Sunday, September 1, 2013

SYRIA MISSILE STRIKE VOTE





REP CATHY RODGERS (R-WA): Seeking clarification


 

REP TRET RADEL (D-FL):  Answer questions on national security threat.


 


SEN ANGUS KING (I-ME): Review evidence with great care


 Peter T. King

REP PETER KING (R-NY): "If we can't observe the red line on Syria, Iran may well feel emboldened,"



 
REP JANICE HAHN (D-CA): Is there another way to hold Assad accountable?






REP ELIJAH CUMMINGS (D-MD): Too broad of a draft resolution.


 Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn.

REP JIM HIMES (D-CT): "Skepticism in the room"


CONGRESS SYRIA MISSILE STRIKE VOTE: CURRENT

 CONGRESS SYRIA  MISSILE STRIKE VOTE: EARLY RETURNS:
SEN JOHN MCCAIN (R-AZ): Wants assurances the operation will achieve desirable results.
SEN RAND PAUL:  (R-KY): The President has a 50-50 chance of getting the go-ahead from Congress
REP CANDICE MILLER (R-MI):  Endorsed the President for going to Congress
REP DAN KILDEE (D-MI): Endorsed the President for going to Congress
REP SANDER LEVIN (D-MI): Endorsed the President for going to Congress.
SEN CARL LEVIN (D-MI): President made a "strong case"  for retaliatory attack.
SEN SAXBY CHAMBLISS (R-GA): Vote against the measure citing circumstances.
SEN TIM KAINE (D-VA): Confident president will get green light.
REP MIKE ROGERS (R-MI) :"Congress will "rise to the occasion."
SEN CHRIS MURPHY (D-CT): "Skeptical.." But Congress will probably authorize..
SEN JAMES INHOFE (R-OK):  "I don't think they will."

CONGRESS MISSILE STRIKE VOTE//SYRIA: EARLY RETURNS

TO: FIELD UNITS
FROM: HQ
SUBJ: MEDIA REPTS ON WHERE US CONGRESS STANDS

FROM NBC NEWS:


"A leading skeptic of U.S. intervention in conflicts abroad said Sunday that he believes there is only a "50/50" chance that the GOP-controlled House will vote to authorize the use of U.S military force in the Syria.
"I think it's at least 50/50 whether the House will vote down involvement in the Syrian war," Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said on NBC's Meet the Press.
"I think the Senate will rubber stamp what [Obama] wants but I think the House will be a much closer vote," he added. "And there are a lot of questions we have to ask."
(reported by Carrie Dann)

THE REPUBLIC (VIA AP):

DETROIT — Bridging the political aisle, Michigan's members of Congress say they support President Barack Obama's decision to ask for a congressional vote before undertaking an attack on Syria in response to apparent poison gas attacks the U.S. says killed at least 1,400 people.
Republican U.S. Rep. Candice Miller and Democratic U.S. Reps. Dan Kildee and Sander Levin have issued statements endorsing Obama's decision to seek support from Congress rather than rely solely on his powers as president. The House and Senate return from summer recess on Sept. 9.
U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said Obama "made a strong case" Saturday when he gave his reasons for a retaliatory attack on the Syrian government but said he wanted congressional backing before acting.


LA TIMES:

 John McCain of Arizona, also signaled that they will use Obama’s offer to seek congressional approval before any attack on Syria to press the administration and the Pentagon to make sure that a U.S. reprisal is a clear warning to Assad

 Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia said Congress should vote against a strike on Syria unless it receives convincing assurance that the U.S. will not be drawn into an all-out military conflict there.

 A Democratic senator, Tim Kaine of Virginia, said he was confident that Congress will grant the president military authorization.
 (reported by Richard A. Serrano)


WILL UPDATE TO FIELD WHEN INFO MADE AVAILABLE; CONTINUE TO PREP FOR STRIKES

HQ

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WHITE HOUSE DUTY ROSTER; WK OF 09/03-06/2013

WHITE HOUSE DUTY ROSTER; WK OF 09/03-06/2013
#1) Get the UN OPCW lab reports back.
#2.) Take all the gas attack evidence to Congress.
#3.) Call State Dept.; tell John to play down the "negotiated political settlement" line.
#4.) Come up with a missile strike strategy that will satisfy the GOP hardliners.
#5.) Remind the UN that it recently reaffirmed the Geneva Protocol of 1925.
#6.) Call Netanyahu, ask him why Israel is not on board over at the OPCW.
#7.) Get the media to quit reporting "America in retreat".

ORGANIZATION FOR THE PROHIBITION OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS

TO" MEDIA
FROM: HQ
SUBJ: WMD INSPECTORS


 OPCW LOGO:



THIS FROM THE TIMES OF ISRAEL:

"The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which provided most of the 12-strong team of inspectors, has stringent guidelines for handling and testing samples at a chain of special labs around the world to ensure it delivers unimpeachable results."

OPCW HAS 189 MEMBERS.

THOSE STATES SIGNATORY TO THE OPCW BUT HAVE NOT RATIFIED THE CONVENTION ARE ISRAEL AND MYANMAR.

THOSE STATES WHICH HAVE NEITHER BECOME MEMBERS NOR HAVE ACCEDED TO THE  CHEMICAL WEAPONS  CONVENTION ARE ANGOLA, EGYPT, NORTH KOREA, SOUTH SUDAN AND SYRIA.

THE CURRENT CHAIRPERSON IS DR. OLEXANDR HORIN OF THE UKRAINE.

AFRICA IS ALLOWED 9 MEMBERS ON THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL; ASIA, WHICH INCLUDES THE MIDDLE EAST, HAS NINE. CURRENTLY SERVING FOR THE ASIA CONTINGENT IS, AMONG OTHERS, IRAN AND SAUDI ARABIA.

EASTERN EUROPE HAS FIVE INCLUDING RUSSIA; LATIN AMERICA HAS EIGHT; WESTERN EUROPE HAS TEN WHICH INCLUDES THE UNITED STATES.