Obama losing war at home

SUBHEAD: Voters, it appears, are speaking out — and not in the direction that President Obama needs them to be.

By Michael Falcone on 6 September 2013 for ABC News -

Image above: Senator John McCain was jeered whilet presenting case for America attacking Syria. From (http://news.yahoo.com/crowd-mccain-town-hall-opposes-syria-action-005233144.html).

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Missouri Democrat who has been deeply skeptical of a military strike against Syria, said he would listen to his constituents before making a decision. And at a town meeting Thursday night in Kansas City, he got an earful. For two hours Cleaver stood at the front of a crowded room and listened to one person after another urge him to oppose military action. He heard from the liberal left and the Tea Party right — all with the same message, which one man summed up succinctly: “My short answer to this is not no, but hell no.”

So what will Cleaver do? As of now, he’s one of many House Democrats poised to vote no. Has anything in the administration’s argument been persuasive? “No,” he told ABC News after the meeting. “I listened to an official from the administration yesterday and while he was certainly powerful in his statements about why we should go alone, in terms of striking targets in Syria, I don’t think he said anything compelling.” When it comes to Syria, Cleaver ultimately said he has to treat President Obama like he would President Bush: “It doesn’t matter who sleeps in the White House,” he said.

Meanwhile in Arizona, Sen. John McCain’s town hall yesterday in Tucson was interrupted by jeers and anti-war chants. According to a dispatch from the Arizona Republic, police removed some disruptors, and a veteran walked out in the middle of a McCain answer when he didn’t like the case he was making on Syria. Another data point is the anecdotal evidence of voters making their views known through congressional offices. Several are reporting opposition to the war running at 99 percent or more.

Voters, it appears, are speaking out — and not in the direction that President Obama needs them to be. If he plans on engaging the public on his effort to lobby Congress, he gave the other side (both the anti-war left and the anti-Obama right) a week’s head start.

President Obama is considering a high-profile address to the nation on the need for military intervention in Syria — a speech that could come as early as this weekend — according to top lawmakers and administration officials.

Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said today there is no speech planned at this point, but that Obama is looking at “multiple opportunities” to make the case directly to Congress and the American people. Earlier this week, Secretary of State John Kerry told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that he has “no doubt” the president will make a speech from the Oval Office in the coming days. Obama is expected to return to Washington from Russia and the G-20 summit late tonight. His weekend schedule has not been announced.

The first test vote on whether the president can use military force against Syria could come early next week in the Senate. In a quick pro forma session at noon today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will place the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s resolution on the calendar. This allows for preliminary debate of the resolution to begin on Monday or Tuesday and sets up the first vote on cloture for as early as Wednesday. Reid indicated earlier this week that he hopes to have the resolution voted on by the end of next week.

As Washington debates potential military action against Syria, we have full analysis and the latest details of where the vote in Congress stands, and what it will take for the Obama administration to win support for a Syria strike. This Sunday, George Stephanopoulos goes one-on-one with two key players in the debate – White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a vocal critic of U.S. involvement in Syria.

And our powerhouse roundtable tackles the debate over military action against Syria, with Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, co-founder of the Foreign Policy Initiative Dan Senor, The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel, and Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren. Check the “This Week” page for full guest listings. Be sure to use #ThisWeek when you tweet about the program.



Anonymous said...

Kathy Cleary trust me i am not an advocate of war but there are times that it is necessary, and with Syria it is necessary the UN put a ban on using chemical weapons years ago and Syria killed several hundred innocent men, women, and children are supposed to just let them get away with it? All these people against action have they thought that Syria just might if not probably sell them to terrorists to use against us? They need to be stopped. Kathy Cleary

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