September 2nd, 2013
04:25 PM ET
9 years ago

Syria vote could have consequences for 2016

(CNN) - An expected congressional vote next week could affect a presidential race that won't officially get under way for more than year.

And the vote on whether to authorize military action against the Syrian government might serve as an important test for the handful of congressional Republicans who are considering 2016 bids for the White House.


Filed under: 2016 • Syria
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    Those who vote for this, are NOT going to liked in their districts, or states.

    September 2, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    Obama, take the approval from Congress on this. Please.

    September 2, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    If these teaparty GOP fools, Cruz and bland Paul won't react to the use of chemical weapons in which 1500 were killed, how are they going to protect the USA , but don't worry , these GOP goofs will never see the inside of the White House except on a tour that they have to pay for!!!!!

    September 2, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. What a Shame

    The Nobel Peace Prize winner has spoken. Let's go to war! A shot across the bow won't do it and Obama has shown he doesn't have the spine, intelligence or competence to pull this off. If he does this then he will need to make sure Assad is removed, but he's only interested in saving political face about a stupid "Red Line" comment that no one took him seriously to begin with.. He will only succeed in lighting the fuse to a much larger conflict. God help us and all the innocent killed to bolster his ego.

    September 2, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. G

    building up for the iraq invasion ,all cheney had to do is call his republican freinds and say one word–PROFIT

    September 2, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. Dixie

    The first step is already made. It is already a done deal. Obama needs to man up and do what he said. Congress cannot vote not to go. The world is watching us and we are on the site. If we just leave credibility is gone not just damaged. I personally wish we had gotten Congress called back and approval given. I don't want another war but here we are.

    September 2, 2013 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. Pk duster

    Get ready for ww3 then we will have to start the draft

    September 2, 2013 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  8. Pk duster

    I hope for the first time in my life that congress says no thd president

    September 2, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  9. Obama Shootin' from the Lip

    Obama making threats and drawing red lines that others will have to die for? NO THANK YOU. We have ZERO national interest in taking Assad down at this point. He is doing a great job of destroying himself and sending some AQ to meet their maker. If anything we should be letting this play out. Why should we risk any US military lives or spend one cent on any of these people? Let the Arabs clean up their own neighborhood and unsavory characters. We could spend a thousand years there and every last cent trying to help and save these people. And then be spit on for doing it.

    September 2, 2013 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  10. RWB1956

    Notice how "save face" and "red line" have become RW talking points in the last few days? Hilarious

    September 2, 2013 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  11. Patrick in Wisconsin

    What a Shame, remember when Woodrow Wilson won the Nobel? He didn't do much, except get the U.S. into the second largest military conflict we ever got into. What's your point?

    September 2, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  12. Thomas

    This is the President who put an end to Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden after a press club dinner .

    It's sad so many Americans under estimate our President . It's not an easy job , nor is it easy to engage in a war . War should always be a last resort .

    I pray for him to make the right decision , I'm thankful I don't have to make that decision .

    September 2, 2013 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  13. Name Uche Agonsi

    Yaah, things would never be the same again definitely. Remember what I said at the begin of all these.... 'IT WOULD BE OBAMA'S GREATEST BUNGLE/MISTAKE '. It would even lead to a whole lot of armament in the Middle East.... Syria, if they survive it, would seek to update its military assets, Israel would modernise to maintain their lead, Iran, every country there would not keep aloft ......even Russia and China would not like these developments to pass by as they would reinvent their struggles to deter further humiliation from US....... And back home it would be no breather as the joy would be over. The people would resort to their blame gain, and guess the losers and gainers. The former are the Democrats and latter the Repubs. It would be definitely pretty to watch. It is the sad story of a fallen hero who had evrything going well for him until he became the victim of a devil called McCain. This logic is but the mild part of a limited strike .....OR Decision against striking by Congress. The worst senario is expanded war. Remember what McCain said about non approval by Congress and the caption of Syria being from hell. The desparation game is now being played. The turnout will be more interesting to watch. Things have reached the point of no return.

    September 3, 2013 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  14. Winston Smith

    Where are all those jobs we've been promised? They all said that employment was their main goal while running for office, but since they were elected it's been nothing but war, war, war.

    September 3, 2013 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  15. Donna

    No two ways about this... Obama has bungled it royally. He's put the country and our military in a very bad spot. He never should have opened his mouth about red lines, etc. Obama needs to stop talking so much. He needs to know when to shut up and say no comment. Now I fear people will die because he doesn't know when to shut up.

    September 3, 2013 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  16. Cephus

    Approval or no approval ! The world cannot just watch helpless children being gassed to death, that's unacceptable. Now the question is "who did it" after establishing "who" then whoever did it has to pay for it in one way or another.

    September 3, 2013 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  17. The Great Pontificator

    I can't believe I see posters equating not jumping into this to not defending the USA. Folks, don't let political water carrying bypass your own common sense. Why on earth do we want any part of this. 1500 died? Those who cheer our downfall? They surely are not worth us risking our daughters and sons or even the money spent on missiles. Why is Obama pushing this? Sounds like his mouth wrote a check that he now wants us to pay. That guy is in way over his head.

    September 3, 2013 04:51 am at 4:51 am |
  18. J.V.Hodgson

    Stop it CNN. Could, should, might, maybe affect 2016.
    Try again to create nonsense controversy If ( biggest word in the English language) xyz, etc or not abc; or perhaps mno, something might, maybe a controversy affect 2016 outcome... trying to create one out of nothing is futile and specious!! and is worse than crystal ball gazing.
    It certainly is not NEWS!! or Reporting.

    September 3, 2013 05:11 am at 5:11 am |
  19. Name

    Obama is not a stupid president, if republican want to cut food stamps for their own ppl and u this man is stupid to take this country to war alone, if u look at the cities that take in more government hands out are the states republican govt, tennessee, texas, means all those southern republican are the problem so let cut spenting

    September 3, 2013 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
  20. kirk

    Shame, reading the last statement alone brings the bush administration to mind

    September 3, 2013 07:52 am at 7:52 am |