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Republican congressman withdraws support for Syria strike

 
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Republican congressman withdraws support for Syria strike
Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), who on Saturday said he supported President Obama’s decision to launch military action in Syria, has changed his mind.

In a statement Thursday, Grimm says the window for action has now passed and that the feedback from his constituents has made him re-think his previous position.

“Thus, after much thought, deliberation and prayer, I am no longer convinced that a U.S. strike on Syria will yield a benefit to the United States that will not be greatly outweighed by the extreme cost of war,” Grimm said.

Grimm added: “Now that the Assad regime has seen our playbook and has been given enough time to prepare and safeguard potential targets, I do not feel that we have enough to gain as a nation by moving forward with this attack on our own.”

The remarks stand in stark contrast to what Grimm said less than a week ago.

The Staten Island Advance quoted Grimm as saying he was “supporting the president on this.”

“We have to keep our word; this is about our credibility,” Grimm said. “We can’t permit a precedent where there is a use of chemical weapons and there is no response.”

Grimm is the 91st House member to express opposition to military action in Syria, along with 93 who have expressed skepticism. That means the ranks of those likely to vote against a use of force resolution is getting close to the 217 that will be required to defeat it.

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Re: Republican congressman withdraws support for Syria strike
Obama will have to go it alone and risk impeachment.
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09/05/2013 08:40 PM
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Re: Republican congressman withdraws support for Syria strike
Thank GOD THEY ARE WAKING UP.


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Re: Republican congressman withdraws support for Syria strike
Hopefully the future looks Grimm for this ill-advised adventure...
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Re: Republican congressman withdraws support for Syria strike
Only because he knows his ass will be voted out with the next election.

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Re: Republican congressman withdraws support for Syria strike
YES.

The will of the people, when expressed strongly,

CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE !

A victory for We-the-People.

Keep your pitchfork handy !
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09/07/2013 09:14 AM
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Re: Republican congressman withdraws support for Syria strike
YES.

The will of the people, when expressed strongly,

CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE !

A victory for We-the-People.

Keep your pitchfork handy !
 Quoting: CitizensPAC 46390309


Anything that empowers the will of people toward peace is a spiritual victory that can make a difference .

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09/07/2013 09:18 AM

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Obama will not go it alone.

People best start considering the ramifications for international treaties, because if the red line is not enforced, why should countries respect the red lines at all?

This whole situation is going to cause massive issues for global relations and security.
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Obama will not go it alone.

People best start considering the ramifications for international treaties, because if the red line is not enforced, why should countries respect the red lines at all?

This whole situation is going to cause massive issues for global relations and security.
 Quoting: The Scientist


Obama will not go it alone.

People best start considering the ramifications for international treaties, because if the red line is not enforced, why should countries respect the red lines at all?

This whole situation is going to cause massive issues for global relations and security.
 Quoting: The Scientist




The red line is in our constitution. This is not it.
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Re: Republican congressman withdraws support for Syria strike
Obama will not go it alone.

People best start considering the ramifications for international treaties, because if the red line is not enforced, why should countries respect the red lines at all?

This whole situation is going to cause massive issues for global relations and security.
 Quoting: The Scientist


Obama will not go it alone.

People best start considering the ramifications for international treaties, because if the red line is not enforced, why should countries respect the red lines at all?

This whole situation is going to cause massive issues for global relations and security.
 Quoting: The Scientist




The red line is in our constitution. This is not it.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 21970570


The red line is not only your own constitution but also 189 UN countries who are party to the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Interestingly seven UN states are not party: Angola, Myanmar, Egypt, Israel, North Korea, South Sudan, Syria.

What most people are missing is that if conventions and treaties are not upheld, then what incentive do countries have for compliance?

A no vote in congress will cause a global crisis on many issues that are subject to conventions and treaties.

Last Edited by The Scientist on 09/07/2013 09:48 AM

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