Mike Huckabee News
Sep 03 2013
Is the President serious about Syria?…There is no longer trip for a world leader than the slow climb down off his high horse after he realizes that nobody’s following him. Obama seems to be trying to climb down from his ultimatum to Syria, but it’s hard with the eyes of the world on him. He warned that if Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons, the US would…well…do SOMETHING. But even if the recent chemical attack in Damascus is proven to have been launched by Assad, what do we do? Helping replace him with rebel groups affiliated with al-Qaeda would be even worse for America. Obama’s talking about a missile attack that wouldn’t do any real damage. Other than risking igniting widespread war in the Middle East while purposely accomplishing nothing. After finding himself totally alone on this, Obama now says he’ll wait for Congress to return from recess and let them vote on it. So the only good news is that he’s now given Congress one more reason not to go back to work.
Even media outlets that normally back Obama, like the New York Times, are dismayed at how badly the Syria situation has been botched. A President should never write a check he can’t cash. It makes America look weak to both our allies and our enemies, and that’s a very dangerous situation in today’s world. Even if Congress says no to an attack on Syria, Obama says he believes he has the power to order it anyway. But the Constitution says that approving acts of war is the duty of Congress alone. As some legal scholars note, Presidents have launched attacks before when it was an emergency and Congress hadn’t had time to meet and say no. But to launch an attack when there’s been no attack on the US, there’s no compelling national interest, and Congress has specifically voted against it? That would shatter the limits of presidential power under the Constitution. It would also pose a serious dilemma for the military members who’d have to carry out the order. They’re sworn to both obey the Commander-in-Chief and protect and defend the Constitution. If the Commander-in-Chief gives them an unconstitutional order, what exactly are they supposed to do?