Syria update: Obama trying to enlist John McCain to rally Senate support for strike; Kerry’s ‘dinner with Assad’ photo surfaces
**Written by Doug Powers
Arizona Sen. John McCain’s been somewhat critical of President Obama’s response, or lack thereof, to the situation in Syria. However, Maverick also rarely turns down a coveted opportunity to “reach across the aisle,” so this coming week he’ll more than likely be one of the biggest Senate cheerleaders in order to get a congressional thumbs-up for Obama to enforce the “red line” that Assad crossed some time ago.
Via ABC News:
Former rivals to key allies? That’s what the White House envisions by extending an invitation to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., to visit the White House this afternoon, hoping President Obama’s onetime foe will become a crucial ally to help convince skeptical lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to vote for military intervention in Syria.
McCain will be joined by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at the White House around 2 p.m., aides to the senators said.
After the president announced Saturday that he will seek congressional approval for any military strikes in Syria, Graham and McCain, both foreign policy hawks, could be important pieces to the puzzle as the administration tries to rally support for military action against Syria among war-weary lawmakers and the nation.
Can they come up with a plan “just muscular enough not to get mocked”? We’ll see.
By the way, the Syria response now has a name: “Operation Enduring Hesitation.”
— FloridaJayhawk (@HouseCracka) September 2, 2013
The State Department might try to spin the picture this way:
But it was probably more like this:
Or maybe this:
**Written by Doug Powers
Thursday open thread: Hillary talks gun control in wake of Va. shootings; Pentagon conforms ISIS threat to match WH narrative
August 27, 2015 08:37 AM by Doug Powers
EO signed by Obama in 2009 could doom Hillary’s ‘classified email’ excuses, but at least Biden is smiling
August 26, 2015 05:05 AM by Doug Powers
‘Not a smidgen of corruption’ moment of paws: Lois Lerner used email under dog’s name for IRS business
August 25, 2015 01:46 PM by Doug Powers
Obama torches 20,000 gallons of gas to warn that ‘fossil fuel interests’ are conspiring against ‘clean energy’
August 24, 2015 09:10 PM by Doug Powers
Total coincidence: Biden meets with Fauxcahontas; Hillary interrupts Hamptons vacation to campaign (Sunday open thread)
August 23, 2015 08:29 AM by Doug Powers