Polls Show Americans Demand Obama Get Congressional Approval For Syria Airstrikes


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Earlier today President Obama refused to rule out the possibility of authorizing military action in Syria even without Congressional authorization. Instead he told reporters at a press conference in St. Petersburg that "I think it would be a mistake for me to jump the gun and speculate because, right now, I'm working to get as much support as possible out of Congress." Subsequent the press conference, Tony Blinken, a top White House aid told National Public Radio the President does not intend to authorize US military force in Syria without Congressional backing, contending "The president of course has the authority to act, but it's neither his desire nor his intention to use that authority absent Congress backing him."

Despite reassurance from Blinken, there is still reason to believe the president may unilaterally act without Congressional approval. However, recent polls suggest this would be a mistake. A recent NBC/WSJ poll found 79 percent of Americans agreed the president must receive Congressional approval before authorizing airstrikes against Syria. Only 16 percent thought Obama does not need Congressional approval to intervene.

An Economist/YouGov poll dug deeper finding that 41 percent believe the "President must always get Congressional approval prior to the use of force." At the same time, a similar share (38 percent) tolerate greater subjective power to the president agreeing that the "President should get Congressional approval when possible, but should not be required to get approval in emergencies." The issue with Syria is that only 21 percent of the public views the Syrian civil war as an immediate threat to US national security. Polls already consistently find broad opposition to military intervention in Syria. Without Congressional approval of airstrikes, President Obama risks further alienating the American public.

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  1. Will he care? No.

  2. When you’ve got Charles Krauthammer suggesting that Congress should turn down this war, you know you’ve lost the public.…..rauthammer

    1. It sounds like Krauthammer’s only grievance with Dear Leader is that Dear Leader’s WARBONER is only a semi-chub. Krauthammer wants the WARBONER so pumped full of a cialis/viagra/levitra cocktail that it includes full on “liberation”, occupation, and annihilation of every man woman and child holding a knife within a 500 mile radius of Damascus.

      1. That Obama has no plan and no end state or what constitutes victory, is a pretty legitimate reason to vote No.

        1. For some, it’s an excellent reason to vote yes.

      2. To a large extent, it is. But, the essence of the critique, that this entire venture lacks any coherent strategy beyond assuaging the President’s ego, is equally applicable to an anti-war position.

  3. The Constitution, let’s begin,
    The Constitution, makes me grin.
    We have a mission to declare a war.
    We’re gonna teach them wrong from right,
    We’re gonna help them see the light.
    And make an offer that they can’t refuse.

    1. I was sitting here on Reason / I was minding my own business / I was chatting quietly while smoking grass / Then these hawkish persons plunge in / And they throw me in the dungeon / And they shove a huge warboner up my ass / Is that considerate? / Is that polite? / And not a tube of Preparation-H in sight!

  4. “The president of course has the authority to act, but it’s neither his desire nor his intention to use that authority absent Congress backing him.”

    “The president wouldn’t dare consider starting a war without congressional approval unless for some reason they decide not to give it to him.”

  5. It would be a lot more heartening if the headline read: “Polls demand that Congress Disapprove Obama seeking Syria Airstikes” but, alas, I’ve never had much faith in my countrymen.

    1. I haven’t seen a poll asking me whether I want the entire administration and Congress to resign. Because I have an opinion.

      1. There’s this decent article from The Onion,…../?ref=auto , which is fine except they couldn’t resist getting a shot in at Rand Paul.

        1. Rand is quickly becoming the object of the most intense and virulent hate among those who simply take marching orders from Top. Men. It’s hilarious, “oh his dad is cool” but they fail to realize that Rand is pretty much a carbon copy of his dad policy wise, just has that southern drawl they viscerally object to and is trying to be palatable to the base of the GOP in order to ensure a modicum of electoral possibility.

          1. Which brings up an important point: Rand Paul will be a much stronger contender in the Republican primaries than his father was, but he will face a tougher time drawing in independent voters.

            1. …in the general election.

              1. I’m not so sure. Most of us here are folks who read a lot about politics and read from (and complain about) most of the other people who read a lot about politics. The Republicans have a habit of going with the guy who a lot of people who read a lot about politics like. And they’re the ones, particularly on TEAM BLUE, who detest Rand Paul. But, Joe Sixpack doesn’t read a lot about politics. He pays attention in the last month or so before the election. And Paul has an annoying habit of being right and standing on principles that a lot of people who don’t read a lot about politics believe in. Finally, and maybe this is superficial, but Rand Paul may be one of the best speakers in our generation. Most politicians look at being a great public speaker as soaring oratory. But, I’m not sure that’s true. I think a great public speaker is a guy who can speak to a million people and make everyone in the crowd feel like he’s their smart neighbor telling them what he thinks about something. Paul seems to do that.

          2. “oh his dad is cool”

            For these douchenozzles his dad is cool because he never had a snowball’s chance in hell of getting the nomination. He was safe for them to like and not really jeopardize their loyalty to TEAM BLUE. If his dad had gotten the nomination, he’d be Adolph Hitler’s evil twin.

  6. “Tony Blinken, a top White House aid told National Public Radio the President does not intend to authorize US military force in Syria without Congressional backing..” but he’d like to consult with Tommy Wynkin and Johnny Nod before giving a definitive answer.

  7. Would be more encouraging if there weren’t also polls indicating that the majority of Americans will vote to return their masters representatives to Congress no matter what the fuck happens.

    1. That’s all that matters. Congress may have a single digit approval rating, but with very few exceptions they’ll still get reelected. “Oh it’s the Congressmen from other states that suck! My guy is OK! Who else am I going to vote for? Someone from the other party?”

      1. My district has been unopposed in congressional elections for a decade. First it was one guy, then he retired, then his brother started running, who also ran unopposed. I tend to write in random Disney characters, except for 2012, when some guy who changed his name to a website (votefor…I can’t got my vote, even though I know nothing about him.

        1. I have discovered I can accurately predict the outcome of an election by taking the inverse of my ballot.

      2. Nope. My new guy (just moved this year) sucks ass. He responded to my complaint about the NSA issues by telling me that we needed the NSA to spy on us to keep us safe from people like the Boston Bombers. They did a real bang up job on that.

  8. Want to see the most fawning article ever written?

    A dominant Obama meets a cool Putin at G20

    1. There are two words in that headline I would have never thought to combine.

    2. Not really, thanks.

    3. Unbelievable:

      “It looks like Putin’s basically a hotel greeter at a five-star establishment and Obama is coming out of the limo as the important invited guest he’s not particularly thrilled to see.”


      1. They don’t bother hiding the editorial slant in their “news” pieces anymore. Sickening.

    4. I’m gonna pass. Delusion isn’t my cup of tea.

    5. Forget it Jake, it’s NBCtown.

  9. Why are we trusting Congress all of the sudden?

    1. Don’t you ever equate me w those fucks

      1. Congress is your representative. They are you.

  10. 21% say the Syrian civil war is an imminent threat to the US?


    1. What, Bill O’Reilly is casting hundreds of votes?

  11. Polls Show Americans Demand Obama Get Congressional Approval For Syria Airstrikes

    Um, sure. And if he doesn’t… they’ll just hold their breath until they turn blue!

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