This may be one of those few times when the president ignores the poll numbers, not to mention several members of Congress.
Well, it’s obvious today that President Obama doesn’t believe he needs congressional approval to launch air strikes against Syria.
What did candidate Obama say in 2007?
“The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.
“As Commander-in-Chief, the President does have a duty to protect and defend the United States. In instances of self-defense, the President would be within his constitutional authority to act before advising Congress or seeking its consent. History has shown us time and again, however, that military action is most successful when it is authorized and supported by the Legislative branch.”