On Sept. 9 Obama will ask Congress to OK strike on Syria

WASHINGTON — President Obama said on Saturday that he was ready to take military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad, but that he will seek the approval of Congress before carrying out any military strike.

Obama says congressional leaders have agreed to schedule a debate and vote when they return to session. They are scheduled to return from their summer recess on Sept. 9.

The president did not say whether he’d forgo a strike if Congress rejects his call to action.

“This attack is an assault on human dignity,” Obama said, with Vice President Biden standing by his side. “It also presents a serious danger to our national security.”

The remarks came amid a flurry of briefings for skeptical lawmakers by the president’s national security team. Shouts from hundreds of activists outside the White House protesting against military action could be heard from the Rose Garden shortly before Obama spoke.

“Over the last several days, we’ve heard from several members of Congress who want their voices to be heard,” Obama said. “I absolutely agree.”

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/08/31/obama-makes-statement-on-syria/2751085/

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One comment on “On Sept. 9 Obama will ask Congress to OK strike on Syria

  1. Obama made last-minute decision on Syria approval

    By JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 1 hour ago

    Senior administration officials say President Barack Obama planned to take military action against Syria without congressional authorization, but told aides Friday night that he changed his mind.

    Obama announced to the public Saturday that he wanted to launch a military strike, but that he first would seek approval from lawmakers.

    The administration officials described a president overriding all his top national security advisers, who believed Obama had the authority to act on his own.

    But these officials say the president spent much of the week wrestling with Congress’ role in authorizing force and made the decision Friday night after a lengthy discussion with his chief of staff, Denis McDonough.

    The administration officials requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss Obama’s decision-making by name.

    http://m.decaturdaily.com/news/other_news/national/article_f5512796-da3f-541b-b949-57c2caf01ca6.html?mode=jqm

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