President Barack Obama cares little for the Constitution, but he does appear to care for his legacy. So with international support crumbling, a war-weary public rebelling and Congressional support apparently limited to a few neocon warmongers, Obama deferred to Congress on a possible military strike on Syria.
By claiming he held the authority to strike whenever he wanted to regardless of Congress’ wishes, Obama signaled that Article 1, Section 8 holds no meaning. But regardless of his reasoning, Obama made the right call when he decided to present evidence to Congress that Syrian President Bashar Assad gassed his own people.
Despite Obama’s claims to the contrary, Congress has the sole authority to decide when the United States goes to war and against whom. Now it’s up to the people to pressure Congress so that it understands there is no desire for another war and, more importantly, there is no good side to back in that conflict.