Obama Seeks Approval by Congress for Strike in Syria [Photo]
In an abrupt change from his prior course of action, President Obama postponed a military strike against the Syrian government in response to President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons and instead sought out authorization first from a deeply skeptical Congress. In one of the highest-stakes gamble of his presidential career, Obama gave Congress two options: stand by him or allow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad further use of chemical arms. The President has been confronted with a lack of support from the U.N. and the U.S.’ usual ally in such circumstances being Great Britain. The postponement of military action in Syria will extend until after Obama travels to St. Petersburg, Russia for a summit meeting of the Group of 20 nations. With little support from the international community as well as Congress, the future of U.S. intervention in Syria remains to be seen.