After having already falsely claimed to have the authority to launch a war against Syria without congressional approval — let alone a declaration of war, as required by the Constitution — Obama is now brazenly threatening that he may attack whether Congress votes to support it or not. Amid solidifying opposition to the scheme in Congress and among the public, multiple news reports have suggested that lawmakers are set to delay the vote — or possibly even not hold it at all if Obama’s war plans look certain to be crushed. Obama, however, said he had not made up his mind on whether to listen to Congress.
By Monday afternoon, numerous media reports and statements by officials from belligerent governments on both sides of the conflict — Russia, Syria, Iran, the United States, and France — suggested there may be a way to defuse tensions. Following a remark by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry about having the Syrian regime surrender its chemical weapons to “international authorities” to avoid a U.S. military strike on Syria, authorities from Russia, Iran, France, and Syria seized the potential opportunity.
The Assad regime promptly expressed its willingness to submit, as the Russian government announced a formal proposal. French authorities, meanwhile, said they would prepare a resolution for the United Nations Security Council putting the scheme into effect. The dictatorships ruling Iran and China, both of which have been supporting the Syrian dictator to varying degrees, also agreed to support the new measure. Despite having suggested the scheme in the first place, however, the Obama administration sounded hesitant about endorsing it while continuing to seek congressional support for war — not that it will mean anything, at least according to the president’s assertions.
Speaking to NBC, Obama argued that having the international community monitor and eventually destroy Assad’s chemical weapons “could potentially be a significant breakthrough.” “I think you have to take it with a grain of salt, initially,” he continued during one of his many TV interviews aimed at building some semblance of public support for war. “We’re going to make sure that we see how serious these proposals are.”
Despite news about the potential for the supposed deal and Obama’s stated willingness to consider the scheme, however, the U.S. administration continued to beat the war drums as late as Monday evening. During a sales pitch to the compliant establishment media and supposedly the American people, the president acknowledged he was not “confident” that lawmakers were ready to submit to his demands on approving “authorization of force.” The Senate has already “delayed” its vote, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday, amid growing bipartisan opposition to more war. In the House, no date has yet been set.
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