Why Obama Won’t Ask Congress for War Authorization


Like the kid that just won’t say “please”, it’s the asking part that bothers Obama. Despite the foolishness of it, Congress would almost certainly back an authorization to use force.

Obama could even ask for less than that. Some symbolic gesture. But it doesn’t seem like he’s going to do that.

This is more than mere War Powers opposition. It’s a thing that encloses Obama’s entire concept of absolute power. He likes having it. He rejects any limitations on it.

Whether it’s the power to unilaterally make war, make amnesty, make huge financial decisions… he wants to be the only one with the power.

The official excuse is that action against Syria has suddenly become so urgent that there’s no more time to debate. That excuse is nonsense. The Syrian Civil War has been dragging on for a while.

NBC News’ Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd told the hosts of MSNBC’s The Cycle warned that President Barack Obama may believe that seeking congressional authorization to attack Syria in the coming days would be counterproductive. The debate over a resolution would take too long and jeopardize too many Syrian lives

Obama and his people repeatedly said that they didn’t want to rush into anything. There was no concern about the Syrian lives that would be lost while Obama spent years deliberating over what to do.

Now suddenly a day or two is too much.

The British parliament, which is far more noisy than Congress, can somehow manage to get this done. But our own King George finds Congress too restrictive to work with.

  • Gee

    He sure said differently in 2008. I think Congress should do what Senator Biden demanded in 2007 – he said that the President should be impeached for attacking another country without Congressional approval

  • S7teen70six

    The country we fought a war of independence against because it’s King believed his word was law has more respect for the actual rule of law than our own president. The irony is astounding.

  • chan chan

    Looking at Barry’s behaviour, you may have been better off leaving George III in place…

  • cathy

    US prepares to bypass UN on Syria response
    Published August 28, 2013

    In blunt terms, department spokeswoman Marie Harf said last-ditch efforts to win support for an anti-Assad resolution at the U.N. were unsuccessful, and the U.S. would proceed anyway.

    “We see no avenue forward given continued Russian opposition to any meaningful council action on Syria,” she said. “Therefore, the United States will continue its consultations and will take appropriate actions to respond in the days ahead.”


  • JacksonPearson

    Despots never ask for approval or permission. In this case, Obama would have a very difficult time explaining to congress exactly how Syria is a threat to the United States. On the contrary, Syria would be become a greater regional threat if taken over by the Muslim Brotherhood and the al Qaeda led rebels that Obama’s currently supporting and funding.

  • cathy


    Video: Biden Threatening to Impeach President (Bush) If He Launches an Attack Without Congressional Authority
    27 Aug 2013

    Biden: I was chairman of the judiciary committee for 17 years or its ranking member. I teach separation of powers and constitutional law. This is something I know. So I got together and brought a group of constitutional scholars together to write a piece that I’m going to deliver to the whole United State Senate pointing out the President (Bush) has no constitutional authority…to take this nation to war against a county of 70 million people unless we’re attacked or unless there is proof we are about to be attacked. And if he does, if he does, I would move to impeach him. The House obviously has to do that but I would lead an effort to impeach him.”


  • cathy


    We Still Have a Choice on Iraq
    Senator John Kerry, D-Mass.
    New York Times
    September 6, 2002

    ” ….For the sake of our country, the legitimacy of our cause and our ultimate success in Iraq, the administration must seek advice and approval from Congress, laying out the evidence and making the case. Then, in concert with our allies, it must seek full enforcement of the existing cease-fire agreement from the United Nations Security Council. We should at the same time offer a clear ultimatum to Iraq before the world: Accept rigorous inspections without negotiation or compromise. ….”


  • truebearing

    No doubt there is much truth in this explanation for Obama’s arrogant dismissal of Congress, but there is also an ideological aspect, where Obama supplants one of the three branches of our constitutional government with the UN. He is seeking approval from the UN, but could care less about Congress.
    By giving the UN the power Congress has traditionally had, Obama is neutering Congress and making the UN a supervisory branch of our government. This is essentially forfeiting US sovereingty, yet again.

  • American1969

    He is an arrogant POS!
    Congress is full of worthless hacks whose only concern is getting re-elected.
    By the way, does it occur to people that the chemical weapons being used are those WMDs that didn’t exist in Iraq? Hm.
    Interesting, don’t you think, being that they never existed and all…?

  • ReyR

    When gods want to destroy a man, they let him believe he’s a god. For a while.
    Chalmers Johnson said it all in his books The Sorrows of Empire and Blowback.
    America is sick with death wish.

  • CowboyUp

    It’s nice to be reminded that the dp can be as blatantly hypocritical as they want and chuck todd will still have his presidential kneepads on, along with the rest of the msm.
    I see the leftists that comment on Frontpage haven’t worked up the nerve comment on this. It will be hilarious fun if they do try to ‘splain it.
    This is also something else to remember when the paulistas try to run their bs about the democrats being no different than the Repulicans.

  • Christopher Riddle

    The”Imperial Presidency”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MrUniteUs1

    Will Greenfield admit that he’s wrong