The American public is rising up and speaking out against intervention in Syria. A poll conducted on Aug. 26, shows that only nine percent were for strikes against Syria.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll was taken Aug.19-23. This is the very same week that Assad was blamed for using chemical weapons against civilians.
Two days ago a Senate panel voted in favor of punishing the Assad regime for their alleged use of chemical weapons, according to the Business Insider.
The Business Insider reported: "The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a resolution that authorizes President Barack Obama to use limited military force in Syria by a 10-7 vote on Wednesday."
Now the resolution will head to the Senate where a vote will likely be scheduled for next week.
Those who voted yes on the resolution were, Democratic Sens. Barbara Boxer (CA), Ben Cardin (MD), Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.), Chris Coons (DE), Dick Durbin (IL), Bob Menendez (N.J.) and Tim Kaine (VA); as well as Republicans Bob Corker (TN), Jeff Flake (AZ), and John McCain (R-AZ).
Those who voted non were Democrats Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Chris Murphy (D-CT); as well as Republicans James Risch (ID), Ron Johnson (WI.), John Barrasso (WY), and big names Rand Paul (KY) and Marco Rubio (FL).
Now the resolution will be voted on in the Senate and it appears very likely that they will vote in favor of the resolution. Once they cast their votes, then the battle will shift to the House of Representatives and they will cast their ballots. However, according to a report on the National Review Online website the House might abstain from voting altogether. The article was written by John Fund, and he said:
"Congressional aides in both parties tell me that the chances of President Obama winning House approval for military action in Syria are so bad they actually doubt the House would ultimately vote on it if failure seemed certain." According to the report the majority of House leaders are going to vote no or are leaning towards casting a negative ballot.
The Washington Post reported there will be 204 House members voting no to intervention in Syria. It would only take a total of 217 no votes to kill the Syrian resolution. Fund said in his report an aide told him the following:
"I just don’t believe that if defeat is certain, the House leadership will want to see a president utterly humiliated on the House floor in a public vote,” one top aide to the Republican leadership told me. Should the full Senate vote to approve an attack on Syria — as still appears somewhat likely — the battle would shift to the House."
A report that Ben Swann filed today called the House: "Too cowardly to vote on Syria." He also said: "The House of Representatives is after all “the people’s house." By not allowing Congress to vote on Syria simply because House leadership fears the outcome of that vote is not only cowardly but another example of how our “representative” form of government represents only special interests."
However, you can rest assured there will be a lot of wheeling and dealing going on with members of the House by the Obama administration. A report on PRESSTV said:
"On average, the senators who voted “yes” on President Barack Obama’s strike plan for Syria received 83 percent more financial support from defense contractors than those who voted “no,” according to The Center for Responsive Politics, a research group that tracks money in US politics."
Data showed that in a five year period over $1,000,000 from the defense lobby went to senators who were in favor of the war powers resolution and military action. McCain, was at the top of the list and he received $176,300 in defense donations.
There is no end to what those in favor of intervention in Syria will do or say. Some in the media are already saying some pretty ridiculous things. A report by Joe Newby, the |Policy & Issues Examiner says: "MSNBC's Ed Schultz blames Bush, says racism behind opposition to war in Syria."
Those of us who believe in the power of prayer need to be interceding for the men who will be making the decisions in our government.
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