Thursday 18 January 2018

Robert Schmuhl: Obama bid for congress support on Syria is a plea for principle over politics

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about Syria
U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about Syria

By requesting Congressional approval to launch military action against Syria for using chemical weapons, Barack Obama will be forced to wage a potentially wounding political battle in Washington before he delivers any order to strike abroad.

For the president, it's a high-stakes domestic gamble with large-scale international implications.

Ever since Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in 2011, Mr Obama has dealt with Congress at arm's length. In a hyperpartisan environment, the White House, whenever possible, manoeuvres around the House and the Senate to reach many of its objectives.

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