Al Franken is way more hawkish on Syria than Michele Bachmann

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Who would've thought a few years ago that you'd see a headline like this in 2013?
Michele Bachmann wants the U.S. to stay out of Syria and thinks President Obama should at least seek congressional approval before initiating any sort of military strike.

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Al Franken, on the other hand, says "there has to be a response" to reports the Assad regime recently used chemical weapons against civilians.

According to a KARE 11 report, during a speech in St. Paul earlier this week, Franken said, "There is no question that there was a massive chemical attack... Doctors without Borders was there to confirm there were toxins. This is an outrage. It is hideous. There has to be a response."

But Franken, who told MPR this week he doesn't believe the Obama administration needs congressional approval to launch a strike, stopped short of supporting some sort of invasion.

"We are not talking about boots on the ground," he said. "We are talking about probably a cruise missile strike or maybe a strike from bombers, but this cannot be allowed to stand."

Amy Klobuchar, for her part, told Fox 9 yesterday that while she thinks a military response might be appropriate, she hopes it happens in conjunction with America's allies. (Yesterday, reports circulated that the Obama administration is considering "solo Syria strikes.")

From a Fox 9 Q&A with Klobuchar:
Q: I know the big concern right now, the hot-button issue, is what's going on in Syria. The United Nations had a special meeting today with the U.S., Russia, China. How well-versed are you on that situation there and how is this thing going to turn out?

A: Well, actually, I went to the region a few months ago with Sen. Lindsey Graham and others. We went to Turkey, we went to Jordan, and there's just thousands of refugees pouring through that border into Jordan. So, there's a lot of concern there, obviously, with the recent chemical weapon attack. I think what's happening right now is that the president said he hasn't made a decision and they are looking at the evidence. As a former prosecutor, I think you have to look at the evidence and then make sure you're working with our allies before a decision is made. One other thing -- I think it's very important for Minnesotans to know that we do not want to see American troops on the ground in Syria.
Meanwhile, Democratic Reps. Rick Nolan, Collin Peterson, and Tim Walz this week joined Bachmann as members of Minnesota's congressional delegation to sign a letter demanding Obama consult Congress before taking military action.

"Engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in our Constitution," the letter says.

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John Zellie
John Zellie

He can go and fight in Syria anytime he wants to, adios,

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

Amy K also is also for this.

Hmmm, what is the term used?  Oh ya,  "warmonger"

And I'm sure they're doing this for oil...right? 

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Am I the only one waiting for Obama to take off his mask and reveal he is actually GW?

tmaine51
tmaine51

Franken is a complete ASS. If it was  Bush pushing this he would be hollering at the top of his lungs to Impeach him and would not like the idea of war at all. What a crock of you know what from this knothead

Nathan Conley
Nathan Conley

Al is wrong . YOU know this MN. FIERCE libertarian federally, liberal at state/local level.

Hardley Noel
Hardley Noel

Chicken Hawk more like it. wouldn'tever see him standing a post. Now all you Homes can enlist, fight and die for your country in Booty Battery so what's your excuse. Time to get Army Proud.

josh019
josh019

This discussion is proof that most politically active people only care about whos ox is being gored. If it was Bush the people criticizing Obama would be all for bombing Syria. And those of you that are for the bombing now would be all of a sudden very dovish... War is wrong in 99% of cases unless our country is invaded or attacked by a standing army.  All that happens in war is innocents are killed and raped and nobody can deny that - look at all of the poor returing vets that still cant reconcile the horrors they witnessed and in some cases participated in... Fuck anyone thats hawkish on this or any other war.  YOU ARE WRONG!

green23
green23 topcommenter

I agree with Bachmann, but I also know that she will blame Obama for not doing anything. She just isn't a serious person.

I also remember how so many predicted Libya was going to be Vietnam all over again.

The same people who said that we had to remove the dictator Saddam because he gassed his own people are now the ones saying that we shouldn't remove a dictator that gassed his own people. Ask yourself if you're one of those people. If you are, just admit now that you're going to blame the President either way and spare us your righteous indignation.

Kent Erickson
Kent Erickson

Bachmann is still bat shit crazy but she is right on this one. I feel bad for the Syrians being gassed to death, but we don't always need to be the police of the world. It is not our responsibility to always fix other countries problems. We have enough to worry about here in this country. Let's fix our own mess first before we get involved in another countries business by trying to bestow our type of government on another country.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

No surprise. Republocrats thrive and maintain power w/ the continued use of the Military Industrial Complex.

josh019
josh019

Its funny that it takes Bachmann being a "lame duck" to have a sensible opinion on needlessly going to war.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Hopefully you Obama nut cases realize how stupid you've been.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@H8TER @mingtran Yeah when will you Democrats be more like Republicans.  When Osama Bin Laden murdered 3000 Americans Republicans wisely let him live free without bothering to catch him.  Republicans were so focused on Bin Laden they invaded the wrong country and killed millions of people while spending billions of dollars.   Let's get the Republicans back in charge.  We could be invading New Zealand right now to show Syria that complete fucking idiots are back in charge.    

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@noelbarrick  Why don't you try reading what I posted.  Syria funnels money and guns to Hezbollah which attacks our allies.  If America doesn't help its allies soon we won't have allies.   Also I voted for Obama because he is smarter and better than most politicians.  Obama has killed the Somali pirates, Osama, and Qaddafi all with getting minimum  American soldiers killed.  I trust him as commander in chief. 

noelbarrick
noelbarrick

@MicheleBachmann@CinBlueland " It's a good lesson to the world that if you use chemical weapons the USA might come fuck up your shit." Where have I heard that before?

Also, why would we care about Syria, as Russia and Iran's ally? What do they have that is so dangerous to the US? Answer the same for Iran. Russia is the threat, with the nuclear weapons. Yes, lets bomb another insignificant country so we can resume the cold war. Good job in being vocal in your support of this. You maybe should have voted McCain in 08. You certainly share some common ground with him.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@CinBlueland    First off America spends more in charity in Africa than the rest of the planet put together.  Second America has used military intervention in Libya and Somalia under Obama.   Libya is almost identical to Syria.   Somalia is different but still amounts to the US military shooting the citizens of another country.   

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@CinBlueland Syria under Assad is closely aligned with Iran.  They funnel weapons and money to Hezbollah.  Assad is closely connected with Russia.   Toppling Assad's regime at worst would throw Iran and Russia's ally into chaos.  Russia is playing big boy politics with the USA lately.  America needs to give some back.  It's pretty despicable Russia and China keep giving cover to Syria, North Korea, and Myanmar at the UN.  Using this excuse to attack Syria will show Russia that America won't play games at the UN forever.  Maybe in the future this will force Russia and China to negotiate in good faith.   Finally its wrong to use chemical weapons.  It's a good lesson to the world that if you use chemical weapons the USA might come fuck up your shit.   




mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

You need to own yourself

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Thanks again for helping show how utterly retarded Obama nut cases are

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann @H8TER @mingtran Effing Right! Nuke those hobbit bastards! 

Just to ask, and I'm sure I'll love the answer, but what strategic value does Syria hold for us? If it's humanitarian why aren't we blowing up half of Africa to support one side or the other?

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