The big news from Obama’s press conference today in Syria is Obama saying Syria (and presumably the chemical weapons attack – his red line) ‘may not be an imminent’ threat to the use, but could be in the future. The only legal mechanism Obama has to strike without Congressional approval is in the event of an “imminent threat” to the U.S. For some reason, I hear no one mentioning that admission. Fox News has just announced Senator John McCain will not support the Senate draft resolution on attacking Syria. McCain has reportedly said the resolution is not “strong” enough. Sorry I do not have a link to give you for both statements but will link when and if I find them online.
All this is happening a year after issuing an ultimatum to the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria against the use of chemical or biological weapons. When the President of the United States issues an ultimatum to another sovereign nation, he should know in advance what he is going to do if that ultimatum is rejected.
But that is not the way Barack Obama operates. Like so many people who are masters of lofty words, he does not pay nearly as much attention to mundane realities. Campaigning is his strong suit. Governing is not.
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