Congress Foreign Policy President Obama Syria

Just Like Bush

Or maybe not.

The president announced today that he will seek congressional approval for taking action against the Assad regime for using chemical weapons.

“This attack is an assault on human dignity. It also presents a serious danger to our national security,” Obama said in a statement from the White House Rose Garden.

“I have decided the U.S. should take action against Syrian military targets,” he added.

Obama said he believed he had constitutional authority to intervene militarily in Syria without congressional approval, but that the country “will be stronger” if he does so.

I’m deeply skeptical that Congress will approve.

Why? Because they approve of Assad’s actions? Because they believe we shouldn’t involve ourselves?

No. I believe they won’t because of Obama Derangement Syndrome. Because the primary hurdle such a vote will have to overcome is the number of people who will vote NO simply because President Obama is the one who’s asking.

For this reason, I disagree with the president seeking the approval of congress, but I also understand why he is.

I welcome being proven wrong.

Adding... my skepticism is not aimed squarely at the Right