Congressman Massie: “Gravest Concern, Congress Will Vote For Strikes”

By: Ben Swann
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Congress Massie and Ben Swann

After a week of build up in what looked like an almost certain U.S. strike against Syria, President Obama has taken a step back and now says he will seek authorization from Congress.

From the Rose Garden, Saturday, the President said he has decided that it is necessary for the U.S. to undergo military strikes against the Assad regime but will instead allow Congress to debate the issue when they return from recess.  This is a major announcement when you consider the military build up over the past week.


The big question of course, will Congress authorize action against Syria?  That will be an interesting debate as many members of Congress and even Congressional candidates are voicing their unwillingness for the U.S. to become involved in Syria.  This decision by the President is certainly a political one and just about the only way for President Obama to save face after creating a “red line” for the Syrian government and then proclaiming through out the week that the line had been crossed.

I talked this week with Republican Congressman Thomas Massie of Kentucky who tells me that while he believes it is the duty and responsibility of Congress to vote on any act of war, he is concerned about how the vote will go.

“My gravest concern is that there are members of Congress in both parties who would support intervention in Syria and we should not be intervening in Syria where our interests are not clear at all.”

British Prime Minister David Cameron was blocked in his effort to intervene in Syria when the British Parliament voted down Britain’s involvement.  President Obama had virtually no other alternative considering that the rest of the world has backed away from U.S. or Western involvement and the American people are overwhelmingly against the idea of U.S. intervention.

As we reported, this about-face by the President is a major victory for alternative media who have virtually stood alone while identifying the al Qaeda backed al Nusra Front as the “rebel” force to which the U.S. would be providing assistance.

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  • ComparedToWhat?

    The decision to invade Syria has been made. The task at hand now is to create enough fear to support the attack.

    • Aleksandr Kalinin

      Stop World War call the White House at 202-456-1414 call the capitol switchboard, 202-224-3121, and 202-225-3121, 2 ask 4 any senator & House members

      Only passive ones admits defeat before actually being defeated. ACT NOW!

  • Joe Palooka

    This war is part of the plan for geo-political control of the area and it would completely devistate Russia’s economy and that’s why Russia will go to war directly with the US if we attack Syria or Iran.

    Why Syria? It’s Not What You Think And It’s Not What You’ve Been Told.
    http://www.stevequayle.com/index.php?s=598&d=17

    General Wesley Clark: Wars Were Planned – Seven Countries In Five Years
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RC1Mepk_Sw

    Obama Must Go! Russia Warns War Against America “Use With Nuclear Weapons” Segment starts @ 44 seconds
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXYt1zJLT8g

  • lastresort09

    Call Congress and let your opinion be heard. Let them know that we don’t want this war. They are supposed to represent us and 60% of Americans don’t want a war (only 9% actually do). Don’t fall for false flag attacks that are set to convince you.

  • Aleksandr Kalinin

    Stop World War call the White House at 202-456-1414 call the capitol switchboard, 202-224-3121, and 202-225-3121, to ask for any senator & House members

    Only passive ones admits defeat before actually being defeated. ACT NOW!

    • LetsTryLibertyAgain

      The number I use for the White House switchboard is:

      877-SOB-U-SOB

      I am not making that up! Try it! Tell them to tell Barry that we don’t want another US no-win scenario conflict in the Middle East.

  • LetsTryLibertyAgain

    It certainly looks like public sentiment came down like a ton of bricks. NO MORE UNCONSTITUTIONAL WARS BY PRESIDENTIAL FIAT! So now, Obama is forced to have some quasi legitimacy. Note that he didn’t agree to a congressional declaration of war, as our Constitution requires. He said that he’d “consult with Congress”. He’s going to have a little pow-wow with a few of the many big government chicken hawks who have been cherry picked for these committee assignments, and they will rubber stamp his war plan, and they’ll try to sell that to us as Congress acting to represent the American people.

    Wake up! Don’t let them get by with this yet again. Public sentiment is against any US military action in Syria, and that sentiment is growing quickly by the day.

    Huge thanks to Representative Thomas Massie! I helped a bit on his campaign and was proud to attend his victory party. He represents the district to my north, but Thomas is MY representative in Congress. He’s the real deal… and then some! Find, recruit and elect your own Thomas Massie! It’s the only hope we have.

  • Mark Robert

    FALSE FLAG, FALSE FLAG, FALSE FLAG.

    Please call your Congressman and Senators

    Tell them. “NO WARS for Israel.”

    Tell them. “We are tired of Zionist Propaganda.”

    Tell them. “We want the Zionist out of our country.”

    Tell them. “We know Al-Qaeda was created by the CIA.”

    Tell them. “We are tired of Manufactured Terrorism.”

    Tell them. “We don’t want your phony WARS.”

  • Mark Robert

    WAR CRIMES, WAR CRIMES, WAR CRIMES

    We need to kick the War Mongering Zionist out of OUR Country.

    If Obama plans on sending cruise missiles into Syria, We need to bring charges of WAR CRIMES against him.

    These AIPAC loving Zionist have declared WAR on US citizens.

    These Zionist want OUR GUNS:

    Michael Bloomberg, Dianne Feinstein, Carl Levin, Barbara Boxer, Ron Wyden, Ben Cardin, Bernie Sanders, Al Franken, Michael Bennet, Brian Schatz, Richard Blumenthal and Chuck Schumer.

  • Awakening

    I agree with Rep Massie and Ben and everyone who knows the president needs declaration of war from Congress. However, can anyone answer me this:
    Why do we need to pass a bill that says the president can’t attack Syria without Congress? Isn’t it redundant? He can’t attack any country, period. So why do we need to pass specific bills? Then will we need one saying he can’t attack Iran, and he can’t attack Somalia and he can’t attack China? Why do we need a bill to say we have to follow the Constitution?

    • not fair

      We don’t and all we have to do is remind them and force all current Congressperson to take classes in the Constitution and make it mandatory for all incoming to take the class too. A lot of the Bill that are being passed are totally against the U.S. Constitution but the common people don’t say boo so Congress sells out.

  • poptoy1949

    Congress would be foolish to support obama with these strikes on Syria.

    • HP McLovincraft

      Puhleeeeeez.

      If Obama took an Epic Journey to Hell, ripped Satan from his fiery throne and destroyed him, the ‘baggers would still criticize him for such an act, violating Satan’s Constitutional Rights or some such blather.

      Let’s keep it real.

      All American Presidents are bellicose warmongerers.

  • HP McLovincraft

    Puhleeeeeez.

    The only thing Massie cares about is Massie Energy making more filthy lucre by blowing up what remains of the Appalachian mountains because there’s a little bit of coal to be harvested by ruining the mountains, the valleys and the water table, Appalachian folk be damned.

    • not fair

      At least he didn’t suck up to Israel in HR 938!!!

  • Johnny Cirucci

    Ben, I absolutely adore you. I just ask one thing: I know you are a professional, but please give us a little. Stop calling this scumbag insurgent “president” when he is NOT Constitutionally qualified.

    That may sound conspiratorial but, hey, that’s your audience. : )

  • Kevin Merck

    “My gravest concern is that there are members of Congress in both parties who would support intervention in Syria and we should not be intervening in Syria where our interests are not clear at all.”

    People who voted to let the NSA continue illegal snooping on American citizens and who overwhelmingly support diabolical laws like ‘The Patriot Act’ and NDAA are a sure bet to give their blessing to an unconscionable war crime.

    Nothing in the track record of these treasonous rats would give any indication to the contrary.

  • not fair

    Rep. Massie was the only true American House Rep., who vote “NO” in HR 938, “United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014,” 113th Congress, 3/4/14 Bill, which requires our President to report to Congress on matters related to Israel that Israel does not like (I didn’t vote for Oba but FUKaU Israel if you think any U.S. President should bow to you fuking retards), that we shall give them our “surplus” and “stockpiles” of weapons, pretty much for free and as their money, if they could part with their $god, is really our the aid-money we gave them to purchase our materials; it takes you breath away that any American representative would go along with this BULLSHIT Bill and voted, yes!!! Massie was the only one who voted “NO”, 19 coward out and the remaing fuks shouldn’t be in Congress representing “Israel” instead of Americans! Shit needs to hit the fan and they need to smell it before we shove it into these criminals disgusting mouths! FUKaU goyim haters! Fukau! Go to congress.gov and type in HR 938, select the Bill titled above.

  • not fair

    HR938 making United States President, arm forces, etc., kneel to Israel–Bill heading to Senate–STOP STOP this Bill–contact your Senators scream into their ears “You serve the American people–NOT Israel and we want this Bill deader than buried.” What this Bill says is, “We, Israel, will control the President and the American through the puppet Congressperson we bought to work for us.” If this, like many, Bills don’t piss you off, then you work for the Zionist-Israeli-scum- bag–
    Passed House amended (03/05/2014)
    United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 – (Sec. 3) Declares that Israel is a major strategic partner of the United States.
    Title I: United States-Israel Strategic Alliance – (Sec. 101) Amends the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 to change language regarding certain actions to assist in the defense of Israel and to protect U.S. interests from a “sense of Congress” to actions the “President should take.”
    Requires the President to report to Congress regarding such actions.
    Amends the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2005 to extend authority to transfer certain obsolete or surplus Department of Defense (DOD) items to Israel.
    Amends the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to extend authority to make additions to foreign-based defense stockpiles for use as war reserve stocks through FY2015.
    Requires the President to report to Congress regarding the status of Israel’s qualitative military edge every two years. (Such report is currently due every four years.)
    Directs the Secretary of State to report to Congress regarding the range of cyber and asymmetric threats posed to Israel by state and non-state actors, and joint U.S.-Israel efforts to address such threats.
    (Sec. 102) Directs the President to direct the Secretary of State to undertake discussions with Israel to identify the steps necessary to include Israel within the list of countries eligible for the Strategic Trade Authorization exception to the requirement for a license for the export, re-export, or in-country transfer of an item subject to certain export controls. (This exception authorizes exports, re-exports, and in-country transfers, including releases within a single country of software source code and technology to foreign nationals, in lieu of a license that would otherwise be required. The list of countries eligible for the license exception covers those countries with respect to which the reasons for control that would ordinarily impose the license requirement include national security, chemical or biological weapons, nuclear nonproliferation, regional stability, crime control, and/or significant items authorized for destinations in or nationals of a specified Country Group.)
    Directs the President to report to Congress on the status of such negotiations every 180 days for three years or until Israel is included in the list of eligible countries.
    Directs the President to direct the Secretary of Commerce to ensure that Israel is treated no less favorably than other members or adherents to the Missile Technology Control Regime.
    Urges the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) to consider giving preference to providing insurance, financing, or reinsurance for energy and water projects in Israel.
    Authorizes the President to carry out cooperative activities with Israel and to provide assistance to Israel that promotes cooperation in the fields of energy, water, agriculture, alternative fuel technologies, and civil space.
    Authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), through the Director of the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency and with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, to enter into cooperative research pilot programs with Israel for: (1) border, maritime, and aviation security; (2) explosives detection; and (3) emergency services. Authorizes FY2014 appropriations.
    (Sec. 103) Expresses a sense of Congress that the United States and Israel should take steps to increase cyber-security cooperation.
    (Sec. 104) States that it should be U.S. policy that the President should provide assistance, upon Israel’s request, for the David’s Sling Weapon System, the joint United States-Israel Arrow Weapon System (Arrow 2 and Arrow 3), and the Iron Dome short-range rocket defense system.
    (Sec. 105) Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) the United States and Israel should continue collaborative efforts to enhance Israel’s military capabilities, (2) the United States and Israel should conclude an updated Memorandum of Understanding regarding U.S. security assistance to help Israel meet its security requirements and uphold its qualitative military edge, (3) the United States should ensure that Israel has timely access to important military equipment, and (4) the United States should continue to support Israel’s right of self-defense.
    (Sec. 106) States that it shall be U.S. policy to include Israel in the list of countries that participate in the visa waiver program when Israel satisfies, and as long as Israel continues to satisfy, such program’s requirements.
    (Sec. 107) Expresses the sense of Congress that the Department of State should continue its coordination on monitoring and combating anti-Semitism with the government of Israel.
    Title II: United States-Israel Energy Cooperation – (Sec. 201) Amends the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, with respect to United States-Israel energy cooperation, to authorize the Secretary of Energy (DOE) to make grants to eligible applicants, including projects involving joint ventures of the U.S. and Israeli governments, to promote: (1) natural gas energy, including natural gas projects conducted by or in conjunction with the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation, the United States-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation; and the United States-Israel Science and Technology Foundation; and (2) improvement of energy efficiency and the overall performance of water technologies through research and development in water desalination, wastewater treatment and reclamation, and other water treatment refiners.
    Authorizes the Secretary of Energy to enter into cooperative agreements supporting and enhancing dialogue and planning involving international partnerships between DOE, including its National Laboratories, and the government of Israel and its ministries, offices, and institutions.
    Limits the federal share of costs under such agreements to 50%.
    Authorizes the Secretary of Energy to establish a joint United States-Israel Center based in an area of the United States with the experience, knowledge, and expertise in offshore energy development to further collaboration to develop more robust academic cooperation in energy innovation technology and engineering, water science, technology transfer, and analysis of geopolitical implications of new natural resource development and associated areas.
    Extends the grant program through FY2021.
    Title III: Offset – (Sec. 301) Amends the Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009 to reduce specified funding for Pakistan through FY2014.