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The president has put himself in a very tough position here obviously in the -- of this war two and a half years now a 100000 deaths.
He laid out -- red line last year about chemical weapons are a number of other incidences and I think we're playing catch up ball here.
And the -- the problem here is obviously is that what's strategic objective I don't think we have a comprehensive policy on Syria.
And I think that's what people are wondering what happen.
Happens after this so -- punish Syria effort for doing this.
-- that they use them again yeah what happens if congress doesn't authorize use of force and what I think is is richly.
Hypocritical -- the fact is that how many times he's felt -- was important to go through the United Nations.
Like for Libya.
And this time is not going through the United Nations but -- becoming -- congressman Libya he -- the united nation didn't come to congress so I mean there's just -- really and that.
-- and unfortunately it's of their own doing.
Well what's gonna happen.
Well it's not quite clear the president's got a couple of days he's gonna he's coming back here he's skipping a trip to California.
Not to lobby people I think he probably -- members of congress from from Air Force One.
But he's got he's got a lot to a lot to do -- this may have slipped away from him by the time he gets back to talk to the nation.
Suppose that's going to happen on Tuesday of course -- subject to change.
-- sage -- no Chris.
Chris there is no exception in that quote the president must consult congress before introducing US armed forces into hostilities.
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Comes back and these -- people who wisely as evidenced by their.
But they're Smart conversation follow me on Twitter at see several generations six -- says according to judge -- the war powers act is unconstitutional on its face.
Help us understand the role of war powers act -- does the president have congress says in the in the resolution that was just introduced on the floor of the senate.
They say the president has the authority to do this anyway but we're proposing to to endorse his actions.
Well I'm not a constitutional lawyers I don't wanna get across calling you that right okay Eric across rid of that from his.
From a -- -- standpoint practical standpoint for security analysts think the current -- -- resolution parallels the war powers act.
We says that the president has sixty days.
To introduce American forces into battle of the suspects in 1973 and Gulf of Tonkin.
You know the Vietnam War.
And -- has thirty days to withdraw them so what they basically said as you can you can undertake military actions for sixty days without getting further authorization.
With the potential -- it and it -- standing next to another thirty days way that the challenge here is is that -- On the -- you know this was -- drafted by some people that are supporting taking a strike.
We -- you know and people are saying -- congress has the right of the constitution declare war is this war.
Or is this a limited military action.
Comes down to definitions it's like a rorschach ink blot -- -- IDC a bunny here BC alliance and in many cases these things are open to a travellers.
Probably depends on -- side of the -- deal.
Well and of course congress and was cut off the funding fight that's another thing member Parcells power -- -- -- today at some point they can put it builds a while the president's -- -- -- somebody saying.
No you know no more funds will be used for the purposes of bombing Syria.
And the White House is.
That muddying the waters a little bit as it relates to you a little bit a little bit -- as it relates to as it relates to.
Whether or not he would use.
Absent congressional approval today.
As the president has said he has the authority to act because intention isn't it is too.
Do show with the approval of congress -- he said in Sweden he believes they will vote to authorize -- use military force.
And I'm not going to speculate on the president's decision making if they don't -- we think -- well so that's not really an answer.
No I mean look if they're not going to -- -- -- don't know what's gonna happen he obviously wanted that the congress to approve the military strike but I was kind of a master stroke on his part.
On Saturday kind of moving back against John Kerry -- John Kerry was saying on Friday and his co -- the congress so here if congress says no he is an option to say I'm gonna follow the constitution can follow congress' a presidential.
-- advice here and I'm not gonna bomb I think tied my hands but if congress goes along in -- -- comes amassed.
He's also co -- them so you can share the blame with that it looks tremendously cynical.
It really does it looks like a situation which you have the president.
Who everyone -- now.
Johnny -- is pointing out here again.
That this actually comes after section two which requires consultation can't be any clear I think the point of ambiguity -- of ambiguity here is that if the president says there's an imminent threat to the United States he can take action to prevent it.
That there's there's enough there's enough wiggle room that with a complicit congress can complicit congressional leadership if they're not gonna column on it.
The commander she doesn't want his hands tied right.
But the but the question is you know what I see in this is -- president who.
At least can make.
Mean in Libya certainly the argument that he could act without congressional authorization.
That he did that in this case he wants it and if they he doesn't get -- he's not going to act even though he says it's necessary to actually -- -- some sort of approval the one will give it to him he really wanted to go to UN first -- the idea is that you know it is only two reasons you can injuring under international law where you can actually use force one is self defense.
The other is if fund you have the approval of UN Security Council which would see a threat.
To peace and stability somewhere in the world he's not going to get.
That's from the US was looking for somebody to give them cover this is about political cover if he got -- from the you land if Russia and China were on board he'd probably do that he likes -- the -- did left likes the UN likes -- sort of cover but he can't who's gonna come back to congress I don't know what I can do because you can either one of those.
I'm -- he feels like he needs do something.
Any feels like if he doesn't that is going to lead all sorts of other bad consequences the problem is if he does -- you could also lead to.
All all sorts of other consequences.
-- -- get to a point of agreement on stage who says I agree that.
The government will ignore the law regardless of what it's eight feet and just cynicism is the portal through a understands Washington it's -- -- -- -- Peter we thank you for making a little -- -- -- -- -- Jeremy thanks.
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