In a speech today, President Obama seems to have changed his tune.
He has decided that Syria does need to be punished for its alleged use of chemical weapons, but now will wait until Congress can authorize action. What this means is that action will not be taken until at least mid-September. Congress remains in recess until September 9th, and has already decided that it will wait until the United Nations has concluded their investigation into whether or not the government of Syria did indeed use chemical weapons against civilians.
Already the Democrats and Republicans have begun arguing over whether this is the best course of action for our nation to take.
Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have released a joint statement basically saying that they cannot support the President’s resolution to attack Syria, because it does not go far enough. The two Republican Senators say that if the US is to get involved, it should be with enough force to change the direction of the Syrian Civil War. Assad should be toppled, and we can help accomplish that.
Their joint statement said that the goal “should not be to help the president save face,” but , “should be to shift the balance of power on the battlefield against Assad and his forces.”
Republican Party leadership is at least happy that the President seems to have changed his mind about consulting them.
“House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, all Republicans, issued a statement Saturday praised the president’s decision to consult Congress. “Under the Constitution, the responsibility to declare war lies with Congress,” their statement said. “We are glad the president is seeking authorization for any military action in Syria in response to serious, substantive questions being raised. In consultation with the president, we expect the House to consider a measure the week of September 9th. This provides the president time to make his case to Congress and the American people.”
Sill others, like Alan Grayson (D-FL) and Rand Paul (R-KY) would rather we not get involved in the Syria struggle at all.
“The president’s line in the sand may have been a strategic blunder. But it is not enough reason to go to war,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, said in an opinion piece on CNN.com on Friday, referring to President Barack Obama’s declaration that the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable.”
“Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Florida, was even stronger in his opposition. “We are not the world’s policemen. That is not our responsibility.”
President Obama’s decision to seek Congressional authorization is surprising in light of recent comments made by members of his administration and party, but it is a happy surprise. The Constitution explicitly places the power to authorize military action in the hands of Congress and that responsibility must remain with them. I for one am glad to see the President realize this.
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