Rubio, Radel, Nelson weigh in on call for Congressional approval before Syria action

In this July 11, 2013 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

In this July 11, 2013 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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Congressman Trey Radel address those in attendance during a 'Listening Session' at Collier Commission Chambers in Naples on Monday August 5, 2013.

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William DeShazer/Staff Congressman Trey Radel address those in attendance during a "Listening Session" at Collier Commission Chambers in Naples on Monday August 5, 2013.

Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson, and Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fort Myers, released statements today after President Barack Obama called for approval from Congress before authorizing military action in Syria.

“I agree with the decision to seek Congressional approval before taking military action in Syria. And I believe Congress should return to Washington immediately and begin to debate this issue,” Rubio said. “The United States should only engage militarily when it is pursuing a clear and attainable national security goal. Military action taken simply to send a message or save face does not meet that standard.”

Nelson said he supports military action in Syria immediately.

"The president wants to put to rest any doubt the American people may have. I support the president's decision. But as far as I’m concerned, we should strike in Syria today," he said in a statement. "The use of chemical weapons was inhumane, and those responsible should be forced to suffer the consequences."

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Radel said that before making a judgement call, he intends to return to Washington D.C. for “extensive classified briefings.”

"The administration needs to make its case, putting #AmericaFirst. They will also need to answer questions on the national security threat facing America, how we prevent our troops from getting dragged into a civil war, and how we are going to prevent the loss of American lives,” Radel said. "Finally, the Administration must lay out a plan, the end goal and an exit strategy."

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Konfuzius writes:

“The United States should only engage militarily when it is pursuing a clear and attainable national security goal."

The best I ever heard from Marco Rubio.
In the moment the national security is not in danger. Never from Assad. Maybe from the Talibans. It was very smart from great President Barack Obama to involve congress.
I am happy that he is the President in this days. What a fantastic decision of the majority of the American people. Now we will see how smart the lawmaker are. AND HOW RESPONSIBLE.

WMissow writes:

Can't get any sleep Fuzi? 4:22 a.m.

Now Obama is trying to put the BLAME on Congress no matter what they do. England, Germany and Russia has already given him, his walking papers. So in order to pass the blame, as he always does, he has handed off his "decision" of to congress.

So goes world support!

WMissow writes:

The truth here is that Assad does not fear the United States nor respect Obama. If he did he would not have used chemical weapons on his people and not, even, attempt to hide the fact that he did.

With that in mind what will Iran do next? The Mid East is thumbing its nose at Obama not because his sign of strength but because they know how out of his league he is.

Those are the facts the world and its leaders do not respect nor fear our inept president, blame someone else, president!

26yearsonmarco writes:

I heard some things on the news that I did not know and was shocked to hear.

First, Assad's wife is English, and I assume a Christian, and the Assad Regime has the full support of the Syrian Christians.

Again, the question arises, "Who the "H" are we supporting????"

Konfuzius writes:

in response to 26yearsonmarco:

I heard some things on the news that I did not know and was shocked to hear.

First, Assad's wife is English, and I assume a Christian, and the Assad Regime has the full support of the Syrian Christians.

Again, the question arises, "Who the "H" are we supporting????"

A wonderful example how comprehensive some so very well educated Americans are informed.
I am happy that the American lawmakers are in charge. President Barack Obama made a great case study for the next political generations working effective in a democracy. Bully Bush time is over. For ever. Even a young guy like Marco Rubio knows his responsibility. Different to this two bloggers above.

WMissow writes:

Let's face it Obama "chickened out" when England gave its non support vote.

He now needs someone else to put the blame on if things do not go well.

My feeling to is that Assad, his followers and the revolutionists, all, should be removed from the face of the earth. The sooner the better. They all hate Americans and now matter which side wins, we will still have to face that as fact.

RayPray writes:

in response to Konfuzius:

“The United States should only engage militarily when it is pursuing a clear and attainable national security goal."

The best I ever heard from Marco Rubio.
In the moment the national security is not in danger. Never from Assad. Maybe from the Talibans. It was very smart from great President Barack Obama to involve congress.
I am happy that he is the President in this days. What a fantastic decision of the majority of the American people. Now we will see how smart the lawmaker are. AND HOW RESPONSIBLE.

"In the moment the national security is not in danger."

>>> Not true!

>>> Today our security is in serious danger, not from roaches like Assade or Morsi, but from our autocratic panjandrum, deploying NSA and IRS to spy and intimidate innocent citizens, from droning to obliteration unlucky ragheads and US citizens, never tried or convicted of anything exceptfrom using Free Speech rights to criticize The Great OBAMA, Moron Holder or Sancho Panza Kinnock Biden.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to WMissow:

Let's face it Obama "chickened out" when England gave its non support vote.

He now needs someone else to put the blame on if things do not go well.

My feeling to is that Assad, his followers and the revolutionists, all, should be removed from the face of the earth. The sooner the better. They all hate Americans and now matter which side wins, we will still have to face that as fact.

You are to 100% right.
Assad chartered 10000 container ships. Put all the troops from Mid East in And will land in New Jersey as soon as possible. America is in danger. Canada from the North, Mexico from the south and even the Bahamas sign an agreement to support the invasion of ASSAD. OMAHA BEACH IS SOUTH OF ATLANTIC CITY AND JUNO AND GOLD ARE NORTH.
America has a national security problem.
Thanks god, great President Barack Obama has his priority list.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to RayPray:

"In the moment the national security is not in danger."

>>> Not true!

>>> Today our security is in serious danger, not from roaches like Assade or Morsi, but from our autocratic panjandrum, deploying NSA and IRS to spy and intimidate innocent citizens, from droning to obliteration unlucky ragheads and US citizens, never tried or convicted of anything exceptfrom using Free Speech rights to criticize The Great OBAMA, Moron Holder or Sancho Panza Kinnock Biden.

Interesting thinking.
With this opinion you can be qualified to be chancellor of Germany or President of France.
Never King of Switzerland. Who cares.

WMissow writes:

Klaus keeps on struggling to prove his point.

Bahamas...... Maybe they will support with an their Olympic team or a few cocoanuts.

Mexico.... They can use Holder's illegal guns to support Obama.

Best laugh I have had in a long time.

Konfuzius writes:

All I read is you are running out of arguments. Like usual Islandeye!

WMissow writes:

Klaus,

Today is the first of the month. Your rent payment is due.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to WMissow:

Klaus,

Today is the first of the month. Your rent payment is due.

Right! And paid!

WMissow writes:

Thank you!

WizeOlMarco writes:

Unlike past Presidents B Clinton and GW Bush, President Obama like President HW Bush (1991 Gulf War) follows the Constitution protocol and submits for Congressional approval. That's to be respected.

WMissow writes:

Not the whole truth.... that was the last thing on his mind when he sent the ships into the Mediterranean.

He only pulled back his so called decision when England failed to back his initiative.

Kerry. old splinter in the butt, Jane Fonda worshiper, the day before was gung hoe on what Obama wanted to do only followed, the next day, by an attempt to save face with more lies.

The last thing this country needs is Obama playing Commander and Chief in a war situation. That scare the B.J. out of me and should scare everyone else.

He is now looking for congress to blame and a way to get out of the terrible situation he is in.

Lies and blaming others is all this administration is good for.

His holy ineptness can not make a presentation without at least a dozen I did this and I did that and I made a decision and I, I, I.

Yes, the other presidents you correctly listed followed the right path, this guy plays by Chicago rules until he gets himself into a tight place forcing him to look for someone else to blame.

Konfuzius writes:

What is wrong with Chicago rules?
Since the days of Al Capone they shaped America.

Konfuzius writes:

"The truth here is that Assad does not fear the United States nor respect."

Why shall he? His big brother Putin is on his side. Great President Barack Obama is not Putin's friend at all. And the valance between the USA and their allies is in the moment a little bit weak. It is hard to find a concept to handle the Mid East problems. We all can be happy that Israel is strong. However - we will see how congress decide.

August8 writes:

He is "transforming this country", let him simmer in his own sauce, it's delectable.
No help for this pos !!!
He is neutered !!!

26yearsonmarco writes:

Someone once said:

You are known by the friends you keep:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/k...

WMissow writes:

It is absolutely incredible that we have these leaders who appear to be suckered in, repeatedly, by our enemies.

Prior to his re-election we had Obama kissing the butt of Putin and in return he gets his own butt handed back to him with Snowden and now with Syria.

In addition, as you point out, the kiss butt that Kerry was doing with Assad shows his ineptness, complete unawareness and misunderstanding of other's political beliefs and honesty.

One wonders how much undisclosed damage both of these babes in the woods are capable of and have, already, done.

What a sad showing for our country.

26yearsonmarco writes:

"One wonders how much undisclosed damage both of these babes in the woods are capable of and have, already, done."

The first people capable of disclosing this type of information are "insiders" like Snowden with the guts to come forward, but we all know how it ended for him.

The last "insiders" we can count on are the Politicos we elect from both parties, who only have their best interests at heart, and to "H" with We the People.

26yearsonmarco writes:

These two "Spring Chickens" need to read this article:

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/repor...

marco97 writes:

Remember when Reagan put a rocket in Kadafi's living room, I don't think he asked anyone and it kept Kadafi from bombing anymore planes with Americans on it.

August8 writes:

Yep, Rubio voes 'NO', Nelson 'YES', what else do you need to know?
Anyone that backs this 'SPINELESS IDIOT' are crazy, what a bum !!!

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