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August 31, 2013 8:35 pm

Obama to Seek Congressional Approval for Syria Strike

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Independent – Pulling back from the brink, a lonely President Barack Obama said last night that he would attempt to wrest authorisation from the US Congress before ordering military strikes over Syria – thereby putting an unexpected brake on what had seemed like impending action.

Mr Obama made clear that he had the authority to order a strike in response to the Assad regime using chemical weapons against civilians, and stands ready to do so at any time. But announcing a delay that stunned many, he pledged: “I will seek authorisation for the use of force from the American people’s representatives in Congress. We should have this debate because the issues are too big for business as usual.”

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  • Obama shows Netanyahu that Israel is truly alone

    In Syria, Iran and Lebanon, the president’s decision to seek Congressional approval for a military strike is recognized as proof of weakness and hesitancy. In Jerusalem too. Rabbi dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

  • President Obama made a statement about not allowing Syria to go past a red line. I am not judging whether Syria should be bombed or not, but I am saying that when the president of the United States speaks the credibility of the country is at stake. We are the laughing stock of the world as our President daily changes his mind.

    To those who voted for President Obama, this is a man who cannot make up his mind. He has now thrown the issue to congress, which he said he would not do.

    Iran is the cancer, Syria is the symptom.

  • TO THOSE THAT VOTED FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA, THIS IS WHAT YOU GET

    ATTACK IRAN NOT SYRIA. CAN ISRAEL RELY ON OBAMA? RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG, FORMERLY CHAIRMAN RABBIS FOR ROMNEY. I WARNED YOU.

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