August 28: Syria
- Obama admitted publicly that U.S. intelligence has concluded the Syrian government used chemical WMDs on civilians last week.
- Obama plans to ignore the fact that he couldn’t get U.N. approval for an attack on Syria, because Russia opposes it.
- The Navy has moved a second aircraft carrier into the Gulf.
Obama said the White House will brief top congressional leaders this afternoon about Obama’s plans for a possible military strike.
Democrat and Republican members of Congress reminded Obama that just consulting with or informing Congress is not good enough to make military action legal.
Under the provisions of the War Powers Resolution (WPR), the President is required to notify Congress within 48 hours of the onset of US military involvement. They then have 60 days to get formal authorization from Congress and if they fail to do so must cease operations within 30 days.
Obama is unlikely to give a crap what Congress thinks or the Constitution says. In 2011, he ordered American warplanes into action over Libya without seeking authorization from Congress before or after.
The New York Times, the usual leakhole of Obama Inc, quoted officials describing a limited one or two day campaign that would degrade Assad’s ability to launch chemical weapons, without forcing him out of power. That might be true, but then again no less a figure than Barack H. Obama had promised that the Libyan intervention would last “days, not weeks”. It lasted months, not weeks, let alone days.
Meanwhile, Obama reportedly told several mayors that he would by-pass Congress to get more gun control.