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September 4th, 2013 - 10:57 am

No, seriously — I need somebody to parse this:

President Barack Obama said he retains the right to order strikes against Syria even if Congress doesn’t authorize them, but he is seeking approval from U.S. lawmakers because he thinks it will strengthen America’s response.

“We will be stronger as a country in our response if the president and Congress does it together,” Mr. Obama said at a news conference on Wednesday in Stockholm.

Asked whether he would launch strikes in Syria if Congress doesn’t authorize them, the president said: “As commander in chief I always preserve the right and the responsibility to act on behalf of America’s national security. I don’t believe that I was required to take this to Congress. But I did not take this to Congress because I think it’s an empty exercise.”

I can’t make heads nor tails of this, so I’m pretty sure this means that Professor Ditherton Wiggleroom has completely lost the use of his mouth, and all sounds now emanate directly out of his ass.

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"if the president and the congress does it together"... is that ebonics ?
31 weeks ago
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"I did not take this to Congress because I think it’s an empty exercise."
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Although I do think it's an empty exercise, that's not why I took it to Congress.
31 weeks ago
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I think Congress should authorize sending Bo, the First Dog to Syria in his Osprey where he can poop all over Assad's carpets. That'll show 'em!!
32 weeks ago
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To be fair, the Constitution has always been a bit confused on this issue. Especially since the dawn of modern warfare. The President is commander-in-chief and so can order the military to attack, but Congress has the power to declare war. It made sense in the 18th century when war was a distinct state of foreign relations and the peacetime army was incapable of operations. But things are different now, and every President since at least Roosevelt has claimed the power to attack other nations without Congressional consent.

Of course, other Presidents have had the intelligence to not be jackasses about it.
32 weeks ago
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Yeah, Reagan did it twice -- against Grenada and Libya. The Libya strike of course was in direct retaliation for the killing of American soldiers, at a time when we thought we knew where to blow up the sonovab---- who did it. In Grenada, the Cubans were building an airfield for Soviet jets during one of the tensest years of the Cold War.

Both of those deserve a pass.

Syria has not attacked us, and does not seem likely to serve as a base for those who would attack us. Not, that is, unless the al Qaeda-led fighters win the civil war there.
32 weeks ago
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This Obama guy, he sure acts like a wannabe tinpot dictator, doesn't he? I'm sure Leaky-Eye Boehner and Co. will happily oblige and give him what he's pretending to ask for and abide by.

32 weeks ago
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I'd call him a buffoon, but that would be an insult to buffoons around the world.
32 weeks ago
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I'll give it a shot:

"I'll do what I want, when I want, and f*ck all you peasants."
32 weeks ago
32 weeks ago Link To Comment
By George, I think you've got it.
32 weeks ago
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It means he wants to be able to blame congress when this all backfires.
32 weeks ago
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It means if Congress doesn't give him what he wants, he will violate the Constitution and do it anyway.
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