John McCain and Jeff Flake Vote for Syria Strike

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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to pass a resolution that would authorize a military strike against Syria.

Both of Arizona's Senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, are on that committee, and they both voted in favor of the resolution.

The resolution passed the committee with a 10-7 vote.

From the New York Times:
The committee's bipartisan leaders pressed forward with a resolution limiting the duration and nature of military strikes, while Mr. McCain demanded more - not less - latitude for the military to inflict damage on the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

The approved resolution would limit strikes against the Syrian government to 60 days, with the possibility of 30 more days upon consultation with Congress, and it would specifically block the use of ground troops. But to retain the support of Mr. McCain, considered crucial to the authorization's final passage, the committee toughened some of the language.
The Washington Post has a pretty cool graphic showing members of Congress' support for military action in Syria, which shows only about 20 percent of Senators supporting it, and even fewer House members.

Also recommended reading from the Post: "9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask."

Here's what Flake's office had to say after his vote today:
United States Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today voted in favor of a resolution to authorize military action in Syria as a direct response to the chemical weapons attacks on Syrian civilians.

"As commander in chief, President Obama already has the authority to conduct a limited strike such as the one he has asked Congress to authorize. This president's reasons for coming to Congress in this instance were political, not constitutional," said Flake.

"I believe in a strong commander in chief who takes actions as warranted and stands by them, which is why I voted in favor of the resolution in committee. After reviewing both the classified and unclassified evidence, I am convinced that the Syrian regime did launch a chemical-weapons attack, and it is in our national interest that it faces the consequences."

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azwi
azwi

That war nut John McCain is pulling the strings on his puppet, stooge and dummy Jeff Flake. 

budsan
budsan

McCain is a war loving, war hungry warmongering old fool as for Flake he's just a McCain puppet stooge and dummy. McCain wanted us involved in at least 13 wars at last count. McCain is sick and mentally incompetent to serve

bgray59
bgray59

This is June 1914. Assad is the Arch Duke and you can assign the other players (non are innocent) the various parts.

Any wrong move by the leaders and we will have WW III,  Obama and his Staff of ideologues are to inexperienced to handle this situation.  Haggel and the puppets Obama installed in the Pentagon are to cowed to stand up to Valerie.  

A look at the ship deployments in the Med is all it takes to recognize the gravity of the situation.

Tim Larkin
Tim Larkin

one is just to old, the other a flake

Brad West
Brad West

I think McCain should discard and try for three of a kind. Wait, was something important going on?

duelly2003
duelly2003

the basics... and what are the basics according to redrock? the ability to get on here and tell other people to go play video games? thanks for the insightful input. my judgement is based on observation. here's a little tip for you if you'd like to join in this "adult" conversation: if you disagree with someone, bring an opposing view and cite some examples to back it. otherwise, you're just wasting your time and others'.

Pam Skinner
Pam Skinner

Obviously, I can't see the big picture, I am in so much national dept. I can't protect my family or support them..

Clint W Clark
Clint W Clark

I disagree with the two chuckle heads. our children and our money are more important at this time in our history. We have no money for infrastructure, education, health care but we come up with it pretty quick for the millatry industrial complex.

Lucia Perry
Lucia Perry

Unfortunately, the Swiss weren't neutral so much as in a position to profit. They hid Nazi gold. (I'm of Swiss ancestry)

Lucia Perry
Lucia Perry

Tired of war, and the Grand Plan to secure oil. We are very shallow thinkers when it comes to history.

Cathy Pridgen Cross
Cathy Pridgen Cross

I propose the US change our doctrine and become a war-neutral and humanitarian government much like Switzerland...keeping our Republic and defenses in place, of course. Who could say no to that? Think of the money and lives we would save! #BecomeNeutral

mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

' MUST WE USE THE BACK HAND FOR EVERYTHING'     LOOK  AT What happened in IRAC...WE CAME ..WE SAW ...THEN WE GOT THE HECK OUT OF THEIRE...WHEN IT GOT TOUGH....SHOULD HAVE JUST LEFT SADDAM HUSSEIN IN POWER AT LEAST THEY FEARED HIM...ENOUGH TO STOP THE BLOOD SHED..RIGHT NOW IRAC IS IN SHAMBLES...BODYS ALL OVER ..THE PLACE...THE UNITED STATES REPUTATION is on THE LINE ALRIGHT....LIKE THEY LIKE TO CLAIM...KERRY AND MCCAIN AND OBAMA.....A REPUTATION FOR PUSHING IT S WEIGHT AROUND....

Adam Nollmeyer
Adam Nollmeyer

Greg, how is the only way to protest war related to not driving cars. War is more than oil related and war is a tax on our children with the only winners being bankers and military industrial complex.

Adam Nollmeyer
Adam Nollmeyer

For those who haven't actuality researched this Syria thing, the current leaders are bad, but the rebels are also made up of Al Qida captions. So if we pick any side it's like choosing between Crypts or Bloods.

Greg Guerrero
Greg Guerrero

The only way to protest against war would be to stop using cars, plastics, and anything consumed even drugs n vanity; I don't think America is ready for a social change.... So yeah go for it and bomb united

Karyl Krug
Karyl Krug

No more killing. It solves/stops nothing. Jon Stewart called it "7th grade" thinking. We need to rethink the use of force.

Bernice A. Moore
Bernice A. Moore

"War is hell"...but I guess some people don't mind going to hell!

David James
David James

No surprise at all with those too, however, the U.S. needs to stay out of Syria!!!

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

I KNOW!!! We'll send Greg Stanton to Syria and have him direct a weapons buyback program. Mayor Boomburg can fund it. It'll work. Look how much safer Phoenix is.

Walter Unger Ccim
Walter Unger Ccim

they are both flakes, the " FLAKE" has not made one decision by himself yet without big daddy flake

Joe Ploskonka
Joe Ploskonka

1. The companies who build weapons 2. The companies who rebuild countries after someone blows them up

Joe Ploskonka
Joe Ploskonka

War is big business for the corporations that pay to keep our politicians in power. The rest of the world hates us, but at least John McCain gets a paycheck and free healthcare, right?

George Rudder
George Rudder

pretty sure it was named "the american jobs act"

Nephi Kemper
Nephi Kemper

Don't give up, just stop voting Dem or Rep and look at the Libertarian Party. If all the people who have become disenfranchised with the political parties would re-engage and step up, the two-party twin powers in the country would topple in a single election cycle, and we might even get some of our freedoms back.

Nephi Kemper
Nephi Kemper

Please describe your "bill to put Americans to work".

Dana Wittmann
Dana Wittmann

I disagree on an all out war but agree with the strike, providing we have Syria's neighbors on board; Turkey, Saudis. but whats wrong with Europe? Oh yeah, last time..

Sam Keeler
Sam Keeler

I agree if it will keep us safe from any sort of nuclear attack that may result because of them. I disagree because America is always meddling in other countries affairs while our own country struggles to keep our economy afloat.

Gary Deyoung
Gary Deyoung

Disagree, when the hell are politicians going to get serious about our problems. Syria is non of our dam business. Why the hell should we at our expense destroy and rebuild other countries.

Sarriah Zale
Sarriah Zale

Maybe we'll just play a poker game to decide.

Derek Losey
Derek Losey

Are you trying to make him have an aneurism? He's old, Honey.

HIGH HEAD BLUES
HIGH HEAD BLUES

Peace... People Peace... Get high and chill... Guitars not Bombs...

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Nephi Kemper  

I think it's too late, but the best hope for getting power out of the hands of the two parties is to reform our election process to use one of the forms of instant run-off election.


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Dana Wittmann  

Like last time, most of Europe sat back because the U.S. had already committed.

It's like being out with "friends" and buying a pitcher of beer and a pizza for the table and then asking others if they'd like to pitch in to pay for it.  Only your real friends will bother, since the pizza and beer will be coming, regardless.

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