US evacuating diplomats from Lebanon as Iran threatens embassy in Baghdad

posted at 10:01 am on September 6, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Physics teaches us that every action has an equal and opposite reaction.  That isn’t always true in diplomacy, but it’s usually dangerous to assume it won’t.  Thanks to the beating of war drums over Syria, the US has ordered the evacuation of non-essential diplomatic personnel from yet another country in the Middle East:

The State Department on Friday ordered nonessential U.S. diplomats to leave Lebanon due to security concerns as the Obama administration and Congress debate military strikes on neighboring Syria.

In a new travel warning for Lebanon, the department said it had instructed nonessential staffers to leave Beirut and urged private American citizens to depart Lebanon.

The step had been under consideration since last week when President Barack Obama said he was contemplating military action against the Syrian government for its alleged chemical weapons attack last month that the administration said killed more than 1,400 people near Damascus.

“The potential in Lebanon for a spontaneous upsurge in violence remains,” the department said.

Hezbollah has aligned itself with Bashar al-Assad in Syria and is fighting on the regime’s side.  It’s possible and even probable that American strikes on Syrian military positions will either inadvertently or purposefully target Hezbollah positions.  That would create an opening for Hezbollah in Lebanon to expand the war by attacking American and Western interests in their home country, a step that its patrons in Iran would certainly not hesitate to take.

Speaking of Iran, they’re targeting another American embassy for retaliation, according to messages intercepted by US intel. They may also target US Navay assets near the Straits of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf:

The U.S. has intercepted an order from Iran to militants in Iraq to attack the U.S. Embassy and other American interests in Baghdad in the event of a strike on Syria, officials said, amid an expanding array of reprisal threats across the region.

Military officials have been trying to predict the range of possible responses from Syria, Iran and their allies. U.S. officials said they are on alert for Iran’s fleet of small, fast boats in the Persian Gulf, where American warships are positioned. …

The U.S.is also pulling diplomats out of Adana, Turkey and is recommending that U.S. citizens “defer nonessential travel” to southeastern Turkey.

And the Russians aren’t just sitting around, either:

Three Russian naval ships were sailing toward Syria in the eastern Mediterranean on Friday and a fourth was on its way, the Interfax news agency reported, citing a source at navy headquarters.

Kremlin chief of staff Sergei Ivanov said Thursday that Russia was boosting its naval presence in the Mediterranean Sea, but primarily in order to organize a possible evacuation of Russians from Syria. He did not say how many vessels were being sent.

The prospect of increased Russian naval presence near Syria has stoked fears of a larger international conflict if the United States orders airstrikes over an Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack in a suburb of Damascus, the Syrian capital. The U.S. already has numerous war ships in the Mediterranean.

Two Russian amphibious landing vessels and a reconnaissance ship have passed through the Dardanelles strait, according to the report carried by Interfax, a privately owned agency known for its independent contacts within Russia’s armed forces.

The worst possible outcome from the Syrian civil war is its expansion into a regional war that pulls the US and Russia in on opposite sides.  American intervention all but guarantees that outcome.


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President Obama to address the American people from the White House on Tuesday – live video

The day before 9/11

sentinelrules on September 6, 2013 at 10:04 AM

There’s no Syrian named Archduke Franz Ferdinand is there?

Flange on September 6, 2013 at 10:07 AM

The worst possible outcome from the Syrian civil war is its expansion into a regional war that pulls the US and Russia in on opposite sides. American intervention all but guarantees that outcome.

Yep and it will get shit hot at that juncture. We really need to leave this one go.

Bmore on September 6, 2013 at 10:07 AM

And for everyone who trotted out the idea that when Obama was elected the ‘adults were in charge’, did you happen to know what absolute idiots and morons those ‘adults’ were?

ajacksonian on September 6, 2013 at 10:08 AM

The worst possible outcome from the Syrian civil war is its expansion into a regional war that pulls the US and Russia in on opposite sides. American intervention all but guarantees that outcome.

WWIII started by a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Awesome.

tru2tx on September 6, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Let’s add this for good measure.

Putin, at the G-20 press conference, vowed to assist Syria if attacked.

Obama screwed the pooch.

WisRich on September 6, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Lebanon is totally controlled by Hizballah terrorists… They can do what ever they want in that country and no one inside Lebanon can stop them…

mnjg on September 6, 2013 at 10:11 AM

This is Obomber’s 13 Days Of September moment.

docflash on September 6, 2013 at 10:11 AM

What a mess this petulant child has caused… Can’t wait to hear how he can explain this won Tuesday… Of course I can’t personally watch or listen to him so I’ll have to wait for the input of one of you brave souls who will watch it…

sandee on September 6, 2013 at 10:11 AM

As Beck pointed out a couple of weeks ago, there is a proxy war going on in the Middle East between Russia and the U.S. Mr. Peace Prize is all but guaranteeing it turns into a hot war.

I don’t know, but that Antichrist thing seems more and more imminent.

totherightofthem on September 6, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Can’t wait to hear how he can explain this won Tuesday

oops I mean one not won…

sandee on September 6, 2013 at 10:13 AM

The U.S. already has numerous war ships in the Mediterranean.

Yeah, it’s called the Sixth Fleet. Does anybody in journalism have any understanding of the military before they are allowed to write about it?

Even worse. I bet you that not one person in the White House plotting the deaths of innocent Syrians has any military background at all. Just the theories they picked up in some political science class at an Ivy League university.

Happy Nomad on September 6, 2013 at 10:13 AM

As much as I love this country, I don’t mind watching our craptastic prezzy get slapped around by the Rooskies.

I don’t believe American blood will be shed. It’s just hubris and stupidity and the arrogance of our politicians getting a well deserved fat lip.

Like a drunk at a party he was never invited to in the first place, Obama and Kerry stepped a pile of whoopass they never anticipated.

Where’s Hillary?

patman77 on September 6, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Hey, you guys remember that cowboy Reagan who was going to take us into nuclear war with the Soviets, but instead defeated the Eastern Bloc by creating a strong economy and military? What an awful, awful man he was!

This dude Obama makes even the schmucks look divine in comparison. I’ll take Carter at his point.

NotCoach on September 6, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Think Progress Whip count shows Obama sort of losing badly on Syria at this point. Too many undecideds for my taste, however. No wonder he’s going on television Tuesday night.

totherightofthem on September 6, 2013 at 10:15 AM

The worst possible outcome from the Syrian civil war is its expansion into a regional war that pulls the US and Russia in on opposite sides. American intervention all but guarantees that outcome.

I wouldn’t say ‘guarantees’ because Putin isn’t Obama. But it is a real possibility.

Fenris on September 6, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Obama has so weakened our national defense and alienated so many of our allies that he’s emboldened every enemy and antagonist in the world to stand against us. They no longer fear us and weakness invites war.

Charlemagne on September 6, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Can’t wait to hear how he can explain this won Tuesday

oops I mean one not won…

sandee on September 6, 2013 at 10:13 AM

I love how the timing of the speech came about. Can’t do it on the weekend if you want an audience. Can’t do it on Monday because of Football (Redskins v.Eagles so many in Congress probably have tickets), Wednesday is 9/11 so the speech would be awkward. So Tuesday it is.

Happy Nomad on September 6, 2013 at 10:18 AM

‘But, but, but Iran will fall right after Assad falls and we’ll have free unicorns, rainbows, and teddy bears on the Good Ship Lollipop! We MUST attack Syria…for our OWN good…and for the sake of the children, of course.

- mnjg

Resist We Much on September 6, 2013 at 10:19 AM

This is not going to turn into a hot war, what it does guarantee is that anything Bambi does will be short and ineffectual.

After which he’ll declare a great victory.

PackerBronco on September 6, 2013 at 10:20 AM

So Hillary’s Russian reset button didnt have any batteries in it, I guess…

hillsoftx on September 6, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Jeebus, the hair on my head is standing straight up after reading that, it’s creeping the hell out of me.

This is getting out of control quickly, badly, and Dog Eater is going to address the nation on Tuesday which is going to make everyone shiite their pants and run out for supplies.

This is some eerie shiite, man, seriously.

Bishop on September 6, 2013 at 10:21 AM

WW3 is gonna be so cool. we’ll have a R2P a whole bunch of terrorist then.

t8stlikchkn on September 6, 2013 at 10:21 AM

I know that not everyone here is a Christian and/or believes the Bible, but now that Lebanon is being mentioned I think it’s about time some people look up Isaiah 17 and 23. Isaiah 17 prophesies the destruction of Damascus and Isaiah 23 the destruction of Tyre and Sidon (Lebanon).

I’ve got to be honest, I never thought the U.S. would be the one.

MobileVideoEngineer on September 6, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Can’t do it on Monday because of Football (Redskins v.Eagles…

Happy Nomad on September 6, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Why not?

‘My fellow Americans,

I come tonight to speak to you about a horrible situation in Syria and our role in the international community, but first, I must address an issue of much greater importance.

I ordered this address tonight in order to preempt Monday Night Football in which the NFL would have acted stupidly.

Let me be clear: ‘If I had a son, he’d never play for a racist team called the ‘R-word.’

Resist We Much on September 6, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Obama to give yet another condescending rambling apologia on Tuesday night...

Just in time for the Patriot Day celebrations…

Or, as they say out there in Araby…”Death to the Infidels Day!”

But…isn’t that every day out there?

coldwarrior on September 6, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Wicked smaht powah!

WW3 is gonna be so cool. we’ll have a R2P a whole bunch of terrorist then.

t8stlikchkn on September 6, 2013 at 10:21 AM

At least it will take care of that pesky discouraged workers problem.

Punchenko on September 6, 2013 at 10:24 AM

The worst possible outcome from the Syrian civil war is its expansion into a regional war that pulls the US and Russia in on opposite sides. American intervention all but guarantees that outcome.

While we bomb Assad’s assets, Russia will be bombing the rebels.

Akzed on September 6, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Obama to give yet another condescending rambling apologia on Tuesday night…

Just in time for the Patriot DayNational Day of Service celebrations…

Or, as they say out there in Araby…”Death to the Infidels Day!”

But…isn’t that every day out there?

coldwarrior on September 6, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Don’t hit me. LOL

Key West Reader on September 6, 2013 at 10:25 AM

“The potential in Lebanon for a spontaneous upsurge in violence remains,” the department said.

“Spontaneous”?? LOL. Another Hah-vahd trained master of English, no doubt.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 6, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Resist We Much on September 6, 2013 at 10:22 AM

To be true to the tradition of naming teams and including the town or city from which they hail….that’d properly be Savage [Maryland] Redskins.

The Skins moved to Savage, Maryland years and years ago. After they left RFK Stadium, in DC…totally unsafe neighborhood, you know.

coldwarrior on September 6, 2013 at 10:26 AM

So Hillary’s Russian reset button didnt have any batteries in it, I guess…

hillsoftx on September 6, 2013 at 10:20 AM

She nicked them for other use.

OldEnglish on September 6, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Those folks on the Nobel Peace Prize Committee can really pick em…

PatriotRider on September 6, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Thanks for WWIII Obummer.

vcferlita on September 6, 2013 at 10:27 AM

So Hillary’s Russian reset button didnt have any batteries in it, I guess…

hillsoftx on September 6, 2013 at 10:20 AM

No. It was an “Overcharged!” (as in “about to blow”) button and it worked perfectly.

Peregruzka!!

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 6, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Why not?

Resist We Much on September 6, 2013 at 10:22 AM

I hadn’t thought about that. Doing it during Monday Night Football would give him the opportunity to beat up Dan Snyder for not changing the name from Redskins to something more politically correct. So while he’s advocating killing Syrians because of his ego, he also provides a built-in distraction!

A wag the dog within a wag the dog!!!!!!

Happy Nomad on September 6, 2013 at 10:28 AM

OldEnglish on September 6, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Tight shoulder muscles, right?

coldwarrior on September 6, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Nothing like waiting 5 days to address the nation as wars and rumors of war heats up. He may not be the Antichrist but he definitely is anti-Christ. POS! !!

AH_C on September 6, 2013 at 10:31 AM

This gets worse by the day. I really thought the idiot would back off. There is no cure for stupid.

bopbottle on September 6, 2013 at 10:32 AM

OK now he is comparing WWII and our aid to the Brits. Does he NOT realize that Syria isn’t an ally of the US? Also now bringing up Kosovo in the 90′s?

I feel like I’m watching the Gong Show.

::::::::::::GONG:::::::::::

Key West Reader on September 6, 2013 at 10:32 AM

coldwarrior on September 6, 2013 at 10:29 AM

That too. :)

OldEnglish on September 6, 2013 at 10:33 AM

This is getting out of control quickly, badly, and Dog Eater is going to address the nation on Tuesday which is going to make everyone shiite their pants and run out for supplies.

This is some eerie shiite, man, seriously.

Bishop on September 6, 2013 at 10:21 AM

My thoughts exactly. And has this rat-eared bastard ever given a speech that rallied the nation around to his position? The West Point speech was supposed to do that and it was widely panned by everybody but Chris Matthews who would be gushing over a recitation of the phonebook.

I can’t imagine that Tuesday’s speech is going to go well for the bastard. He won’t deliver it with the passion required. He is a liar that nobody trusts anymore. He’ll come off as arrogant, detached, angry at dissent, and preachy.

Happy Nomad on September 6, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Oops!

“One U.S. official who has been briefed on the options on Syria said he believed the White House would seek a level of intensity ‘just muscular enough not to get mocked’ but not so devastating that it would prompt a response from Syrian allies Iran and Russia.

” ‘They are looking at what is just enough to mean something, just enough to be more than symbolic,’ he said.”

obladioblada on September 6, 2013 at 10:34 AM

The worst possible outcome from the Syrian civil war is its expansion into a regional war that pulls the US and Russia in on opposite sides. American intervention all but guarantees that outcome.

President Barack Hussein Obama’s Legacy…WWIII

If anyone is left over to record events.

workingclass artist on September 6, 2013 at 10:36 AM

I’m going to China tomorrow for two weeks. Hope it doesn’t turn out badly.

Charlemagne on September 6, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Bishop on September 6, 2013 at 10:21 AM

I’m right there with you, brother. This jackwagon is delusional, narcissistic, and arrogant.

Never a good combination.

kingsjester on September 6, 2013 at 10:37 AM

I note that the three leaders who are keen to start a war are all making a mess of their own country. I refer, of course, to Obama, Cameron, and Hollande.

I wonder why.

OldEnglish on September 6, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Our military could take out every single country in that region simultaneously if they wanted to. I’m against intervention because I don’t want to stop muslims from being killed by assad, not because I’m scared of losing.

Ronnie on September 6, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Jeebus, the hair on my head is standing straight up after reading that, it’s creeping the hell out of me.

This is getting out of control quickly, badly, and Dog Eater is going to address the nation on Tuesday which is going to make everyone shiite their pants and run out for supplies.

This is some eerie shiite, man, seriously.

Bishop on September 6, 2013 at 10:21 AM
+++++++++++++++++

I work at the Baghdad Embassy…think how we feel.

JetBlast on September 6, 2013 at 10:42 AM

…I can’t imagine that Tuesday’s speech is going to go well for the bastard. He won’t deliver it with the passion required. He is a liar that nobody trusts anymore. He’ll come off as arrogant, detached, angry at dissent, and preachy.

Happy Nomad on September 6, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Well, if it makes passing his domestic agenda less likely, then I guess that’s something.

Fenris on September 6, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Think Progress Whip count shows Obama sort of losing badly on Syria at this point. Too many undecideds for my taste, however. No wonder he’s going on television Tuesday night.

totherightofthem on September 6, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Senate looks possible, still. Right now, Reid has 7 members of his caucus that are leaning or definitely no. And there are 7 GOPers committed to yes. He needs pretty much the entire rest of his caucus. And he can’t afford any GOP defections from that 7.

See here for details.

BTW, the 7 GOPers in support are

Corker-TN
Flake-AZ
McCain-AZ
Ayotte-NH
Graham-SC
Kirk-IL
Burr-NC
Chambliss-GA

Fill their voicemail boxes if this is important to you.

Chris of Rights on September 6, 2013 at 10:47 AM

So we have the ass@ssination of Archduke Ferdinand.

Nazi Germany invading Poland.

And a Fluking dumb arse talking about red lines!

NotCoach on September 6, 2013 at 10:48 AM

I work at the Baghdad Embassy…think how we feel.

JetBlast on September 6, 2013 at 10:42 AM

God Bless you, stay safe.

Key West Reader on September 6, 2013 at 10:48 AM

I work at the Baghdad Embassy…think how we feel.

JetBlast on September 6, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Oh, good Lord, that’s awful. Stay as safe as you can. I’ll pray for you all.

totherightofthem on September 6, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Ronnie on September 6, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Syria is a small country…

It is not that I am afraid…I am concerned.

What happens next?

You can wade into a bar, and kick the butts of every bad boy in the place…fine…but what of the bad boys assembling in the parking lot outside? Wading into a fight outnumbered, already bruised, and tired, against bad boys who are well motivated and willing to get bruised to make sure they are standing up in the morning…well…that is a concern…unless one is totally off their rocker.

1.6 billion moslems…1 billion who are highly motivated.

316 million Americans. Most of whom want no part of this thing.

1 million, give or take, Americans in uniform, combat power, across all services…across the globe, spread thin already, bruised, already, and tired, already.

Yes, if the go order is sent out, they will perform as they have for generations…and they will do their best to make sure every sortie counts, and all munitions are on target…

But what happens the week after?

The month after?

The road up…our march to Baghdad was classic, well executed, magnificent. It was.

The following week? The following month? The following years? Way to many casualties, unacceptable deaths, horrific lifetime injuries to way too many…for what?

And the bandwagon to do it again…

Utterly sickening.

coldwarrior on September 6, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Chambliss-GA

Fill their voicemail boxes if this is important to you.

Chris of Rights on September 6, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Chambliss is an ass, he won’t be changing his mind, good riddins to him.

Bmore on September 6, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Here, everyone here at HA needs to email or call the appropriate ones. No excuses, its easy.

Bmore on September 6, 2013 at 10:58 AM

When Obama loses this he’s done. So are many who vote for this. The big question is will he go ahead anyway? That will surely drag under many of his supporters in 2014.

I wish we would help the Kurds, they seem to be the best use of our resources. The least we can do is help the tens of thousand refugees in Kurdish Iraq. The money can be pretty assured to go toward relief which can’t be said of any funds or supplies going into Syria.

Rancher on September 6, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Bumbling fools.

losarkos on September 6, 2013 at 11:06 AM

I wish we would help the Kurds, they seem to be the best use of our resources. The least we can do is help the tens of thousand refugees in Kurdish Iraq.

Rancher on September 6, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Yep. The Kurds were our only half-decent allies in Iraq. But Barky won’t help any Kurds since that would anger his islamist buddies in Turkey.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 6, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Iran has weighed in with this “friendly” communication:
===
As Congress debates whether to support President Obama’s call for a limited strike against Syria for the alleged use of chemical weapons, Iran is vowing to back Bashar al-Assad’s regime to the hilt and threatening to unleash terrorism should the U.S. strike.

Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Forces, Wednesday told the Assembly of Experts — the body that chooses the supreme leader — that “[w]e will support Syria to the end.”

And in an unprecedented statement, a former Iranian official has warned of mass abductions and brutal killings of American citizens around the world and the rape and killing of one of Obama’s daughters should the United States attack Syria.

Alireza Forghani, the former governor of southern Iran’s Kish Province, threw down the gauntlet last week. Forghani is an analyst and strategy specialist in the supreme leader’s camp and closely aligned with Mehdi Taeb, who heads the regime’s Ammar Strategic Base, a radical think thank, and thus speaks with the blessing of the Islamic regime.

“Hopefully Obama will be pigheaded enough to attack Syria, and then we will see the … loss of U.S. interests [through terrorist attacks],” he threatened. “In just 21 hours [after the attack on Syria], a family member of every U.S. minister [department secretary], U.S. ambassadors, U.S. military commanders around the world will be abducted. And then 18 hours later, videos of their amputation will be spread [around the world].
===

It is almost if Iran WANTS us to go kick their collective mullah butts.

SunSword on September 6, 2013 at 11:11 AM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 6, 2013 at 11:09 AM

The Kurds…the largest ethnicity in the world without a country to call their own.

And everybody around them hates them with passion.

Been that way for centuries.

coldwarrior on September 6, 2013 at 11:12 AM

The worst possible outcome from the Syrian civil war is its expansion into a regional war that pulls the US and Russia in on opposite sides.

But Glenn Beck is a nut job for worrying about WWIII.

/sarc

rbj on September 6, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Three Russian naval ships were sailing toward Syria

Nice touch using the Russian Navy pics from the Dem convention on the front page.

agmartin on September 6, 2013 at 11:16 AM

SunSword on September 6, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Posturing…just Iran being Iran. Don’t have to take them seriously. Not at all. And didn’t Barry say that they were but a tiny country, no threat to the United States?

When the Grand Ayatollah Ali Wanndu Ishafsumfun starts talking…then we can get just a little bit concerned.

Listened to a couple “‘Merica!” type folks this morning at breakfast…want to go out there and kick some righteous butt…not a one of them ever served anywhere at anytime…but golly dammit they sure were enthusiastic.

Barry’s War…his third one, so far, is it? Fourth? I mean, he’s never been president before. He is still learning. Got to give him some slack, right?

coldwarrior on September 6, 2013 at 11:18 AM

coldwarrior on September 6, 2013 at 10:55 AM

OK, but the point is we could wipe them all out from the sky, if we were so inclined, which we’re not, as you said. I’m just saying I prefer standing back and watching muslims kill muslims.

Ronnie on September 6, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Senate Committee members who voted for Syria Intervention received a lot of campaign money from defense contractors…waaay more then those who voted against it.

McCain – $176,000

Rand Paul – $17,000

*facepalm*

workingclass artist on September 6, 2013 at 11:20 AM

All of you should be thinking about our Marines/Navy that are sitting off the coast of Syria and in the Persian Gulf and refrain from saying how cool it would be to see WW3 started by their CIC. My son is on one of those ships. Please show them and the families a little respect.

USMCmom on September 6, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Barky won’t help any Kurds since that would anger his islamist buddies in Turkey.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 6, 2013 at 11:09 AM

That was before the Kurds started fighting al Qaeda linked al-Nusra:

In northern Syria, “Turkey has the choice between an autonomous entity governed by the PYD or an entity that will be taken over by al-Qaeda-affiliated groups,” Larrabee said by telephone from Munich, Germany, on Aug. 27. “They began to realize the real problem is the al-Nusra Front and other affiliated groups.”

Rancher on September 6, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Israel will attack Iran sooner or later, it can’t allow Iran to get nukes. This war is cumming whether we attack Assad or not.

Rancher on September 6, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Ronnie on September 6, 2013 at 11:19 AM

They’ve been doing it since Mohammed was a perv…trying to kill each other.

Maybe, someday, soon, they will figure out how to be far far more efficient at it.

coldwarrior on September 6, 2013 at 11:24 AM

WILSON DEMOCRAT 1917 DECLARED WAR ON GERMANY WW1
ROOSEVELT DEMOCRAT 1941 DECLARED WAR ON JAPAN WW2
TRUMAN DEMOCRAT 1950 DECLARED WAR ON NORTH KOREA
KENNEDY DEMOCRAT 1961 INCREASED TROOP NUMBER IN VIETNAM TO 170,000
JOHNSON DEMOCRAT 1968 INCREASED TROOP NUMBER IN VIETNAM TO 537,000

Update:
OBAMA DEMOCRAT STARTED WW3 SEPTEMBER 11, 2013

timberline on September 6, 2013 at 11:27 AM

I work at the Baghdad Embassy…think how we feel.

JetBlast on September 6, 2013 at 10:42 AM

My prayers are with you. Be safe.

njrob on September 6, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Boy, that escalated quickly. I mean, this is getting out of hand, fast.

GadsdenRattlers on September 6, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Apparently Putin lined up more support for his position then Obama lined up for his at the Summit.

I guess Obama was wee wee’d up about that.

workingclass artist on September 6, 2013 at 11:42 AM

OldEnglish on September 6, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Tight shoulder muscles, right?

coldwarrior on September 6, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Hmmmm.

slickwillie2001 on September 6, 2013 at 11:50 AM

USMCmom on September 6, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Where do you see anyone saying how cool it would be to start WWIII?

njrob on September 6, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Apparently Putin lined up more support for his position then Obama lined up for his at the Summit.

workingclass artist on September 6, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Because Putin’s position is more defensible than the rat-eared’s “plan.” And sadly, more trustworthy.

The fact of the matter is that Obama is advocating for a quagmire with mission creep even before the first missile is launched. The immorality of the “plan” aside, this is insane. And Obama is essentially telling the American people that he knows better than they do so we should just trust him. Even as “limited proportional response lasting hours not days” silently morphs into “two days of airstrikes with an expanded target list and the use of B-2s and B-52s)

Happy Nomad on September 6, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Hmmmm.

slickwillie2001 on September 6, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Only the older models.

Newer ones are quiet.

[Don't ask. I'm a sexegenarian, I know these things.]

coldwarrior on September 6, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Senate looks possible, still. Right now, Reid has 7 members of his caucus that are leaning or definitely no. And there are 7 GOPers committed to yes. He needs pretty much the entire rest of his caucus. And he can’t afford any GOP defections from that 7.

See here for details.

BTW, the 7 GOPers in support are

Corker-TN
Flake-AZ
McCain-AZ
Ayotte-NH
Graham-SC
Kirk-IL
Burr-NC
Chambliss-GA

Fill their voicemail boxes if this is important to you.

Chris of Rights on September 6, 2013 at 10:47 AM

I predict that Obamacare waivers for states and districts will be put on the table.

slickwillie2001 on September 6, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Apparently Putin lined up more support for his position then Obama lined up for his at the Summit.

I guess Obama was wee wee’d up about that.

workingclass artist on September 6, 2013 at 11:42 AM

bo keeps getting pwned over and over and over again by putin. it’s astounding

gracie on September 6, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Gee, just think how much fun we all would be having if Hillary was still Secretary and answering questions about Benghazi and Syria before it all hits the fan.

On another note, wouldn’t it be interesting if the Fumbler-in-Chief were to institute a naval blockade of Syrian ports and challenge Putin to run it? Hmm…

HiJack on September 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM

WILSON DEMOCRAT 1917 DECLARED WAR ON GERMANY WW1
ROOSEVELT DEMOCRAT 1941 DECLARED WAR ON JAPAN WW2
TRUMAN DEMOCRAT 1950 DECLARED WAR ON NORTH KOREA
KENNEDY DEMOCRAT 1961 INCREASED TROOP NUMBER IN VIETNAM TO 170,000
JOHNSON DEMOCRAT 1968 INCREASED TROOP NUMBER IN VIETNAM TO 537,000

Update:
OBAMA DEMOCRAT STARTED WW3 SEPTEMBER 11, 2013

timberline on September 6, 2013 at 11:27 AM

To be fair:

REAGAN REPUBLICAN 1983 INVADED GRANADA

I know, it’s not much, but it’s what the libtards will spew to show that Republican presidents are every bit as much the war-mongers that Donk presidents are. /

HiJack on September 6, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Maybe Obama just wants to start WWIII so he can be all over the history books in the future. He just wants people to know who he is perhaps.

GardenGnome on September 6, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Senate Committee members who voted for Syria Intervention received a lot of campaign money from defense contractors…waaay more then those who voted against it.

McCain – $176,000

Rand Paul – $17,000

*facepalm*

workingclass artist on September 6, 2013 at 11:20 AM

FLASHBACK: Odious To The Nose Of Liberty: ‘Lawmakers Who Upheld NSA Phone Spying Received Double the Defense Industry Cash’

Treasonous bâtards.

Resist We Much on September 6, 2013 at 12:14 PM

FLASHBACK: Odious To The Nose Of Liberty: ‘Lawmakers Who Upheld NSA Phone Spying Received Double the Defense Industry Cash’

Treasonous bâtards.

Always follow the money. It reveals who truly runs the country. Always has, always will.

HiJack on September 6, 2013 at 12:27 PM

All of you should be thinking about our Marines/Navy that are sitting off the coast of Syria and in the Persian Gulf and refrain from saying how cool it would be to see WW3 started by their CIC. My son is on one of those ships. Please show them and the families a little respect.

USMCmom on September 6, 2013 at 11:21 AM

I hate to say this, really I do, but your son and his shipmates would be considered by our fledgling president and his self-serving Sec of State to be nothing more than collateral damage. People in the military would do well to make peace with their Maker, because they are going to be used as pawns to establish nothing less than a long-sought global empire. The Bible predicted it eons ago, and here we are rushing to confirm it.

HiJack on September 6, 2013 at 12:33 PM

IF Congress says “no”, Democrat O is off the hook. “Hey, I tried…..” More nonsense from the Democrat with no sense.

Putin called his bluff, Want to guess who will win this one? Wonder how long it will take our MSM to realize that THEY have major responsibility for all future problems. THEY refused to check out Democrat Obama; THEY refused to hire anyone with a brain; THEY refuse to see the truth even when it hits them square on.

My spouse said over four years ago that Democrat O didn’t want’ the job – he just likes the perks. Well he owns all of it now. Called responsibility, called accountability. Never did he expect that he would have to make REAL decisions. Since he went through school after 1980, he wasn’t taught history. Man, we could be in a very bad place, very soon. Wonder how much more golf this Democrat president will play to escape? Maybe he’ll play cards like he did w/ the Benghazi murders.

MN J on September 6, 2013 at 2:50 PM

What has this fool of a leader done to the world? He has just about finished off this country–time to spread his misery around I guess. Look out world!

jazzuscounty on September 6, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Surely Putin will order his ships to stop and hold position while we wait for Barry’s speech? maybe Assad and al qaeda… oops, I mean the rebels, will all stop and wait as well.

God help us.

rightConcept on September 6, 2013 at 4:20 PM

There’s no Syrian named Archduke Franz Ferdinand is there?

Flange on September 6, 2013 at 10:07 AM

“Guns of September” – pre-order your copy now!

AesopFan on September 7, 2013 at 1:42 AM