Monday Morning Politics: How Red is the Syria Line?

Monday, May 06, 2013

Inside the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C. (O Palsson/flickr)

Has the Syrian conflict crossed President Obama's "red line," and what are the options on the table? Susan Page, Washington bureau chief for USA Today, discusses the latest news from Washington, from Syrian intervention to new questions about the Libyan embassy attack.


Susan Page

Comments [17]

Bob from Brooklyn

Brian you was totally wrong on on a few of your comments:

1. The entire world doesn't consider the Hassad regime to be, as you say illegitamite.-----i.e. Russia.

2. Hezbollah use of weapons against Israel, was as a result of Israel attacking Lebanon.....remember 2006.

Brian you said, " we don't believe that Hassad has legitimacy," and should a journalist be using the word we?

Brian, I wonder if you will ever have a program of the Israeli use of white phosphorus ordnance in Gaza, which at one time the U.S. declared white phosphorus as being a chemical weaopon?

May. 06 2013 01:47 PM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

“Is Obama Already a Lame Duck? Not quite, but he sure is quacking like one.”

Peggy Noonan - Wall Street Journal - May 4, 2013

May. 06 2013 01:24 PM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Barry Obama's foreign policy ... it's turtles all the way down.

"My opponent’s reasoning reminds me of the [man] who, being asked on what the world stood, replied, `On a tortoise.' But on what does the tortoise stand? `On another tortoise....There are tortoises all the way down." --Joseph Barker (1854)

May. 06 2013 01:13 PM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

IMPEACH this disappointing bench warmer now.

OK, so we have now done the affirmative-action-in-the White House atonement for the sin of slavery. Let's get back to business and leadership. Only 1353 days and 23 hours remaing until he leaves.

May. 06 2013 01:10 PM
The Truth from Becky

I dont want to hear anything about impeaching the President! You had your chance with bush and you didn't do it...getouttahere!

May. 06 2013 11:44 AM
fortleesam from Fort Lee NJ

Susan Page is right in pointing out Israel's defense motivation in destroying offensive missiles destined for Hizballah.US interests are best served via the United Nations -- where the onus is on Russia, the Assad regime's patron, to seek an end to the use of weapons of mass destruction against civilians.

May. 06 2013 10:35 AM


"A majority of Americans wanting us to enter another war is nothing. We have a Constitution. Any act of war w/o congressional approval is an IMPEACHABLE offense."

You are fantasizing...Hoping that Obama commits troops and that this will start an impeachment. Dream on.

The War Powers Act of 1973 gives the President 60 days to commit 'boots on the ground' without Congressional approval or declaration of war. He has another 30 days to get them out. The Act also requires that he notify Congress within 48 hours of the start of deployment.

Rather than pursue and post deliberate misrepresentations, hold your tongue/fingers, do some research and look smarter.

I haven't seen you posting for the impeachment of various congressmen who appear to put some anti-tax pledge to a non-governmental entity above their oaths of office...

May. 06 2013 10:34 AM
Ben from Brooklyn

Sdly, the Brian Lehrer show isn't willing to do the necessary background work to seriously discuss Israel's bombing in Syria.

For more than a decade, Syria has funded and militarized Hezbollah, which is now a phantom state living within Lebanon. (This alone makes any Syrian claim to autonomy of their space dubious at best.) Hexbollah now has their own seats in parliament and an *independent* military.

Although the media pays attention every time Israel and Hezbollah trade rocket fire across the Lebanon border, they ignore the situation in the "off" years. So, for example, large Hezbollah arms depots have exploded in Southern Lebanon. Even though this is supposed to be a UN-observed area, the UN soldiers cannot get access to the sites as they are blocked by Hezbollah troops.

So of course Israel will bomb any weapons shipments. And if the media and UN are ignoring the situation most of the time, then why pay attention now?

May. 06 2013 10:25 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Syria and ISrael have been in a state of war since 1948, so each state has the "right" to bomb the other as long as no peace treaty between them exists.

May. 06 2013 10:21 AM

A majority of Americans wanting us to enter another war is nothing. We have a Constitution. Any act of war w/o congressional approval is an IMPEACHABLE offense.

May. 06 2013 10:18 AM
Joe from nearby

Just because the Syrians decided to have a civil war does not mean we have to send our kids there to die.

May. 06 2013 10:17 AM

Brian -

You managed to use the word 'Republican' and 'thinking' in the same sentence. There's little proof that Republicans do coherent thinking about anything other than money...and even then it's not always coherent.

@Ed from Larchmont

Using this space as your soapbox against elective abortions is an interesting choice. Do you think your stridency finds favor and gains adherents or repulses folks to your point of view? Do you have numbers to support your opinion?

May. 06 2013 10:16 AM

Brian you were almost giddy when the thought of Assad being assassinated.

May. 06 2013 10:16 AM

we have been training and arming the rebels for a year...well the CIA has been.

May. 06 2013 10:15 AM
Fishmael from NYC

This was reported by the BBC and other this morning

May. 06 2013 10:14 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Where are the "anti-war" activists, protesting across from the Syrian mission/consulate/embassies, against the killing of 70,000+ in Syria?

Is it "counter revolutionary"?

May. 06 2013 09:57 AM
Ed from Larchmont

The Kermit Gosnell case is to be decided, the media isn't covering it. He's probably the deadliest mass murderer in U.S. history, which is saying something. Yet the scariest part is that he speaks like an average person. He has one argument in his favor, 'These women asked me to kill their babies, and I did.'

The workers in the clinic have already pleaded guilty to various charges of murder, etc. A few murder charges were dropped for Gosnell because the witnesses couldn't say for sure if a child that twitched or made sounds was really still alive. (Is this what we've come to?)He also kept fetal body parts in jars, in refrigerators, etc.

May. 06 2013 08:35 AM

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