NBC’s Chris Matthews believes Democrats will have to “sacrifice men and women who really, really don’t want to vote for this” in order to “save the president’s hide” when it comes to President Obama’s face-saving push for Congressional approval to go to war with Syria. First Read reports that the left is Obama’s only hope in Congress. And now House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has had to send a second letter of appeal to her caucus in just three days:
Continuing an effort to address the concerns of Democrats, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a second letter to her members trying to sway them to support a strike on Syria.
“Our continuing discussion on the appropriate response to the Syrian government’s actions is affected by Congress not being in session,” Pelosi wrote. “However, this week is an important one in our discussion of what House Members are willing to support.”
It is the second letter Pelosi (D-Calif.) has sent this week, appealing to her members on the Syria front. On Tuesday, the minority leader wrote to her caucus expressing the importance of approving a resolution to authorize a strike.
The President’s latest desperate move to win Congressional approval has been to make the ridiculous claim that, “I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line.”
“We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized,” the president said in August of 2012. “That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.”
Obama’s rush to war in the face of a terrible chemical attack launched in Syria only weeks ago is startling, especially when you consider that Democrats and the media accused George W. Bush of rushing into war with Iraq after his administration spent two years building a multi-national coalition and United Nations support.
Thus far, Obama has only been able to rally the French to his side (though they now seem to be hedging), and support from the United Nations is a non-starter.
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