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September 5, 2013

Obama wise to seek Congress' counsel

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That’s why Obama decided to seek congressional approval before launching cruise missiles and other weapons into Syria. If Congress rejects the president, it would be a major embarrassment, but if it approves, his hand is strengthened immeasurably.

By adhering to the War Powers Act by seeking Congress’ OK, Obama’s move strengthens not only his hand but American democracy.

We live in a very impatient society, with shrill voices wanting instant action, instant gratification. Amid this, Obama has chosen to take his time and gather support. If he succeeds, it could turn out to be brilliant politics as well as a necessary move to prevent future use of poison gas and ensure United States credibility.

We urge our New York members of Congress to vote for approval.

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