Wall Street Journal -- WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama said Saturday he is prepared to take military action if necessary against Syria for the alleged use of chemical weapons against its own people, but said he will seek authorization from Congress before moving forward.
"This menace must be confronted," Mr. Obama vowed in an address from the White House Rose Garden, arguing for using force to punish the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Not acting, he said, "risks making a mockery of the global prohibition on the use of chemical weapons."
"I'm ready to act in the face of this outrage. Today I am asking Congress to send a message to the world that we are ready to move forward together as one nation," Mr. Obama said.
The president has faced criticism on the political left and right, with some lawmakers arguing against a military response and others demanding more information about any U.S. mission in advance of a presidential order. House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio), in particular, had pushed Mr. Obama to consult with Congress about his plans for military action.
Mr. Obama said he's talked with leaders in Congress and they've agreed to schedule a debate on using force as soon as they return from their August recess on Sept. 9, though lawmakers could be called back earlier.
The president said the effectiveness of any U.S. military strike, which he vowed would be limited, is "not time sensitive."
"It could be effective tomorrow, or next week or one month from now," Mr. Obama said. He said he is aware that the United Nations and some countries may not agree with his decision. He said he's prepared to go forward without their approval.
Blog author's comments - Barack Obama should stay out of Syria period! Whatever he does now is only for show. He is stalling but he feels he has to do something. He said he would punish the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for supposedly using chemical weapons against the rebel forces who are attempting to oust him. Obama said he would take action without Congressional approval. Now he is asking for the okay from Congress so if he creates a mess for the United States he can place much of the blame on Congress.
Most of us should know...except for the low-information people...just how swell things have turned out when he pushed to remove the dictators in Egypt and Libya. In Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood took control of the country and Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood was elected president. Now the Egyptian people and army have removed president Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood is fighting to regain control, and the country is in chaos.
In Libya al-Qaeda was behind the attack on the American Embassy in Benghazi in which the American Ambassador and three other Americans were murdered. Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did nothing to help those who died. The Obama administration has put this behind them and those responsible for the attack and murders have never been brought to justice. Obama referred to the murdered Americans in Libya as 'bumps in the road.'
Obama waited too long if he intended to do anything in Syria. He should leave it alone because he could very well create much bigger problems than now currently exist within the Middle-East. Obama also thought he would have the help and support of the UK but the British parliament voted that down. I repeat, stay out of Syria, nothing good can come from whatever Obama does there.
And Now He's Looking For a Way Out