“Obama, Congress and Syria”

USA - President Barack Obama Delivers Statement On Syria

Greenwald’s post: 615 words. Now: 131.

The “celebratory reaction” to Obama’s announcement that he will ask Congress to vote on going to war with Syria is a potent sign of how little regard American politicians have for the Constitution, which reserves for Congress the power to declare wars. Worse, Obama (and now Kerry) has said the President has the authority to attack Syria even if congress votes against it. This would follow precedent set in Libya and, under Clinton, Kosova; in both cases, wars proceeded despite congressional disapproval.

For Obama to invite congress to a vote that only counts if he wins, “is to display a fairly strong contempt for both democracy and the Constitution.”

Bombing

It’s bizarre to watch people advocate for war using “America’s credibility” as the sole justification.

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