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Senate panel votes to authorize force in Syria

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:44 a.m. HST, Sep 04, 2013

WASHINGTON >> A Senate panel has voted to give President Barack Obama the authority to use military force against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack.

The vote today was 10-7, with one senator voting present. The full Senate is expected to vote on the measure next week.

The resolution would permit Obama to order a limited military mission against Syria, as long as it doesn't exceed 90 days and involves no American troops on the ground for combat operations.

The Democratic chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Bob Menendez, and the panel's top Republican, Sen. Bob Corker, crafted the resolution.

The vote marked the first time lawmakers have voted to authorize military action since the October 2002 votes giving President George W. Bush the authority to invade Iraq.

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nalogirl wrote:
Typical, the majority of Americans do not want to go to war with Syria. Since when did the U.S. become the world's police. Stop this madness, let them figure out their decades of problems themselves.
on September 4,2013 | 09:53AM
hanalei395 wrote:
The one who voted "present" must have been John McCain, who was playing poker on his iPhone.
on September 4,2013 | 10:55AM
waka88 wrote:
Stop this madness, use of force in syria is an act of war. We do not want another war with more dead americans and more bllions of money thrown away.
on September 4,2013 | 10:12AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Obama ...... = Bush Light
on September 4,2013 | 11:06AM
Peacenik wrote:
Impeach, now!
on September 4,2013 | 10:35AM
Tarakian wrote:
I suggest we, France, attack and topple Assad. 2) Arm the moderate rebels. 3) Go after Al Qaeda in Northern Syria, 4) Ask Israel, after they are attacked by Syria or Hezbollah, to join in to topple Assad. Ask, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, with Israel support to go after Hezbollah in Lebanon. If Iran gets involved, have Israel go after nuclear facilities with U.S. support. Why? To defeat one bad guy at a time. Right now Assad. Al Qaeda in Syria. Nuclear facility in Iran. Hezbollah in Lebanon. Four big problems defeated in the middle east will bring more security for the oil flowing to U.S. and add to U.S. national security and interest in the long run and bring more lasting peace for Israel. After attacking four main objectives and succeeding, the Palestinians, Muslim Brotherhood and Iran will be less likely to attack the U.S. and Israel in the near future. Thus, in the long run, a longer lasting peace...until the next conflict. As Fat Clemenza of the Godfather said, "These things gotta happen every five years or so, ten years. Helps to get rid of the bad blood. Been ten years since the last one. You know, you gotta stop them at the beginning. Like they should have stopped Hitler at Munich, they should never let him get away with that, they was just asking for trouble." ―Michael Corleone and Peter Clemenza "
on September 4,2013 | 11:27AM
ResponsibleCitizen wrote:
So, how many of them own stock in the cruise missile companies.....???
on September 4,2013 | 04:09PM
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