BLINK: Prez Buckles: Puts War on the Back Burner Until Congress Reconvenes on September 9
August 31st, 2013
President Barack Obama has back-peddled on threats to strike Syria in response to a chemical attack reportedly initiated by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad which killed hundreds of men, women and children last week.
In a speech this afternoon the President called for a vote in Congress to authorize war, but reserved the right to act without Congressional approval.
Obama says he has the authority to act on his own, but believes it is important for the country to have a debate.
Perhaps he hasn’t been paying attention, because fully 90% of Americans polled earlier this week were against any interference in Syria.
As noted in a previous report, the only reason for why Obama would refrain from striking Syria at this time would likely come as a result of Russia’s Vladimir Putin threatening large-scale retaliation. It seems this is exactly what may have taken place amid widespread reports that Russia was mobilizing forces in the region and that they would respond by striking targets in Saudi Arabia if the U.S. commenced their attack.
The last straw may have been Chinese and Russian officials walking out of a UN Security Council meeting in which Britain and the U.S. attempted to garner support for the strike.
By all indications, President Obama seems to have just gotten the geo-political crap kicked out of him.