Obama asserts right to strike Syria without congressional approval

Obama asserts right to strike Syria without congressional approval

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about Syria during a joint news conference with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt at the Prime Minister's office in Stockholm, Sweden September 4, 2013. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about Syria during a joint news conference with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt at the Prime Minister’s office in Stockholm, Sweden September 4, 2013. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

President Obama stated that “as a commander in chief” he has the right to order a military strike against Syria without congressional approval. However, he said that Capitol Hill support would strengthen the response to the alleged chemical attack.

As commander in chief I always preserve the right and the responsibility to act on behalf of America’s national security. I don’t believe that I was required to take this to Congress. But I did not take this to Congress because I think it’s an empty exercise,” Obama said during a news conference in Stockholm on Wednesday, after a meeting with the Swedish prime minister.

Obama’s comments came shortly after he managed to win the support of key politicians on his plans to launch a “limited” strike on Syria. On Tuesday, Democrat and Republican leaders in Congress announced that that the United States should respond to Syrian President Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons.

The vote is expected early next week, after Congress reconvenes on September 9.

Obama is confident that lawmakers will authorize his request for the military strike against the Syrian regime. 
I believe congress will approve it because I think that America recognizes that as difficult as it is to take any military action even one as limited as we’re talking about, even one without boots on the ground. That’s a sober decision,” he said. 
The president said that America recognizes that “if the international community fails to maintain certain norms, standards and laws governing how countries interact and how people are treated, then over time this world become less safe.”

Obama also said that his decision to seek congressional approval for his plan was not just a symbolic gesture.

I think that it is very important for the Congress to say that we mean what we say. I think we will be stronger as a country in our response if the president and Congress do it together,” he said.

Obama added that the “red line” he mentioned last year while speaking about Syria’s use of chemical weapons was drawn “by the world” when its leaders signed the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention, rather than by him personally.

I didn’t set a red line; the world set a red line. The world set a red line when governments representing 98 percent of the world’s population said the use of chemical weapons are abhorrent and passed a treaty forbidding their use even when countries are engaged in war.”

Congress “set a red line” when it ratified that treaty, he added. “Congress set a red line when it indicated in a piece of legislation entitled the Syria Accountability Act, that some of horrendous things that are happening on the ground there need to be answered for.

Obama also declared that the entire international community’s credibility is at stake when it comes to the conflict in Syria.

My credibility is not on the line.  The international community’s credibility is on the line. And America’s and Congress’s credibility is on the line.” 
Meanwhile in Washington, key congressional committees are holding hearings and discussing the draft resolution on the military attack on Syria.The Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee approved on Wednesday the presidential plan to strike Syria.

Obama’s plan progressed a step further on Tuesday when it received backing from party leaders in Congress. However, only 36 percent of the American population support the initiative, an ABC News/Washington Post poll revealed.

By this time, [after] 13 years of war, people and the military have no faith in anything the government has to say at all. They are sick and tired of the war, and the government has no credibility with the rank and file in the military,” Marine veteran Gordon Duff told RT.


21 thoughts on “Obama asserts right to strike Syria without congressional approval

  1. Obama, you have the right to remain silent. That IS the only right you have at this point. You have painted yourself into a corner. The Globalist Parasitical Elite that you represent also have the same right. I want to thank you for bringing the question to it's logical conclusion. I bless you. I forgive you. I love you and your job is done. Step down & remain silent if you wish. Your future may be more tolerable if you decide to co-operate & disclose what you should have years ago.

  2. Shouldn't all the people that voted for this jive turkey be showing some outrage by now? What a bunch of cowards! I admit that I voted for him the first time but I learned my lesson from all the lies and I refused to vote for either Bankster whore in the last election.

  3. It's a wonder there's still a few "awake" people who think Obama is of the light. All he wants to do is "light" all of you up using nukes in a world war he and his cabal buddies are hell bent on starting. The cabal won't ever step down, it's up to good guys to arrest them. September 1 came and went without cabal resignations.

  4. nothing special was supposed to happen on 9/1. You fell for some disinfo. Don't be too hard on yourself – best forget about it because every time you mention it it just makes you look stupid.

  5. 5:47 is 9:07 aka Space Ace the shill. He's playing a game with us to try and bring doubt and division here. He's failing, so pay him no mind. Nothing he says has any value and soon he'll be out of a job.

  6. What if only half of the ranks refuse orders while the other half agree to fight in the Syrian war? I guess if the 50% who refuse to fight can somehow stop the other 50% from getting into a war, then perhaps war can be prevented. Alternatively, the 50% need to arrest the war criminals giving illegal orders for an illegal war based on false flags.

  7. Anony 12:41 "we know that if dates keep coming and going, it will get to the point that ….." Sorry but you cannot speak for everyone, no matter how many times you try and repeat that it is still a lie. I do not give my consent for you to speak for me.

  8. Shill alert @ 12:39 using any opportunity and non sequitur posts to spread his lies and fear. With the coming defeat of his masters he will soon have to account for himself. "Just obeying orders" won't cut it. You have a freewill choice to do what you do so you might want to think about that. The day of reckoning will soon be here……….

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