Tossing the Syrian debate bomb to Congress to some makes President Obama appear weak. I don’t get that argument.
Congress has stood in the way of nearly everything President Obama has wanted to accomplish since the first term. Now, with several years remaining and a midterm election just around the corner, his asking Congress to debate incursion into Syria forces members to go on record with their thoughts and views.
They say it is risky for him because Congress may not back up his inclination to punish Syria for using chemical weapons. Some believe that America appears weak in the process because we are timid and deliberate.
I say, what a refreshing change from “all-in” preemptive war mongering.
The world is not black or white. There are shades of gray. The art of being President is knowing when to employ moderation, and when to seek collaboration and bipartisan support.
If Congress balks at engaging Syria as they well may, they would be aligned with Parliament that opposed Prime Minister Cameron. The would be in opposition with France and President Hollande. Allies are divided on taking action at this point.
Furthermore, Russia still backs Syrian President Bashar al Assad because he is the elected President and because his government is more secular than radicalized Islamic rebels.
Syria is a shade of gray. American policy is gray too.
"White House Girds for Battle With Congress on Syria
Wall Street Journal - 19 minutes ago
WASHINGTON—The White House is girding for more than a week of battle with Congress over President Barack Obama's plan to launch limited military strikes against the Syrian regime for its alleged use of chemical weapons last month."