CNSNews.com Best of The Week

September 6, 2013 - 10:34 AM

We take a look at the developments of a possible U.S. military strike in Syria in this CNSNews.com Best of The Week.

President Barack Obama on Saturday asked Congress to support a strike punishing Bashar Assad's regime for the alleged use of chemical weapons. At the same time the president insisted he does not need congressional authorization to order the U.S. military to commit acts of war in Syria.

A year ago, President Barack Obama used the phrase "red line" twice, to make the point that Syria's use of chemical weapons "would change my calculations significantly" on intervening in the civil war.

But on Wednesday, Obama told reporters, "First of all, I didn't set a red line. The world set a red line.”

Secretary of State John Kerry went before lawmakers in Washington to argue for military intervention. Kerry says President Obama has not told him what he will do if Congress does not vote in favor of a military strike in Syria, but reiterated the president’s assertion that he does not need congressional authorization before initiating action.

Kerry has called the use of chemical weapons in Syria a “moral obscenity”. But he also has previously argued against applying morals to military commitments.

“I don’t think the United States – and I think that is the biggest problem about Vietnam - can necessarily apply moral, moralisms to its commitments around the world,” Kerry said on television in 1971.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) says he supports the president’s plan for a military strike on Syria and his colleagues “should support this call for action.”

The majority of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee seems to agree authorizing a limited military operation against the Assad regime.

Seven Democrats and three Republicans voted for the resolution, while five Republicans and two Democrats voted against. Massachusetts Democrat Sen. Edward Markey voted “present.”

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