According to Reuters, and my last posting of August 30, entitled "Syria: With Cameron Losing Vote in House for Joint US/UK Op, Washington Naively Goes it Alone," President Barack Obama seemingly has in recent days decided to seek House approval of his solo airstrike on Syria, now that the British House of Commons has said "no" to Prime Minister David Cameron.
COMMENT: The President's strategy is a prudent one, as the jury is still out in terms of whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad actually ordered the use of chemical weapons on his own people.
Thus, it is wise for President Obama to seek Congressional approval, not to mention that of the American people, before ordering a preemptive strike on a country that has close ties with Russia, Iran and even China.
From all indications, the House will consider the Syrian action during the week of September 9, thus giving al-Assad even more time to prepare for the strike.
Interestingly, Representative Peter King (R-NY) was quoted as saying that President Obama does not need Congressional approval to authorize a strike on Syria."
No doubt President Obama is seeking Congressional approval to conduct his airstrike on Syria on the off-chance that an attack on the al-Assad regime goes terribly wrong: strategically, politically or economically. That way, the President will have members of the House in the "bath-tub" with him, to share in the blame.