Saturday, August 31, 2013

Obama will ask for immediate approval from Congress for strikes against Syria's WMD capability

President Obama has announced that he will seek immediate approval from Congress for air or missile strikes in Syria. He spoke from the Rose Garden moments ago.

There will be a classified briefing with some of the Senate Sunday September 1, Labor Day weekend.

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CNN seems to think the process could take until about September 9, when Congress is due to return.  The president said that the timing was open ended, much as it was before the Persian Gulf War in 1990-1991 against Saddam Hussein.

Presidents to act without Congressional approval, as Ronald Reagan did with Grenada.

Britain's prime minister Cameron tweeted that he supported Obama, despite the negative vote in the British Parliament.
Right now, “no boots on the ground”. 
The latest CNN story is here. Can the same scenarios evolve later with Iran and North Korea?
The president’s remarks were covered live on Syrian state television. 

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