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AP: Decision to seek Congress approval a “last-minute” Obama change of mind

posted at 3:39 pm on August 31, 2013 by

I had thought that the White House would try to spin Barack Obama’s pledge to seek Congressional authorization as his plan all along.  After all, the President had never publicly declared he didn’t need it, although his aides were certainly telling the press that.  However, the AP reports that this was a change of mind within the last 24 hours:

Senior administration officials say President Barack Obama planned to take military action against Syria without congressional authorization, but told aides Friday night that he changed his mind.

Obama announced to the public Saturday that he wanted to launch a military strike, but that he first would seek approval from lawmakers.

The administration officials described a president overriding all his top national security advisers, who believed Obama had the authority to act on his own.

I suspect the collapse of British support was the final straw for Obama.  That left him much too exposed, and much too isolated abroad to go it alone at home.

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Constant flip flopping is what you get when you elect a man with no moral compass and no principles. Thank you Obama voters.

txhsmom on August 31, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Somehow he will find a way to blame the Republicans in the House for a mess OC his own making.

Turn MD Red on August 31, 2013 at 3:55 PM

“of” not “OC”. STOOPID iPhone.

Turn MD Red on August 31, 2013 at 3:56 PM

The polling must be looking bad.

Lonetown on August 31, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Chance to get bold and wag the dog a bit. But Putin put the fear in him. Plain. Simple.
Oh well. Now, where did we lay all of those scandals?

onomo on August 31, 2013 at 5:28 PM

The polling must be looking bad.

Lonetown on August 31, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Even within Team SCOAMT. I’m guessing the Plugs Biden/Iranian wing has more pull than anybody thought.

Steve Eggleston on August 31, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Krauthammer: “It looks like a president who boxed himself into a corner and is looking for a way out.”

no duh. more “leading from behind.”

I’m glad, though, that he is making the right decision here, even if for his own narcissistic reasons. It is not right to kill people just as an attempt to save face.

G. Charles on August 31, 2013 at 6:05 PM

He is just looking for a scapegoat to blame his failure on. What a putz.

crosshugger on August 31, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Constant flip flopping is what you get when you elect a man with no moral compass and no principles. Thank you Obama voters.

txhsmom on August 31, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Exactly this.

NavyMustang on August 31, 2013 at 6:46 PM

I suspect the collapse of British support was the final straw for Obama

…maybe he should send them a bust of himself!

KOOLAID2 on August 31, 2013 at 7:27 PM

obama is all theater all the time…that’s what celebs do. So, it is up to Rs…if they go along, they lose. If they block then the next time Assad (or the islamists) use CW…well, the Rs lose.

if not for the racist isolationist Rs we could have protected those people and avoided this tragic situation. They are not fit to lead

and besides…for all you dolts here’s you Obamacaare! New this new that…just what the Doc ordered…now you are Free..no more Job Lock

r keller on August 31, 2013 at 7:54 PM

The polling must be looking bad.

Lonetown on August 31, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Yep, I suspect Barry’s last minute change of mind occurred when he saw the reports that 80% of the American public oppose any military intervention in Syria.

Numbers like that have a way of focusing the mind. Barry realized that if he went it alone, he’d truly be alone. No one else to blame. Can’t have that!

AZCoyote on August 31, 2013 at 7:54 PM

I was wondering when they would start the narrative development. You see, President Obama used his great understanding of what is constitutional to “override” his normally very reliable unnamed national security advisors because they didn’t understand but he did. It’s all so admirable.

Dog walker on August 31, 2013 at 8:17 PM

He just announced it because he had nothing else to do before his tee time:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/08/31/Obama-Hits-Golf-Course-After-Announcing-National-Emergency

Fallon on August 31, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Hey, what’d ya get on 17 Mr. President? That second ball off the tee was a rocket!

Dog walker on August 31, 2013 at 8:30 PM

He knows he’s stepped in it, and he wants Congress to give him an out.

CurtZHP on August 31, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Win-win for him, if Congress votes against military action, then he’s off the hook for running his big mouth, if they vote for it, then it’s the Limbaugh Theorm, “Let me be clear, I never specified what the response for Syria crossing the red line would be, Congress made me attack Syria.”

Rogue on August 31, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Wonder how Nick Kristoff and Eugene Robinson feel after just penning columns lauding Obama’s brave, brave decision to go it alone?

The contortions in their next columns should be worthy of the Cirque du Soleil!

drunyan8315 on September 1, 2013 at 12:38 AM

At least he is expert at one thing:

CHICAGO STYLE POLITICS.

(always find a patsy)

FOWG1 on September 1, 2013 at 2:23 AM

He’s now seeking congressional approval only so that when he doesn’t get it he can blame is non response on congress.

bgibbs1000 on September 1, 2013 at 4:27 AM

Like his promises, President Bystander’s red lines are drawn in disappearing ink.

petefrt on September 1, 2013 at 5:05 AM

Wonder how Nick Kristoff and Eugene Robinson feel after just penning columns lauding Obama’s brave, brave decision to go it alone?

The contortions in their next columns should be worthy of the Cirque du Soleil!

drunyan8315 on September 1, 2013 at 12:38 AM

Nick and Gene could not be reached for comment as they were in a serious battle with Dianne Sawyer, Brian Williams, George Stephenopoulos, Chuck Toll, and a host of other lamer streamers over who got to rub the foam hand on Obama next.

onomo on September 1, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Evidently Valarie Jarrett convinced him to cover his big mouth and stupid ass by punting to Congress.

It’s a win-win for King Barry. Congress is stupid enough to say “okay”, The Chosen One gets to fire a couple of cruise missiles, accomplishing nothing. Congress says “No!”, Jug Ears gets to tell his low info, low intelligence supports “Congress stopped me! Again!”

Like I said, either way, it’s a political win-win for King Barry.

GarandFan on September 1, 2013 at 11:50 AM

where’s the scrutiny of the intelligence gathered on who used the gas? As Robert Baer indicated in See No Evil, Clinton’s cuts in the 90s effectively removed CIA operators in the middle east. And there’s no better intelligence than the eyes on location to observe. Why is there so much trust that “phone conversations” prove who used them?

hurricain on September 1, 2013 at 12:03 PM

The administration officials described a president overriding all his top national security advisers, who believed Obama had the authority to act on his own.

Maybe he read my posts about the WPA. His advisers have reading comprehension problems, IF they actually bothered to read it, they would see the only contingency allowing the President to act without authorization is if the US is being attacked in some manner, possibly extending to US citizens abroad or their property.

But Assad has not attacked us, nor has he threatened to do so. Zero knows his attack on Libya was illegal. Would he dare go for two illegal actions?

None of his alleged “proof” contains information about attacking US interests.

dogsoldier on September 1, 2013 at 12:14 PM

To all of Hot Air’s Muslim readers, I’d like to say HotSalamiBacon.

When are you gutless childrapers gonna start defending your satanic religion here?

Akzed on September 1, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Like I said, either way, it’s a political win-win for King Barry.

GarandFan on September 1, 2013 at 11:50 AM

I’m not so sure of that and it sure as hell won’t play that way overseas. His foreign policy credentials are blown to smithereens.

I double dog dare him to just try and go to Cairo and give a speech right about now. Cause the people love him there and all.

HotAirian on September 1, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Or maybe Obama was told Congress would have to appropriate 100s of millions of dollars if he didn’t want them running out of gas and missiles halfway through.

Fenris on September 1, 2013 at 6:25 PM

IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO LEAD FROM BEHIND WHEN YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE COMING TO THE PARTY! OBAMA POLITICS DEMANDS HE HAVE SOMEONE TO TAKE THE BLAME, SO HE GOES TO HIS PATSIES—CONGRESS!

Oracleforhire on September 1, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Have we gotten to the point that we can do a bit of speculation? There are two parts of this equation that are very interesting. First, Arab States led by the Saudis are building a coalition to attack. Second France is not yet out of this. Now, “The What If” the Arab States get it together and France goes it alone with the Arab States go ahead, and find the Smoking gun of chemical use, which is most likely being used by both sides. I just can not imagine the WH briefing if this be made so. This would definitely be an opportunity missed by the Miss-direct, run and hide, cover your own a$$ President.

Recap: The Arab States form a Collation, France Goes it alone as a World Leader, Finds the WMD from Iraq MADE IN Saudi Arabia and shipped to Syria by the Russians.

jpcpt03 on September 2, 2013 at 2:48 PM

The mighty juggling act that the rodeo clown is attempting is starting to get awfully precarious.

retiredeagle on September 2, 2013 at 4:40 PM