Syria

 Posted by at 14:18  Middle East, Politics
Aug 312013
 

President Obama on the use of chemical weapons in Syria:

Now, after careful deliberation, I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets. This would not be an open-ended intervention. We would not put boots on the ground. Instead, our action would be designed to be limited in duration and scope. But I’m confident we can hold the Assad regime accountable for their use of chemical weapons, deter this kind of behavior, and degrade their capacity to carry it out.

Our military has positioned assets in the region. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs has informed me that we are prepared to strike whenever we choose. Moreover, the Chairman has indicated to me that our capacity to execute this mission is not time-sensitive; it will be effective tomorrow, or next week, or one month from now. And I’m prepared to give that order.

But having made my decision as Commander-in-Chief based on what I am convinced is our national security interests, I’m also mindful that I’m the President of the world’s oldest constitutional democracy. I’ve long believed that our power is rooted not just in our military might, but in our example as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. And that’s why I’ve made a second decision: I will seek authorization for the use of force from the American people’s representatives in Congress.

Over the last several days, we’ve heard from members of Congress who want their voices to be heard. I absolutely agree. So this morning, I spoke with all four congressional leaders, and they’ve agreed to schedule a debate and then a vote as soon as Congress comes back into session.

He has decided that military intervention in Syria is called for but, given all the noise that has been forthcoming from the Congress critters over the past several days, he has also decided to let them have their say. We shall now see if they really are willing to put their money where their mouths are. Let the consequences of any action or inaction on our part be on their heads since that seems to be where they want it to be.

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Weekly Address 08-31-13

 Posted by at 09:38  Politics
Aug 312013
 

“Commemorating Labor Day”

From the White House weblog:

In his weekly address, President Obama spoke about Labor Day and reflected on the contributions of the working men and women in our country. The President said that by recommitting ourselves to the values of working Americans and coming together with common purpose, we can ensure that everyone who works hard has a chance to get ahead.

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Aug 302013
 

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Weekly Address 08-24-13

 Posted by at 10:32  Politics
Aug 242013
 

“Making Higher Education More Affordable for the Middle Class”

From the White House weblog:

In his weekly address, President Obama noted that while college education has never been more important, it has also never been more expensive. That’s why the President proposed major new reforms to make college more affordable for middle class families and those fighting to get into the middle class. The President’s bold plan would tie federal financial aid to the value and opportunity that colleges provide students, encourage innovation and competition, and help Americans manage their existing student debt by allowing everyone to cap monthly payments at 10 percent of their discretionary income. The President acknowledged that these reforms won’t be popular with everyone – especially those who benefit from the status quo – but we have to shake up the current system because the path we’re on is simply unsustainable.

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Weekly Address 08-17-13

 Posted by at 09:51  Politics
Aug 172013
 

“Working to Implement the Affordable Care Act”

From the White House weblog:

In this week’s address, President Obama said we are on the way to fully implementing the Affordable Care Act and helping millions of Americans. Unfortunately, a group of Republicans in Congress are working to confuse people and are even suggesting they will shut down the government if they cannot shut down the health care law. Health insurance isn’t something to play politics with, and the President will keep working to make sure the law works as it’s supposed to, and he encourages everyone to visit HealthCare.gov to find out more about the law and how to sign up.

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Weekly Address 08-10-13

 Posted by at 10:53  Politics
Aug 102013
 

“A Better Bargain for Responsible, Middle Class Homeowners”

From the White House weblog:

In this week’s address, President Obama says that the housing market is starting to heal, and now it’s time to build on that progress by creating a better bargain for responsible, middle class homeowners. The President announced steps he will take to strengthen the housing market, and now Congress must act to help make homeownership a source of pride and middle class security for generations to come.

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Aug 092013
 

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