In a speech to America earlier today, President Obama announced that he will seek a vote in Congress on striking Syria, effecting shutting down the speculation that he would order a strike without Congressional approval.
Obama said in his Rose Garden speech, delivered with Vice President Biden at his side, that he had “decided that the United States should use force but would wait for a vote from lawmakers, who are not due to return to town until Sept. 9.”
Mr. Obama said he believed he had the authority to act on his own, but he did not say whether he would if Congress rejects his plan.
“I’m prepared to give that order,” Mr. Obama said. “But having made my decision as commander in chief based on what I am convinced is our national security interest, I’m also mindful that I’m president of the world’s oldest constitutional democracy.”
Going to war with the support of the people’s representatives, he added, “I know the country will be stronger.”
I didn’t buy into the insinuations and loud braying by some fellow liberals and progressives that Obama would strike with out backing of Congress. However, I’m also relieved at the news.
If you missed it you can President Obama’s remarks here: