Introduction — Sept 8, 2013
Members of America’s governing class are moving almost as one to support Obama in his call for military action against Syria ahead of a key congressional vote this week.
Among those pushing for military action are former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who have both endorsed the president’s call for military intervention in Syria.
They have been joined by former CIA director and retired Army General David Petraeus.
It’s an issue of vital importance, not just to America’s governing class but to also U.S. Jews too.
For Patraeus the reason behind his endorsement of Obama’s stance on Syria is two-fold. Not only is Petraeus a member of America’s governing class, he is also descended from a long line of rabbis.
This little known fact was revealed in 1999 when the general told a Brooklyn yeshiva:
“I feel a tremendous amount in common with you,” the uniformed four-star general told the students.
“I am the oldest son, of the oldest son, of the oldest son — at least five generations, and they were all rabbis.”
It remains to be seen whether congress will support President Obama’s call for military action against Syria. Or whether they will put America’s real interests first. Either way, the issue is forcing members of America’s ruling class to show their true colours.
Former General David Petraeus urges lawmakers to support Obama’s plan for missile attacks on Syria
Daily Mail — Sept 8, 2013
Former CIA director and retired Army General David Petraeus is urging members of Congress to support President Barack Obama’s plan for military intervention in Syria after the country’s president is suspected of launching chemical attacks on his own people, killing more than 1,400, including hundreds of children.
Petraeus says military action in Syria is ‘necessary’ to deter other nations – like Iran and North Korea – from using similar weapons.
While the president could have used military force in Syria without the approval of Congress, he opted to put the decision to a vote. Even if Congress doesn’t approve the president’s plan – which seems likely given the bi-partisan objections to intervening in yet another war in the Middle East – Obama still has the authority to launch an attack.
‘Failure of Congress to approve the president’s request would have serious ramifications not just in the Mideast but around the world,’ Petraeus said in a statement to POLITICO.
President Obama is using gruesome footage that shows the carnage in the suburbs of Demascus following the August 21, attack, when the White House alleges Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launched sarin gas in areas considered to be rebel strongholds.
In one of the more heartbreaking videos, a room is full of what appear to be the lifeless bodies of dozens of children. In another, men are seen foaming at the mouth and having convulsions.
In all, 1,429 people were killed in the vicious attack, including at least 426 children.
Petraeus, who is widely respected amongst lawmakers when it comes to military matters, could help persuade members of Congress to support the White House’s plan for Syria.
‘Failure of Congress to approve the president’s request would have serious ramifications not just in the Mideast but around the world. Military action against the Syrian regime is, thus, necessary not just to deter future use of chemical weapons in Syria and elsewhere, but also to ensure that Iran, North Korea and other would-be aggressors never underestimate the United States’ resolve to take necessary military action when other tools prove insufficient,’ Petraeus said in the statement.
Petraeus served as the U.S. commander for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan under former President George W. Bush and President Obama. He was tapped by Obama to be the director of the CIA in 2011 but was forced to resign after an affair he had with his biographer went public.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates also have publicly supported the president’s call for military intervention in Syria.
On Monday – when Congress is back in session – President Obama will sit for interviews with six different television networks in an attempt to win public support for his plan for Syria. The interviews will be conducted by ABC’s Diane Sawyer, CBS’s Scott Pelley, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Fox’s Chris Wallace, NBC’s Brian Williams and PBS’s Gwen Ifill.
Congress is expected to vote on the matter later this week, as support for the president’s plan continues to dwindle.
President Obama last week canceled a trip to California so he could stay in Washington to continue lobbying for intervention in Syria. The president was scheduled to attend a $32,4000 a plate fundraiser at the home of Marta Kauffman, the co-creator of the NBC sitcom Friends.