September 7, 2013 (TSR) – The majority in the U.S. House of Representatives are expected to vote against the Syrian War, with only a few dozen “yes” votes and a massive undecided contingent leaving open the door for not just a loss, but a huge loss for the war party.
So far, it is 212 politicians who are to vote NO, while 43 vote YES.
With no date yet set for the House vote, there is increasing talk that it could get pushed back to give the administration more time to lobby.
As broad as the opposition is, it is hard to envision the administration turning the tables and getting U.S. Congress back on the side of aggressive warfare.
The efforts to lobby have been heavy-handed and poorly received, with the Congressional Black Caucus scheduled for a secret Monday briefing and then being told, in no uncertain terms, not to publicly criticize the war over the weekend.
Though the administration continues to claim it has secret proof that it is showing to certain special, already pro-war lawmakers, the reality is that the public case has failed miserably, and polls showing huge public opposition to the war continue to drive the votes against the resolution.
According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, nearly six in 10 in the US are opposed to missile strikes on Syria over accusation that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against militant groups.
The call for military action against Syria intensified after foreign-backed opposition forces accused the Syrian government of launching a chemical attack on militant strongholds in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21.
Damascus has vehemently denied the accusations, saying the chemical attack was carried out by the militants themselves as a false flag operation.
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.
According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and a total of 7.8 million of others displaced due to the violence.
Ron Paul: Congress’s NO to Obama will be historic
“I think there’s a historic event going on here and if this vote is won, that is defeat [of] the request to have more military approach to Syria, I think it will be historic because it would be a grand coalition of the Libertarian Republicans and the Democratic Progressives,” Paul said Thursday on NBC.
Washington has accused the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of launching a chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21, killing hundreds of people. The Syrian government has strongly rejected the allegation.
US accusations against the Syrian government were based on conflicting reports by the anti-Syria militants who posted
Paul, a 2012 Republican presidential candidate who is known for his fierce opposition to US military involvements abroad, said last week that the reported chemical attack was a “false flag” likely carried out by the US-backed militant groups.
President Obama, who has previously described the use of chemical weapons as a “red line,” said last Saturday that the United States should attack Syria. Obama, however, said he would seek congressional authorization before ordering military strikes on Syrian targets.
Recent reports have indicated that members of the US House of Representatives will probably turn down a resolution authorizing military action in Syria. But the Senate is expected to rubberstamp Obama’s request.
By a 10-7 vote Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a resolution that authorizes a limited military action in Syria.
Regardless of how Congress votes, senior administration officials have said that the president has teh right to go with his decision to wage a military attack on Syria.
“The president’s decision to take military action in Syria still stands, and will indeed be carried out, regardless of whether Congress votes next week to approve the use of such force,” a senior State Department official has told Fox News on condition of anonymity.
Secretary of State John Kerry has also asserted that Obama has the right to strike Syria if Congress rejected his call for action.
“We don’t contemplate that the Congress is going to vote no,” said Kerry, adding that the president has the right to order attacks “no matter what Congress does.”