Apparently Obama is “Prepared to give that order” in reference to the United States taking military action against Syria. He also said he plans to seek authorization from Congress in this curious little exchange:
“I’m the president of the world’s oldest constitutional democracy,” Obama said. “I will seek authorization for the use of force from the American people’s representatives in Congress.”
The president ignored a reporter who shouted the obvious question: What happens if Congress says no?
So what DOES happen, then? Well, the article tells us this:
But senior administration officials briefing reporters at the White House later said that Obama still believes he has the legal authority to act without congressional support — meaning that a “no” vote would not necessarily handcuff his foreign policy.
Here’s what I’m getting from this: Obama has painted himself into a corner. He made a stupid comment about attacking Syria only if chemical strikes were used, apparently not expecting that to actually happen. Now that it’s happened, he’s expected to keep his word and go to war, lest the U.S. look like a paper tiger.
But, there’s a problem: Only roughly half of America is even interested in taking military action in Syria, and 78% want Congressional approval first. But remember, Obama HAS to go into Syria, or else he looks bad to the rest of the world. So what does he do?
Our dear leader tries to get out of it by speaking out of both sides of his mouth. He leaves a little back door for himself. Oh, he’ll ASK for authorization. But if he doesn’t get it, you can be damned sure he’ll do what he wants anyway. Maybe he’ll back down, relieved at the excuse to get out of this. But even then, he “still believes he has the legal authority to act without congressional support”. He just, you know, won’t use it. Or maybe he will. Bottom line, it’s up to HIM.
This is nothing but a sham, a con job to fool the American people. Like the Serpent in the Garden telling us we won’t die if we eat the fruit, Obama twists his words around, saying one thing and meaning another. And like Adam and Eve, we’re going to buy it. It’s human nature, after all. Just ask Adam.