Speaker John Boehner
Speaker Boehner on Syria moments ago, “I’m going to support the President’s call for action.” He said colleagues should also. Boehner made his statement after meeting with President Obama.
Last Wednesday, Boehner echoed the sentiments of McCain and Graham in a letter to the President. He urged Obama to “make the case to the American people and Congress for how potential military action will secure American national security interests, preserve America’s credibility, deter the future use of chemical weapons, and, critically, be a part of our broader policy and strategy.”
It is not clear if there will be a strategy laid out.
Graham has tweeted that there are no good options. McCain said the Free Syrian Army are good people being massacred by arms being flown in by Russians and Iranians, et cetera.
There is a joint classified briefing underway. Congress is still not being called back early but with briefings taking place, more and more members are returning. The ones who aren’t should be voted out.
Merkel won’t be involved but said Obama’s action is appropriate. Peres of Israel is praising Obama. Hollande said if the US Congress rejects Obama’s planned strike, the French will not act on their own.
Secretary of State John Kerry is on his way to Capitol Hill to make the case for a limited strike against the Syrian regime.
The proposal which gave Mr. Obama unlimited powers has been modified in some way by congressional democrats.
The way this has unfolded is bizarre and unlike anything we have ever seen in US foreign policy.