Obama wants to start a war in Syria, with or without Congress
President Barack Obama is set to, once again, ignore Congress and begin launching military strikes inside Syria without consultation from lawmakers, a move which threatens to set an already unstable region aflame. The Assad government has made it abundantly clear that it will consider any military activity by the United States inside Syria an act of war.
“President Obama is prepared to use U.S. military airstrikes in Syria as part of an expanded campaign to defeat the Islamic State and does not believe he needs formal congressional approval to take that action, according to people who have spoken with the president in recent days,” reports the Washington Post.
President Obama is scheduled to deliver a speech tonight, during which he will make the case for the United States to launch air strikes inside Syria with the intention of eliminating ISIS targets, which themselves have been armed by some of the biggest United States allies in the region.
By using ISIS as a justification to begin a military campaign in Syria, president Obama is set to accomplish what his administration failed to achieve last year after the chemical weapons attack in Ghouta was blamed on the Assad government, despite a subsequent MIT report which concluded the incident was more likely the work of US-backed rebels.
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