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Public: Obama Needs Congress' Blessing on Syria
80% say White House shouldn't go it alone
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 30, 2013 4:26 PM CDT
Demonstrators take part in a protest calling for no military attack on Syria outside the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – The American people aren't excited about the prospect of attacking Syria, and they overwhelmingly believe that President Obama should get congressional approval before doing it. In a new NBC News poll, a whopping 80% said the White House should get the OK from Congress before attacking. While the Constitution gives Congress the power to declare war, the US hasn't formally declared one since World War II. Most of the military endeavors since—including, most recently, Obama's intervention in Libya—have been executive actions, ABC News explains.

This week 140 lawmakers, including 21 Democrats, sent a letter to Obama urging him to get Congress' blessing, and complaining that the Libya mission was unconstitutional, according to the Hill. John Boehner also reiterated those concerns in a briefing call with Obama yesterday. With or without approval, the public is leery of Syria; the NBC poll showed that 50% opposed any action, to only 42% who supported it—even though 58% agreed that chemical weapon usage was a "red line" that should provoke a US response. (The White House briefed members of Congress last night on its evidence, and John Kerry today made the case that it's rock solid.)

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Aug 31, 2013 3:10 PM CDT
I think I understand. We go to Syria, to bomb and kill Syrians, who are killing Syrians without even the premise of trying to keep Syrians from killing other Syrians... We must have some new toys we need to check out.
Aug 31, 2013 12:28 PM CDT
Personally I really hope we stay out of any Middle East conflicts. Its not our business, these people don't like us and would rather cut our heads off. They don't think like we do. Their religion says behead, ours says Love your Neighbor as you do yourself. We don't know them, we don't know their thinking, we don't know how to think like they do. Let them work out their own problems. It is very sad about the gassing of especially children. For a Christian this is a heinous assault on people but to them it is their way.
Aug 31, 2013 10:43 AM CDT
hey folks this is barack insane obomber we are talking about! he thinks that he will be the first king of the world!