September 6th, 2013
10:40 AM ET
1 year ago

On Syria, Obama to take outreach to the public

(CNN) – President Barack Obama will take his case for a military attack on Syria directly to the American people in a nationwide address Tuesday, he told reporters in Russia at the conclusion of the G20 summit.

“I will continue to consult with Congress. And I will make best case that I can to the American people as well as to the international community for taking necessary and appropriate action," he said at a press conference.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Jim

    Oh goodie, another campaign speech! How much is this tour of the USA going to cost the taxpayer?

    September 6, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. Data Driven

    ""it's neither his desire nor INTENTION to use that authority absent Congress backing him." [emphasis mine]

    Then if I'm a congresscritter, and I hear that language, I firmly vote "no". Let's get to work with the United Nations to do two things: 1) addressing the refugee crisis, and 2) pressuring Russia to stop propping up Assad (they're showing some signs of cracking there, anyway). Both goals do not require drone bombs.

    September 6, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. alexthegreat

    Oh great another speach, this is what he is best at. He has no clue about running a country. I would rather watch the 'Rugrats' than listen to this guy tell us more lies!

    September 6, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Nothing At All

    It appears Obama gambled on his decision to go to Congress. There are too many reasons not to support this action, the least of which is the failure of the rest of the world to do anything about chemical weapons. Yes, the use of poison gas is horrific, but so is death from bullets and bombs. There is a civil war going on in Syria. None of the actors in this war have any intention of subscribing to American ideals. The U.S. has nothing to gain unless a large coalition of nations is prepared to stop the killing.

    September 6, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. Tampa Tim

    Often, doing the right thing is not about what you gain. Doing the right thing is not always popular with right wingnuts.

    September 6, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. Peoples State of Illinois

    We need to stay out of Syria. None of our business. We don't need WWIII.

    September 6, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Gunderson

    Holy Food Stamps,
    Obama take quest to peasants. Peasants already sell soul to devil. Peasants lost in either Rome or on Titanic. A decision from peasants who have 17 Trillion Dollar Federal debt. Smart choice. Wow. Old Gunderson really confused.

    September 6, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. Tampa Tim

    After destabilizing the Mid East with an unnecessary second war in Iraq, we have some responsibility to protect some populations from butchers.

    September 6, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. Sniffit

    "it seems that Russia and iran are telling us what we should do about Syria and the republicans are going along with them."

    GOPers/Teatrolls think that further gassing of women and children is a bargain-basement price to pay for getting to embarrass Obama and claim it's all his and the Dems' fault in 2014.
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    The vote will be interesting, Counselor... it may be the dems who deny authorization to Obama, and it may be a bipartisan "no". Either way, IF the authorization gets a thumbs-down, it won't be solely a GOP denial. Or am I wrong?
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    Indeed. However, I was speaking about motivations, not who in Congress or which party gets the blame when Assad starts the gas canister festival in Syria....sooooo, yeah, pretty much an irrelevant comment from you. I find the "war weariness" excuse and the ideological daydream that a desperate madman will be amenable to a "negotiated settlement" to be as silly and naive as I find the GOP/Teatrolls' "nose spite face" and "obstruct and destroy Obama at all costs" routines to be disgusting and destructive.

    September 6, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "Yes, the use of poison gas is horrific, but so is death from bullets and bombs."

    Yeah, so let it be written: nerve agents and poisons and vesicants/blister agents, land mines, nuclear warheads, dirty bombs and torture are all perfectly ok to be used because it's all the same as bullets and conventional bombs and dead is dead. Open season everyone!

    September 6, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "pressuring Russia to stop propping up Assad (they're showing some signs of cracking there, anyway). "

    No they aren't. Putin just stated at the G20 that Russia would aid Assad with weaponry and supplies if we strike. Meanwhile, 11 of the G20 countries have come on board with Obama, signing a statement of support for an aggressive response.

    September 6, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. Fair is Fair

    @ Sniffit -

    Hey, listen. Since this whole incident started, I've said it was a no-win scenario for the President. Act, and you risk igniting a broader conflict (in many diffeent scenarios). Don't act, and we lose moral authority by not addressing a horrific war crime. It looks like the U.N. option is off the table due to Russia's (and possibly China's veto). I certainly don't know which is the correct course of action, and I suspect you don't either... but I'd be genuinely interested in your opinion (without your typical smarmy remarks, though).

    September 6, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. truth hurts but reality bites

    Sniffit
    Meanwhile, 11 of the G20 countries have come on board with Obama, signing a statement of support for an aggressive response.
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    Well gosh darn that makes all the difference in the world! Let's start the bombing right now!!

    Oh wait... yes, just meaningless words on a meaningless paper if they aren't backed up with men, money and materials to get the job done. Translation: Good luck with that nutty misadventure, let us know how it turns out.

    September 6, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. kirk

    Yup gundy, two wars were free, and tax cuts for the rich and big business was a recipe for success, and lets not forget romneys a stand up guy

    September 6, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    The vote will be interesting, Counselor... it may be the dems who deny authorization to Obama, and it may be a bipartisan "no". Either way, IF the authorization gets a thumbs-down, it won't be solely a GOP denial. Or am I wrong?
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    You are kaliedoscoping into a new configuration on the House vote, Fair. I'm hope the shock of the Republican voting against your prediction doesn't wear off too soon. Hopefully, the shock will serve to enlighten you as to how little that they actually care about what is best for the nation. Their only concern is what is best for the Republican Party, specifically cash donations.

    September 6, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. just saying

    Tampa Tim
    After destabilizing the Mid East with an unnecessary second war in Iraq, we have some responsibility to protect some populations from butchers.
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    obama destabilized the middle east from day one when he went around apologizing for past usa actions and promising we aren't going be a big bad bully any more, trying to solve all the worlds problems with military force. he encouraged the arab spring and the removal of leaders and governments on good terms with the usa and that is when the uprising in syria started.

    obama has sat on his hands for two years and watched as 100,000 have been killed. he promised to send arms and never did it. he shoot off his mouth and got his bluff called by assad.

    obama owns the syria mess all by his lonesome. and now the clueless community organizer threatens to make matters even worse. the whole world is starting to see obama for the massive bumbling incompetent he is. all he truly knows how to do is shot his mouth off in speeches. now our military is going to be asked to save face for him when doing so is not in our nations best interest.

    September 6, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |