Obama Will Wait for Congress on Syria
He backs idea of military action, but will hold off until vote
By Newser Editors, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2013 1:06 PM CDT
President Obama stands with Vice President Joe Biden as he makes a statement about Syria in the Rose Garden.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – Hold your fire, troops: President Obama made his strongest case yet for a military strike on Syria today—but he also said he would seek the authority of Congress before launching it, reports AP. Obama made clear in his afternoon press conference that he believes the US must act to punish Bashar al-Assad, but "we should have this debate," he said. Congress will take up the matter when it returns the week of Sept. 9. When Obama wrapped up, a reporter asked the big question: If Congress rejects the idea, would he still order a strike? The president didn't respond.

In the press conference, Obama made his case for action, asserting that Assad clearly gassed his own people. "This attack is an assault on human dignity," he said, as quoted by USA Today. "It also presents a serious danger to our national security." He said the US "cannot turn a blind eye" to what he termed the "worst chemical weapons attack in the 21st century." Earlier today, Vladimir Putin called the US allegations against Assad "utter nonsense."

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Sep 1, 2013 1:10 AM CDT
Republican Agenda: Scenario 1: Obama authorizes military action in Syria. Republican response will be Obama is further destabilizing the region, going in without sufficient evidence, and going in without congressional approval. Scenario 2: Obama decides military force is not warranted. Republican response will be Obama is diminishing our reputation as a military police superpower, further endangering the citizens of Syria, and sending the message to Assad that using chemical weapons is ok. Scenario 3: Obama gives the decision to congress. Republican response.... Damnit! Now how do spin this so Obama looks bad?
Aug 31, 2013 10:31 PM CDT
Sign on the front door of US Congress: Sorry Folks, We're closed for 2 weeks to clean and repair America's favorite family fun park. Sooorry!
Aug 31, 2013 9:47 PM CDT
Don't Do it Obama.....