It is not surprising in the least that House Speaker John Boehner and other prominent Republican representatives are throwing their support behind Barack Obama. After all, they are ultimately playing for the exact same team, and if the establishment really wants a war in Syria, they will find a way to get a war in Syria…
Brandon Smith, Associate Editor
President Barack Obama urged Congress to take a “prompt” vote authorizing military action against Syria and won support from the two top House Republicans even as two polls found opposition from the American public.
Backing from House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor will help Obama as he makes his case to lawmakers who’ve questioned the administration’s evidence that the Syrian government launched a sarin gas attack last month and whether the U.S. has a vital interest in Syria.
“The use of these weapons has to be responded to, and only the U.S. has the capability,” Boehner, of Ohio, said after a White House meeting called by Obama with congressional leaders and key committee members. “I’m going to support the president’s call for action and I believe my colleagues should support this call for action.”
Cantor, of Virginia, released a separate statement of support. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi also said she’ll back Obama, giving it a bipartisan cast.
While no U.S. president has ever been turned down by Congress when asking to use military force, opposition to Obama’s Syria strike plan crosses party and regional lines.
Almost six in 10 Americans oppose the U.S. conducting unilateral missile strikes against Syria, according to an ABC/Washington Post poll. The opposition drops to 51 percent if other nations such as the U.K. and France participate. Seventy percent oppose supplying weapons to the Syrian rebels.
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