House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is not sure whether a majority of Democrats will support the use of force in Syria, but she said President Obama is a “tough hombre” for giving Congress the chance to vote on it.
In an interview with Time magazine, Pelosi was asked if she will get a majority of her caucus on board.
“I don’t know,” she answered. “I think it would be important to get a majority in the Congress. But I don’t know if it’s important how you would break it down. These issues are not really partisan.”
When asked what Obama’s decision to bring the issue before Congress says about the president, she spoke of how weary of war the country is, then said:
“I can’t say that it isn’t something that I didn’t know before, but I certainly do think that it’s a sign of strength… I would say he’s a tough hombre.”
Pelosi appears to redefine the meaning of war, saying the Bush administration asked the country to “go to war,” before adding, “This isn’t about going to war. This is about a limited, tailored strike, of short duration, for a purpose, which is the use of weapons of mass destruction.”
Which leaves one to wonder if the Japanese saw the attack on Pearl Harbor as “a limited, tailored strike, of short duration, for a purpose.”
Despite Pelosi’s comments, according to the Washington Post, a majority of House Republicans are likely to oppose the resolution to strike Syria, meaning it would need strong support among Democrats to pass in the GOP-controlled House.