WASHINGTON, DC (CBSDFW.COM) — President Obama said Saturday that he has decided the U.S. should take military action against the Syrian regime in retaliation for its use of chemical weapons.
He also promised to seek congressional approval after lawmakers return from their recess Sept. 9.
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz responded shortly after, commending the President for seeking congressional approval. However, Cruz does take issue with the President citing “international norms” as a reason for the strike.
Here is the full statement released by Sen. Cruz.
“I commend President Obama for listening to bi-partisan calls for him to seek congressional authority before any possible use of force against Syria. Given that the President did not request an emergency session of Congress, that must mean that he agrees there is no imminent threat requiring the Commander in Chief to act without consulting the representatives of the American people.
I remain concerned that the mission proposed by the President is not in furtherance the vital national security interests of the United States. To date I have heard a great deal from the administration about punishing Bashir al-Assad for violating an “international norm” through the use of chemical weapons, and that this is why we must act against him. Abstract notions about international norms should never displace U.S. sovereignty to act, or refuse to act, for our national security.
Assad’s murderous actions have claimed the lives of more than a hundred thousand of his own people, which is a humanitarian tragedy. But our chief strategic concern should not be international norms; it should be preventing the chemical weapons from falling into the hands of al Qaeda or other terrorists who might use them against us and our allies.
It is now incumbent upon President Obama to make his case and persuade Congress that his plan is necessary, and the best course to preserve our security and protect our liberties. Like the President, I welcome this debate and I agree this is an issue of the highest seriousness that transcends partisan politics.”
U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) also issued a statement, saying the President must now make a compelling case to get the approval of Congress.
“The president made the right decision to seek authorization from Congress for military action in Syria. Now he must make a compelling case – clearly laying out how military action is in the best interest of our national security and credibility abroad and putting forth a clear and detailed plan of action – to receive the approval of Congress.”
President Obama stated that he does not believe he is required by law to seek Congressional approval, but that America will be “stronger” if he does.
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