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Obama to seek Congressional OK on Syria strike



Published: Sat, August 31, 2013 @ 2:27 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Delaying what had appeared to be an imminent strike, President Barack Obama abruptly announced Saturday he will seek congressional approval before launching any military action meant to punish Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons in an attack that killed hundreds.

With Navy ships in the Mediterranean Sea ready to strike, Obama said he had decided the United States should take military action, but also determined "our country will be better off" if Congress renders its own opinion.

At the same time, he challenged lawmakers to consider "what message will we send to a dictator" if he is allowed to killed hundreds of children with chemical weapons without suffering any retaliation.

Lawmakers will return to session on Sept. 9.


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1papa1(639 comments)posted 10 months, 4 weeks ago

the repubs on the far right have been groping around trying to find a reason to start impeachment proceedings against Obama. but he's done no impeachable offenses. if he goes to congress for a vote he'll never get it. the repubs have never given him a yes vote on anything and then if this thing goes bad you better believe they'll try to impeach him.

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2Silence_Dogood(1317 comments)posted 10 months, 4 weeks ago

papa remember this posting that you made, place a bookmark on your computer if you have to.
It will be the Democrat's that will tie the hands of this President on this issue, it will not be the Republicans.

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3Jerry(486 comments)posted 10 months, 4 weeks ago

So now President Obama finally recognizes, at least for now, that he has limitations on his power (after being backed into a corner and forced to this recognition). Please be assured that his latest decision is based entirely on what Barack Obama believes to be the most advantageous decision he can make at the moment to protect the political power of Barack Obama, and nothing else; as with all his decisions.

He now says that he thinks he has the authority to take military action on his own, but NOW he is going to seek Congressional approval to make the action more significant. This is, of course, completely different thn what he said in 2008.

Quoting then senator Obama in 2008 - “The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation,”

Why did he not seek consent of Congress before he blurted out his “red-line in the sand” challenge?

Why did he not seek approval of Congress for military contingencies anytime in the last year?

Why has he not called Congress back into session so he can present his case and a specific plan for action, and seek their approval on that specific plan?

@papa – With regard to threatening impeachment, please revisit the following quote from our good buddy Joe Biden:

Quoting then Senator Joe Biden in 2007 - “It is precisely because the consequences of war – intended or otherwise – can be so profound and complicated that our Founding Fathers vested in Congress, not the President, the power to initiate war, except to repel an imminent attack on the United States or its citizens. They reasoned that requiring the President to come to Congress first would slow things down… allow for more careful decision making before sending Americans to fight and die… and ensure broader public support………….The Founding Fathers were, as in most things, profoundly right.” Then senator Joe Biden also went on to promise that he would personally lead efforts to impeach then president George W. Bush, if Bush took military action without Congressional approval.

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4southsidedave(4777 comments)posted 10 months, 4 weeks ago

The World's policeman gets set for another round....

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5TheLostPatrol(755 comments)posted 10 months, 4 weeks ago

We can't even take care of our own policing within the USA. We need to MInd Our Own Business.

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6VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 10 months, 4 weeks ago

He is showing us his true leadership and the world is laughing. He still wants to bomb but now he wants someone else to allow him to do so. Where is that Nobel Peace Prize he won when he was elected President?

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