But having made my decision as Commander-in-Chief based on what I am convinced is our national security interests, I’m also mindful that I’m the President of the world’s oldest constitutional democracy. I’ve long believed that our power is rooted not just in our military might, but in our example as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. And that’s why I’ve made a second decision: I will seek authorization for the use of force from the American people’s representatives in Congress.
Sunday, September 1, 2013
TO OBAMA … CONGRESS IS A SYMBOLIC FORMALITY NECESSARY TO MAINTAIN THE MASK OF CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY …
A senior State Department official stated, "the president’s decision to take military action in Syria still stands, and will indeed be carried out, regardless of whether Congress votes next week to approve the use of such force".
The official said that every major player on the National Security Council – including the commander-in-chief – was in accord last night on the need for military action, and that the president’s decision to seek a congressional debate and vote was a surprise to most if not all of them. However, the aide insisted the request for Congress to vote did not supplant the president’s earlier decision to use force in Syria, only delayed its implementation.
“That’s going to happen, anyway,” … "adding that that was why the president, in his impeachment walk in the Rose Garden remarks, was careful to establish that he believes he has the authority to launch such strikes even without congressional authorization.
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