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AFA's Sandy Rios: Gays and Women in the Military Will Undermine Effectiveness of Syrian Strike - AUDIO

Sandy RiosAmerican Family Association nut Sandy Rios today warned that any potential U.S. military intervention in Syria may fail as a result of the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell and the opening of additional Navy positions to female service members.

Said Rios on her radio show:

"When I looked at those battleships going into the Mediterranean, supposedly getting ready for battle in Syria, I couldn't help think about all the stories I've read about how women now are in the ranks of the Navy, getting pregnant at exponential numbers; when I think about the folding in and the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell and the homosexual takeover of so much of our military I'm not sure how effective those naval ships will be."

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Jon Stewart Returns to 'The Daily Show', Fun Syrian Jamboree: VIDEO

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John Oliver, Jessica Williams, and Stephen Colbert assisted Jon Stewart with his repatriation after a summer abroad, a process which included at least one Miley breakdown (below).

Stewart was unenthused to realize he'd returned right in the midst of deliberations regarding military action in Syria:

"Oh right, we have to bomb Syria because we're in 7th grade, and the red line that they crossed is actually a dick-measuring ribbon."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Senator John McCain Played Poker on iPhone During Syria Hearing

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Senator John McCain was caught by a Washington Post photographer playing poker on his iPhone during hearings over possible military action in Syria.

Buzzfeed's John Passantino tweeted the high-res.

UPDATE: McCain responds: "Scandal! Caught playing iPhone game at 3+ hour Senate hearing - worst of all I lost!"


John Boehner, Eric Cantor Support Military Strikes Against Syria: VIDEO

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GOP House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor are getting behind President Obama's plan for military strikes against Syria, following a White House meeting on Tuesday.

Said Boehner outside the White House: "I appreciate the president reaching out to me and my colleagues in the Congress over the last couple of weeks. I also appreciate the president asking the Congress to support him in this action...I am going to support the president's call for action,” he told reporters. I believe my colleagues should support this call for action."

Said Cantor in a statement following Boehner's press conference: "I intend to vote to provide the President of the United States the option to use military force in Syria. While the authorizing language will likely change, the underlying reality will not. America has a compelling national security interest to prevent and respond to the use of weapons of mass destruction, especially by a terrorist state such as Syria, and to prevent further instability in a region of vital interest to the United States."

Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain have also thrown their support behind military action:

McCain said U.S. credibility would be "shredded" internationally if Congress thwarts a president after he has already committed to military action.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who also took part in the meeting, said he and McCain would like to see a more sustained military effort but that he intended to support the authorization plan that emerges.

Graham said "a pretty solid plan" was emerging from the administration "upgrade the opposition" and to "degrade" Assad's regime. "We don't want endless war... We want sustainable security. And Syria is a cancer that's growing in the region."

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President Obama to Seek Approval from Congress on Syria Strike: VIDEO

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Yesterday in a White House press conference with Joe Biden at his side, President Obama expressed is outrage at Syria's use of chemical weapons and said that he would take the case for military action to the American people and the world, but most importantly, seek approval from Congress:

Now, after careful deliberation, I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets. This would not be an open-ended intervention. We would not put boots on the ground. Instead, our action would be designed to be limited in duration and scope. But I'm confident we can hold the Assad regime accountable for their use of chemical weapons, deter this kind of behavior, and degrade their capacity to carry it out.

Our military has positioned assets in the region. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs has informed me that we are prepared to strike whenever we choose. Moreover, the Chairman has indicated to me that our capacity to execute this mission is not time-sensitive; it will be effective tomorrow, or next week, or one month from now. And I'm prepared to give that order.

But having made my decision as Commander-in-Chief based on what I am convinced is our national security interests, I'm also mindful that I'm the President of the world's oldest constitutional democracy. I've long believed that our power is rooted not just in our military might, but in our example as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. And that's why I've made a second decision: I will seek authorization for the use of force from the American people's representatives in Congress.

Watch his remarks, AFTER THE JUMP...

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John Kerry Lays Foundation for U.S. Response to Chemical Attacks in Syria: VIDEO

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Secretary of State John Kerry offered a long statement yesterday on suspected chemical attacks in Syria, warning that military response could come at any time:

"President Obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world's most heinous weapons against the world's most vulnerable people," Kerry said at the State Department, laying the foundation for U.S. involvement in the bloody Syrian civil war...

"It is undeniable," that chemical weapons were used, Kerry said. "This is about the large scale, indiscriminate use of weapons that the civilized world long ago decided must never be used at all.

Britain is preparing a contingency plan for intervention, the NYT reports:

British fighter aircraft were reported to have been sent to Cyprus, a likely launching pad for any non-missile strike.

“We are continuing to discuss with our international partners what the right response should be, but, as part of this, we are making contingency plans for the armed forces,” Mr. Cameron’s spokesman said. The intention of any strike, British officials have said, is to deter further use of chemical weapons.

Watch Kerry's statement, AFTER THE JUMP...

David Mixner posts a list of things to consider as air strikes seem, at this point, inevitable:

What are the ramifications of those decisions and does it bring us closer to peace?. This is not about 'crossing the line' since the 100,000 killed already is just as horrifying as the several thousand who died by gas. The 'line' really doesn't exist and never has existed.

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