Is Obama the President … or the “Concluder”?
Already Thursday, more than 150 members of Congress have signaled their opposition to airstrikes on Syria without a congressional vote. House members circulated two separate letters circulated that were sent to the White House demanding a congressional role before military action takes place. One, authored by Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.), has more than 150 signatures from Democrats and Republicans. Another, started by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), is signed by 53 Democrats, though many of them also signed Rigell’s letter.
Quite a few Congress members have pointed out that launching a war without Congressional approval is unconstitutional.
Britain – which didn’t pass the Constitution – let its Parliament decide.
Congressman Amash said today:
After the vote, Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) tweeted that such a motion “would fail in Congress, too.” He later tweeted: “UK Parliament votes on going to war. Congress votes on critical things, too, like renaming post offices.”
The American people are as opposed to a strike on Syria as the Brits.
But in the same way that Bush called himself the “Decider”, Obama is now acting like the “Concluder” regarding war with Syria.
Indeed, Obama – like Bush – has proven that he’s not very interested in following the Constitution.