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September 8th, 2013
12:39 PM ET

Should President Obama act in Syria without public and Congressional support?

Crossfire hosts Stephanie Cutter and Van Jones show that even hosts on the same side can disagree as they examine the importance of public opinion and congressional approval for a strike in Syria and President Obama's agenda.


Filed under: State of the Union • Stephanie Cutter • Syria • Van Jones
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  1. shane

    " a blow to the US authority all over this world."

    since when did we have authority all over this world.
    I voted for Obama, but if he starts this war against the wishes of the people and congress, then he should be removed from office.

    none of our leaders were elected to be world leaders. the were elected to be US leaders. we are not responsible for every nation on earth.

    there is no good outcome or benefit from US involvement in Syria

    September 9, 2013 at 9:59 am | Reply
  2. DP

    This is very tough decision for any president to make. Also, I would like for President to seek congress and public approval.

    September 9, 2013 at 9:46 am | Reply
  3. JerryOH

    If the President orders war actions without approval from Congress and the House of Representatives and against the opinion of the people. Would that constitute dictatorship.

    September 9, 2013 at 3:58 am | Reply
  4. C

    Ugh, please. Hated SE Cupp on MSNBC. Newt....what an idiot. CNN is becoming a moron palace.

    September 9, 2013 at 1:24 am | Reply
  5. patrick rice

    absolutely not. he was elected to represent the people and not himself. if he rebuffs the people and congress of this great nation then he has crossed the red line

    September 9, 2013 at 12:52 am | Reply
  6. Janice

    This is the one and only time I have ever gone along with what I feel he SHOULD do go in there and let them know that we will not take that, we told them no and they did it anyway if we back down they will come over here and do the same thing they have been doing .Do you fools want them to gas your children and grandchildren? I don't think so, so get your act together and hate Obama but don't kill your own children because you hate Obama I don't like him at all but this is no time to SHOW HIM! Wake up people this is your life on the line and mine. Don't do this out of spite.

    September 8, 2013 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  7. Stan

    No I think the president is doing the right thing envolving congress and listening to public opinion. We have been in war to long lets try some thing new.

    September 8, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Reply
  8. Stan

    No I think the president is doing the right thing envolving congress and listening to public opinion. We have been in war to long lets try some thing new

    September 8, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Reply
  9. Simplefaith

    President Obama has a tough one to call. Yes, it is horrible for Syria uses chemical weapons to kill its own people, but no one wants to get involved. Assaud does not care about is people, but it America gets involved without backing from those in the region especially, the President has his hands tide. We are war weary. My son has nearly lost his eyesight from Iraq time We need support from other countries to pick up the gauntlet.

    September 8, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  10. ztarbod

    The only reason we are talking about an attack on Syria is because President Obama talked himself into a corner. I am not sure why he feels the need to fire missiles to get out of the corner. The morality arguments being put forward should been used more than a year ago, now they just don't make sense to the situation.

    September 8, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  11. Catherine

    Van Jones keeps calling out Republicans for their hypocrisy in saying 'No' to Congressional authorization for intervention in Syria. But who's he kidding? The hypocrisy is just as blatant among some Democrats. The idea of uber-lefties like Barbara Boxer, Al Franken and Chuck Schumer lining up to vote 'Yes' for war in Syria is hilarious. Van knows full well that if a Republican president were in the White House, those three would be aghast at the prospect of involvement in yet another Middle Eastern quagmire. Own up to that, Mr. Jones. Good luck with the new Crossfire!

    September 8, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Reply
    • Janice

      That is politics for you, they think of themselves first and the money they make when there is a war, don't do this to make money, do this to put a stop to this NOW and stop the damn hate, or we could just give our Country to all the Muslims and let them take over the world . Then there will be nothing but hate forever, and a lot of dead Americans. Are you an American that wants to see America gone?

      September 8, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Reply
  12. Jerry Schill

    Where's Hillary??
    Unless I missed it I have heard nothing from her regarding her position on the Syrian situation. It would seem that after being Secretary of State for four years she should be making a valuable contribution to the Administration policy.

    It would also be useful to those of us who are considering supporting her in 2016 to have some insight as to what her mid-east policy would be . Because there is little doubt that another "red line" situation will develop with Iran and its nuclear development.

    Jerry Schill

    September 8, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Reply
    • Janice

      You more then likely won't hear from her if she opens her mouth and things don't work out like she wants them to then she could lose the Election so this time she might keep her mouth shut remember that bright statement WHO CARES?

      September 8, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Reply
    • shane

      if she is smart she will completely avoid this situation. it is a no win for any one that supports it.

      September 9, 2013 at 10:00 am | Reply

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