A military strike on Syria is not just a hot button issue around the world, but its causing dissentions in the ranks of the U.S. government as well. The thought of the president making a decision about a military strike on Syria without keeping Congress in the loop prompted House Speaker John Boehner to pen a letter to President Obama asking him to provide some details to Congress before engaging in a strike, according to Yahoo News on Aug. 29.
More specifically Boehner has firmly asked the president to provide potential costs along with legal justification for a decision of moving ahead without congressional resolution, it this is what he does intend to do. In the letter, which was obtained by the Wall Street Journal, Boehner writes:
"[I]t is essential that you provide a clear, unambiguous explanation of how military action ... will secure U.S. objectives and how it fits into your overall policy."
While Boehner sent an individual note to Obama, the president received a group plea from 116 House members. 98 Republicans and 18 Democrats. This group is "seeking congressional authorization for any steps toward retaliation against a Syrian leadership that allegedly used chemical weapons on its own citizens," according to Yahoo News.
The tensions are amped up between the administration and Congress, which is nothing new as the white House and the GOP-led House have been polarized on many issues. It seems that Boehner anticipates the president's next move even before Obama himself has decided whether or not to give the green light to a military strike on Syria without the UN's backing. If the Obama thought he was in a tough place globally, it looks like he may find as much tension on the home front from the House.