- Posted August 31, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Are chemical weapons a ‘red line’?
Obama's Finest Address
President Obama gave indications that he would allow our Representatives in Congress to keep his personal opinion and will in check.
Then he publically took his case to us. His reasoning for wanting to strike at the Syrian government is very strong. He made outstanding points. He showed some emotion but kept it in check and to me looked very Presidential - more Presidential than I have ever seen him. He came to the American people, those he was elected to lead, made his case and asked us to lead us in the direction he wants to go.
He almost convinced me. Almost. But my vote is still no. However, if our Congress votes to give him that authorization to strike I will not be happy with it, but I will support it.
There are those political analysts already saying President Obama is taking a huge risk. I do not see it that way. What is the risk? That he might not get to do what he wants to do? If our Congress does not authorizes the President to act with military force on Syria then that is a win for the President, a win for Congress, and a win for us. We would collectively as a nation tell the whole world what we will do.
If Congress gives the President the authority to strike, then it is still a win for the President, a win for Congress, and a win for us. We would collectively as a nation tell the whole world what we will do.
I just hope that if our Congress votes no that President Obama will honor that vote just as Prime Minister David Cameron is going to honor the vote of their Parliament.
No matter our political affiliation or ideology we need to back up our President's feelings of outrage and desire to do something and we need to back up his decision to go to Congress for authorization. Then we need to back up our Congress no matter what they decide.