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TBone asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 6 years ago

Does Obama legally have to go to congress to ok Syria strikes? Haven't US presidents just given the order?

7 Answers

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago
    Best Answer

    The War Powers Act limits the power of the President to conduct war but doesn't prevent it. In general, the President can commit troops for 60 days without any consultation with Congress. This has been done many times since the enactment of the Act.


    President Ford submitted a report to Congress as a result of the Mayaguez incident.

    President Reagan deployed a number of U.S. military advisors to El Salvador but submitted no report to Congress.

    President Reagan sent a force of Marines to Lebanon.

    President Reagan sent forces to Grenada before reporting or consulting with Congress.

    President Bush took the position that he did not need "authority" from Congress to carry out the United Nations resolutions against Iraq in 1990.

    President G. W. Bush received authorization to invade Iraq only after all diplomatic efforts failed. There is some argument whether he exhausted diplomatic means.

  • 6 years ago

    Then Senator Obama said then President Bush did have to but then President Obama bombed Libya without it. This is what happens when you have a community organizer rather then a leader.

  • 6 years ago

    He doesn't ONLY IF the US has been attacked or threatened. Neither is the case with respect to Syria. The answer is therefore, "yes, he does."

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    He found himself in a very messy situation with no easy solution and his political advisers suggested he put the decision off to congress for political cover...my take anyway....in other words he punted to someone else.

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  • 6 years ago

    He placed it with the GOP. Canny move. Let them deal with the political fallout here or back home.

  • 6 years ago

    The political section is that way ------>

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