(CNN) - Although Congress doesn't officially reconvene for another week, members are publicly and privately considering how they will vote on President Obama's call for military action in Syria.
Many members remained undecided on Monday as they returned to Washington for briefings. CNN is tracking their stated views as the brewkdown of a vote emerges.
How will they vote? House of Representatives | Senate
As their owners tell them to.
September 9th is not too far. Congress better vote on this.
There is no choice now. We already look weak for not attacking as planned.
Perhaps now all Americans will have the opportunity to see whether or not our representatives in Congress will actually debate/vote intelligently or will take this opportunity to yet again try to undermine the President of the United States to satisfy their own selfish political interests.
The negative actions of the Republicans for the past five years has been a juvenilistic nightmare.
They are a scary, frightening group of political legislators.
They better back the president and the word and honor of the United States or lose their jobs in 2014!!!!!!
I'll bet they vote to have a limited engagement, with complications unforeseen. That's the way it's worked in the past, and no changes have ever been made to the mindset of those making the decisions.
The president's strategy to defer to Congress is BRILLIANT! Here we have a "just say no" Congress being asked to make one of 2 choices: 1) Support the Commander-in-Chief and allow bombing on a Muslim dictator who actually DOES have (and has now used) weapons of mass destruction and DOES present an immediate threat to American interests, or 2) vote no, which plays into the hands of the Muslim despot, Russia and China....who, of course, would LOVE to have support from the Republican Party. It's not a surprise that John McCain, among their brightest, has come out in support of the president. The only thing that would make this even better – and don't be surprised if it happens – is that Nancy Pelosi INSIST that any vote in the House have the same standard that Speaker Boehner has applied to every bill since he has become Speaker – that this bill have a majority of REPUBLICANS (not just a majority of the HOUSE) supporting the resolution. Great job at calling the Republicans' bluff, Mr. President!
I surely hope congress carefully weighs all options and only gives approval for use of force if there is absolutely no other option available. While I do feel for victims of gas attack, I don't see how we have a critical interest in this, especially not critical enough to risk our sons and daughters. Especially for the likes of a people who cheer our own deaths.
That congressional members are wanting to set parameters our military advisors have not built in seems to me they think they are better military commanders than our Joint chiefs of staff.... methinks not.
Answer the moral question is: Is some form of action as outlined approvable and if so, Go! After that the president as CIC decides.... the only reasonable limitation is three months and the priority is eliminating chemical weapons stock piles or delivery vehicles and bases that support such operations.
What's needed is UN investigators confirmation of Sarin gas or other chemical weapons usage on 21st August before 09/09/2013
1) crazy Syrian Govt from their vast chemical stockpiles
2) crazy Syrian rebels, stolen from crazy Syrian Govt
3) crazy Al Queda, with imported chemical weapons bought on black market, goading the Syrian military for cover.
brought to you from the land of suicide bombers, Allahu Akbar! لله أكبر!!!
Now going modern, because going neuro-toxic is cheaper than explosives and more dramatic.