WASHINGTON - John Boehner, speaker of US House of Representatives, stated on Tuesday that he supported US President Barack Obama for his call to authorize a military strike in Syria.
WASHINGTON – John Boehner, speaker of US House of Representatives, stated on Tuesday that he supported US President Barack Obama for his call to authorize a military strike in Syria.
Speaking after a meeting in White House, Boehner expressed his support for Obama’s military intervention against the Syrian regime, which strenghtened the possibility of getting a permission from the Congress.
He told reporters US must respond to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons and added that only US had the capability and the capacity to stop Assad and warn others around the world that such actions will not be tolerated.
Obama had come together on Tuesday with 16 officials in a White House meeting, accompanied by vice president Joe Biden, National Security Center advisor Susan Rice, US Secretary of State John Kerry and US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.
Obama had said that he believed faithfully that congress would give a full support for a military intervention in Syria.
Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives, also stated they should support a military intervention in Syria, by saying Assad regime ‘crossed the line.’
The US Congress is split on whether to give the green light for launching a military strike on Syria.
On one hand, there are the ultra conservative Tea Party members and Liberals who are against military action against Syria. They argue that there should be no military intervention in Syria and the President’s plan is too comprehensive.
While some anti-war Democrats are against any military intervention, Tea Party members are against a military action unless there is a “direct threat” to the US.
Although Obama stated that military action would be very limited and no US soldiers would be deployed on Syrian land and enter open-ended wars, the fact that this is not included in the written request for authorization has become a cause of concern for this group.
However, the Obama administration is determined to compromise and stated that they were ready to renegotiate their plan. Therefore, it is a matter of curiosity whether the anti-war group would change their minds if the scope of military action were made much more clear and recorded in writing.
The second group in the Congress is comprised of members who argue that the authorization is too limited. This group is headed by senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who are members of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
The third and perhaps largest group in the Congress is composed of members who are still undecided on the issue.