Sept. 1, 0710 CDT: David Gregory just said on NBC News' morning newscast that Obama has made up his mind to attack Syria and that he will order it no matter what Congress votes.
This has all the ingredients of a Constitutional nightmare in the making.
Update: FoxNews reported the same thing at the same time. These reports are not reporters' opinions when two outlets as diverse as NBC and FNC are saying so at the same time. The White House told them that. In fact,
However, the aide insisted the request for Congress to vote did not supplant the president’s earlier decision to use force in Syria, only delayed its implementation.I have to wonder how members of Congress of either party feel now that they've learned their votes on the matter are not actually relevant to the president.
“That’s going to happen, anyway,” the source told Fox News, adding that that was why the president, in his Rose Garden remarks, was careful to establish that he believes he has the authority to launch such strikes even without congressional authorization.
Other senior administration officials, outside of the Department of State, would not confirm as much, telling reporters only that the door had been left open for the president to proceed without congressional authorization.
The hard question is whether any senior Democrat members of either or both the House and Senate will rein in the president. Because he will certainly ignore Republican protests.