test the Russian proposal, he said, is to bring it to the United Nations Security Council and see if the Russians veto a resolution that is backed by the threat of force and which authorizes international weapons inspections on the ground in Syria.

If the Russian proposal is a ruse, Obama will have a stronger argument in favor of military action.

“I think that, one, that the president of the United States should go back, if this fails, this Russian initiative, and convince the American people again,” McCain said. "Then I think the president has to decide what’s in our vital national interest.”

“If he launched an attack on Syria without the endorsement of Congress, it would be vastly more complicated if Congress had already acted. If he acted without the agreement of Congress, you could make the argument before the resolution was passed … that he is acting as other president have.”

“It he is a very, very difficult situation,” McCain said.

He said that a failed vote in Congress would be “catastrophic” and could damage future presidential power. Failure to act could embolden Iran, threaten Israel and “diminish” the White House in the eyes of the world, he said.

McCain acknowledged that the congressional GOP has emerged as the chief obstacle to acting in Syria. He said a “battle” is raging for the soul of the Republican Party and internationalists must prevail over isolationists, whom he called “wacko-birds.”

He said he would be having dinner Wednesday with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a leading opponent of involvement in Syria.

McCain acknowledged that missteps by the Bush administration in Iraq have fostered a renewed isolationism.

“The American people and the world were not told the truth about weapons of mass destruction,” he said. “I understand why they are skeptical.”

McCain said Obama’s Tuesday night speech, overall, was “good,” but Obama should have shown more support for the rebel movement and tried to dispel any idea they are Muslim extremists.

“They must have been dispirited last night by president’s failure to mention that they deserved our support,” he said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; US: Arizona; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: arizona; collaborator; insaneinthebrain; johnmccain; mccain; mcinsane; obama; senatorjohnmccain; syria; turncoat
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Rat McCain doesn't even attempt to disguise his support for Obummer any longer.
1 posted on 09/11/2013 9:58:49 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Dimwit nitwit mclame should be involuntarily committed by his family for the good of their family and the good of the Country.


2 posted on 09/11/2013 10:00:18 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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McCain: Obama should weigh bombing Syria without congressional approval

Whether or not there is a recall in Arizona, it is time to RECALL THIS STUNTED FREAK FROM OFFICE.

3 posted on 09/11/2013 10:00:33 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: jazusamo

McCain is hitting both ditches these days.


4 posted on 09/11/2013 10:01:28 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: jazusamo

The old Maverick has finally shown his true colors. He is a follower of the Lord of rebellion old Beezelbub himself and has become a Jezebelian Eunuch in King Obamas court. Lord save us from these apostates to the American Will and Way!
Freegards
LEX


5 posted on 09/11/2013 10:01:32 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: jazusamo

So.... an act of war, just not a real war. Sorta like rape, rape?


6 posted on 09/11/2013 10:02:34 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: jazusamo

McCain is officially senile. IF O does it, he will be the kiss of death for several election cycles to come for the Dem’s in both the House and the Senate. I think. \

Our military deserve more respect than O or McCain or Lindsey are giving them. Their lives are not pawns in some chess/war game.


7 posted on 09/11/2013 10:02:44 AM PDT by Qwackertoo (Going into Politic Free Zone Momma Grizzly hibernation for a while after this week, maybe forever.)
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To: jazusamo

As much as I despise Obama, I will still say, Thank God McCain didn’t win in 2008.....we very well may have been a radioactive heap of ash if he’d won.


8 posted on 09/11/2013 10:02:59 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: jazusamo

How many times does this nincompoop have to jump the shark before his constituents recall him?


9 posted on 09/11/2013 10:03:15 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: jazusamo; Tilted Irish Kilt; All

Time to recall McCain, Arizona voters.

McCain is plumb ate up with terminal Dumb Ass.


10 posted on 09/11/2013 10:03:20 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Lazamataz

Absolutely!


11 posted on 09/11/2013 10:03:50 AM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

Syria isn’t Grenada

In Grenada Reagan rescued dozens of American medical students before they could be taken hostage or caught in middle of a coup

How many Americans will barry be rescuing from Syria?
More than he rescued form Benghazi?


12 posted on 09/11/2013 10:04:05 AM PDT by silverleaf (Going to war without the French is like going hunting without an accordion.)
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To: taxcontrol

So.... an act of war, just not a real war. Sorta like rape, rape?


You know, like “legitimate” rape. ;-)


13 posted on 09/11/2013 10:04:24 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: jazusamo
I do recall that Reagan invaded Grenada because THERE WERE AMERICAN STUDENTS BEING HELD HOSTAGE THERE, you DUMBAZZ McCain.

I HATE this POS McCain. He's just like Brennan, a convert to Islam?


John McCain

..or maybe he's just a brainless scarecrow?

14 posted on 09/11/2013 10:04:38 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: jazusamo

Wow. This McCain is really bomb happy, isn’t he?


15 posted on 09/11/2013 10:05:15 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

The guy wanted to Nuke Belgrade during Kosovo.


16 posted on 09/11/2013 10:05:40 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: jazusamo

He isn’t going to be happy until we start bombing something.


17 posted on 09/11/2013 10:05:48 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: dfwgator

As much as I despise Obama, I will still say, Thank God McCain didn’t win in 2008.....we very well may have been a radioactive heap of ash if he’d won.


In your comment is the kernel of why I bought my small farm in central KY two weeks before the 2008 election. The writing was on the wall for me then, regardless of which of those two won.

BTW, I moved to that property in August of 2011 from my home of 45 years, Seattle. Heaven on earth, even if the S doesn’t HTF.


18 posted on 09/11/2013 10:06:23 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: DoodleDawg

He can use Meghan as a bunker buster.


19 posted on 09/11/2013 10:06:37 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: silverleaf
Syria isn’t Grenada

Amen...Not even close.

20 posted on 09/11/2013 10:06:59 AM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo
Grenada has a medical school which had a lot of US citizens enrolled there. Reagan went in to protect them.

It also might have been at the request of the legitimate government.

21 posted on 09/11/2013 10:07:11 AM PDT by grania
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To: jazusamo
McCain is as dirty as the day is long, because he's got stock somewhere in the ME and he's willing to drag this country along in his effort to make a buck.

Some enterprising reporter (alternative media of course) needs to find out who's his daddy.

22 posted on 09/11/2013 10:07:34 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: jazusamo

Impeach them both.


23 posted on 09/11/2013 10:08:00 AM PDT by South40
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To: dfwgator
As much as I despise Obama, I will still say, Thank God McCain didn’t win in 2008.....we very well may have been a radioactive heap of ash if he’d won.

Seriously. This man is not fit for any office or even any job. I much prefer Barack Obama to John McCain.

And I don't prefer Barack Obama.

24 posted on 09/11/2013 10:08:34 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lancey Howard

Yes he is bomb happy, he’s way over the edge into the abyss.


25 posted on 09/11/2013 10:08:50 AM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo
Rat McCain doesn't even attempt to disguise his support for Obummer any longer

You are right. Why doesn't this ass hat just switch to the Rat party, and make it official?

26 posted on 09/11/2013 10:09:25 AM PDT by Mark17 (Mark Levin: Barack Obama is a human wrecking ball)
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To: jazusamo
“It he is a very, very difficult situation,” McCain said. He said that a failed vote in Congress would be “catastrophic” and could damage future presidential power. Failure to act could embolden Iran, threaten Israel and “diminish” the White House in the eyes of the world, he said.

Hello? America elected (and RE-ELECTED!) an African communist "community organizer" from Chicago as President of the United States and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. How much more "diminished" can the White House possibly get?

Will somebody please put a white coat on McCain and wheel him to a nice home somewhere?

27 posted on 09/11/2013 10:09:30 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: cuban leaf
McCain's coming out more and more as a full on globalist Marxist highlights the fact that there was indeed a 'fix' in 2008 where regardless who won, we were going to be stuck with a globalist Marxist either way. I suppose Romney would've come out and surprised conservatives with his globalist 'Marxist utopia' mindset as well.

We're screwed. The fix is in and will be in 2016 too.

28 posted on 09/11/2013 10:10:07 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: jazusamo

Freep You John McCain (FUJM)!! FUBO!!


29 posted on 09/11/2013 10:10:45 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: jazusamo

I feel obama want a delay on the vote, so he could front run congress by bombing first then requesting permission later. If he was to bomb after the vote against it. it will make him look bad


30 posted on 09/11/2013 10:10:54 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: grania
Grenada has a medical school which had a lot of US citizens enrolled there. Reagan went in to protect them.

Number One: They produce more nutmeg than any other spot on Earth.

Number two: The Soviets and the Cubans are trying to take Grenada.

Number three: You can't have good eggnog without nutmeg.

Number four: You can't have Christmas without eggnog.

Number five: the Soviets and the Cubans were trying to steal Christmas.

And number six, we stopped them.

31 posted on 09/11/2013 10:10:58 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Lazamataz

The people of Arizona owe it to the rest of the country to recall this dangerous idiot.


32 posted on 09/11/2013 10:11:32 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: jazusamo

He’s insane.


33 posted on 09/11/2013 10:11:56 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: jazusamo

McLoser,this is NOT the same as Grenada..

There is no threat posed to America or its interests by Syria fighting a civil war entirely within its own boundaries.

Grenada had an imminent threat of physical harm to American students.

If Obama attacks without a threat, he needs to be impeached.


34 posted on 09/11/2013 10:11:59 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: jazusamo
John McCain

This TWIT was forced on us by the Establishment GOP
as President no less.

35 posted on 09/11/2013 10:12:14 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: dfwgator

bump to the top!


36 posted on 09/11/2013 10:12:15 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: dfwgator

My sentiments as well.


37 posted on 09/11/2013 10:12:34 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: jazusamo

if Obama straps the bomb to McCain first, I am all for it.


38 posted on 09/11/2013 10:13:44 AM PDT by ronniesgal (who thought I would be agreeing with Putin????)
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To: jazusamo

Cause Heaven Forbid that the vaunted war hero John McLame be denied what he wants by something as trivial as voters and citizens.


39 posted on 09/11/2013 10:14:12 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: jazusamo

Nor his contempt of the Constitution. And this was a GOP contender for the office of President?!

If AZ has a recall option, they should be passing out the sign-up sheets left/right.


40 posted on 09/11/2013 10:14:57 AM PDT by i_robot73 (Give me one example and I will show where gov't is the root of all problems.)
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To: jazusamo

I think one reason we got stuck with Obama was that moderate voters correctly assessed that this guy has a few screws loose and was fairly likely to start WW III.


41 posted on 09/11/2013 10:15:24 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: jazusamo
Can McCain sink any lower? Here, basically, he is putting the reputation of a demagogue (Obama), who has repeatedly shown his own contempt & disdain for our Constitution, ahead of McCain's own oath of fidelity to that Constitution! The idea of a President waging war to protect or enhance his personal reputation, without Constitutional authority, might have flown in Mao's China or Nazi Germany; it certainly is not consistent with anything American.

William Flax

42 posted on 09/11/2013 10:15:38 AM PDT by Ohioan
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What a tool.


43 posted on 09/11/2013 10:15:39 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Uncle Miltie: Obama poisoned race relations for a generation. Everything is racial now.)
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To: jazusamo
I'll correct myself from #21. The government in place in Grenada at the time was a revolutionary one that had seized power four years earlier. Reagan went in and that government was deposed and a constitutional government was restored.

Protecting the medical students was the given reason. Restoring a constitutional government was a fringe benefit.

If McCain wants to make any parallels, maybe someone concerned about the Christians in Syria should go in and take back Christian villages which the terrorists have taken over.

44 posted on 09/11/2013 10:16:04 AM PDT by grania
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To: jazusamo

Ugh! Tether him to a tree


45 posted on 09/11/2013 10:17:56 AM PDT by stanne
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To: hal ogen
(McCain) should be involuntarily commited by his family...

I said that a few days ago. Are they so power hungry that they won't get this madman out of a position of responsibility? It's yet another reason to not want his daughter in the US Senate. JMHO

46 posted on 09/11/2013 10:18:07 AM PDT by grania
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To: jazusamo

This is why they need to vote and do it fast.


47 posted on 09/11/2013 10:18:21 AM PDT by Lady Heron
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To: jazusamo
I can only imagine the manila folders full of damning information 0bama has gathered on McCain, Boehner, Graham and others.. Blackmail is alive and well in DC, thanks to the all-knowing NSA and their illegal data mining activities.

Every web search, bookmark, sites visited, Emails, phone calls and texts, television viewing habits, etc.. The NSA has it all.

Boehner has been reduced to a steaming pile of crap. He doesn't speak out against ANYTHING anymore. He's been blackmailed into total submission, to the point of switching sides in full compliance. He is a useless, gutless, steaming POS.

48 posted on 09/11/2013 10:18:28 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

When that thing growing on the side of his face finish eating his head? It’s pretty clear that it ate his brain first.


49 posted on 09/11/2013 10:20:19 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: dfwgator
He can use Meghan as a bunker buster.

May all their 21 virgins look like her.

50 posted on 09/11/2013 10:20:29 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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