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Obama Relegates Congress to Merely Providing Him With Good PR

“My administration has also secured bipartisan support for this approach here at home” without a vote in Congress

By far the most depressing part of President Obama’s prime time speech about Syria was when this ‘constitutional scholar’ relegated one of most important checks and balances in our entire political system to simply the job of improving public relations.

Obama plans to launch a multi-year “comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy” war in Syria and he doesn’t believe he needs Congressional approval for this comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy war.

Obama said, “My administration has also secured bipartisan support for this approach here at home. I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL, but I believe we are strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together.  So I welcome congressional support for this effort in order to show the world that Americans are united in confronting this danger.

The President isn’t asking Congress to vote on this because it is legally required by the Constitution, because the electorate deserves to know where their representative stand on such a critical decision, because it is our most important check on tyranny, or because it is morally reprehensible for a democracy to rush into a war without an official public debate.

No, Obama would like Congress to vote because that would play better in the national and international press. It would be merely be a show of unity and support. In short it would be better PR, but if Congress doesn’t vote to authorize war Obama thinks that is no big deal since he will launch a war on his own anyway.

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Obama Relegates Congress to Merely Providing Him With Good PR

“My administration has also secured bipartisan support for this approach here at home” without a vote in Congress

By far the most depressing part of President Obama’s prime time speech about Syria was when this ‘constitutional scholar’ relegated one of most important checks and balances in our entire political system to simply the job of improving public relations.

Obama plans to launch a multi-year “comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy” war in Syria and he doesn’t believe he needs Congressional approval for this comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy war.

Obama said, “My administration has also secured bipartisan support for this approach here at home. I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL, but I believe we are strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together.  So I welcome congressional support for this effort in order to show the world that Americans are united in confronting this danger.”

The President isn’t asking Congress to vote on this because it is legally required by the Constitution, because the electorate deserves to know where their representative stand on such a critical decision, because it is our most important check on tyranny, or because it is morally reprehensible for a democracy to rush into a war without an official public debate.

No, Obama would like Congress to vote because that would play better in the national and international press. It would be merely be a show of unity and support. In short it would be better PR, but if Congress doesn’t vote to authorize war Obama thinks that is no big deal since he will launch a war on his own anyway. (more…)

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