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Washington Examiner's Byron York: Obama 'In a Box' on Syria

Tuesday, 10 Sep 2013 05:27 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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President Barack Obama dodged one problem, but still faces another, on how the U.S. should respond to Syria's use of chemical weapons, Byron York, chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner, says.

"Obama has dodged the problem he made for himself by vowing to go to Congress to seek authorization. It looked like he had really boxed himself in, but now they're putting off this vote because of these diplomatic efforts," York told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"The problem is something that he said on Aug. 31st . . . that he's going to seek congressional authorization. [Then] he says, after careful deliberation, I have decided that the U.S. should take military action against Syrian regime targets.

"And he can't really sign on to any sort of deal in which, right at the beginning, he renounces this strategy that he's already said that he believes needs to be pursued and he decided it after careful deliberation. So he's still in a box."

York believes that Obama could still launch military on his own, something other presidents have done.

"Other presidents have taken military actions without seeking the authorization of Congress. It's been done in the past. And if the president had come out after this chemical warfare attack in Syria and said this is what I've decided to do and three hours ago forces of the United States began attacking military regime targets in Syria, some people would have yelled about it," he said.

"But it would have been done and you really wouldn't have had a lot of recourse and it's not like we're going to impeach him over something like that.

"But then he gets in a situation where he promises to go ask for permission, then it looks like he's not going to get it, and the question is,is he going to do it instead which would be infinitely worse politically for him. So it's just nuts."

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