Re: USA and Russia reach deal on Syria
posted at 9/16/2013 5:15 PM EDT
In response to A_Concerned_Citizen's comment:
In response to skeeter20's comment:
[QUOTE]I'm not sure how bringing it to Congress was playing the GOP
[QUOTE]Because they were whipping themselves into a frenzy over Obama's supposed imminent overreach in ordering a strike without consulting congress (all the while silently hoping he would order it without consulting congress).[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE]That cuts both ways with congress. It can be viewed that Obama was trying to get congress to call for a strike to prevent the political fgallout from a unilateral strike if it had gone bad.[/QUOTE]
Congress wants in and needs no prodding.
As the Obama administration moves ever-closer to a possible military strike on Syria, members of Congress are demanding they at least have a say in the decision -- with some pressuring President Obama to first seek their approval.
The quickly moving developments, in response to an alleged chemical weapons strike by the Assad regime last week, have lawmakers -- currently on summer recess -- clamoring for influence in a decision that has wide-ranging implications for both the Syrian civil war and the U.S. itself.
Republican Rep. Scott Rigell of Virginia is asking colleagues to sign a letter to Obama that urges him to reconvene Congress and seek approval first for any military action.
Other lawmakers are stopping short of demanding a vote, but still want the administration to bring them into the process before moving ahead.
"I expect the Commander in Chief would consult with Congress in the days ahead as he considers the options available to him," Rep. Buck McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, R-Calif., said in a statement, while urging the administration to "act decisively."
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, on Tuesday urged the administration to submit a "detailed plan" on the objectives and cost of any strike.
Sure. That's why the prognosticators all expected Obama to lose the vote on the issue.