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Sen. Ted Cruz: I Don’t Think President Obama ‘Has the Authority’ to Order Syria Strike
ABCNews.com ^ | Sep 8, 2013 10:11am | Benjamin Bell

Posted on 09/08/2013 8:27:45 AM PDT by SoConPubbie

Contradicting President Obama’s assertion, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said this morning on “This Week” that the president does not have the authority to order a military strike on Syria without Congressional approval.

“I don’t think he has the authority,” Cruz told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

“It would be contrary to the Constitution,” he added later, when Stephanopoulos asked him if acting without Congressional approval would be an impeachable offense, as some republicans have suggested.

President Obama said last month that while he was in favor of a military strike on Syria and believed he could order one without Congressional authorization, he would seek the approval of Congress before he ordered military strikes against the Middle Eastern nation for its alleged use of chemical weapons last month that the United States says killed close to 1,500 people, including more than 400 children.

The president will address the American people Tuesday night in a nationally televised addressed. The day before, he’ll sit down for interviews with the country’s five major networks and PBS.

An unofficial tally by ABC News suggest that a resolution to strike Syria would fail in the House of Representatives and a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll found that nearly 6 in 10 Americans opposed a unilateral U.S strike on Syria.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; Politics/Elections; Russia; US: Texas; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: cruz; iran; israel; lebanon; maheralassad; russia; tedcruz; texas; thebrotherdidit; unitedkingdom; waronterror

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1 posted on 09/08/2013 8:27:45 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie; ken5050; stephenjohnbanker; LUV W; Patty; itssme; BuckeyeTexan; Jane Long; ...

Ted Cruz Ping!


2 posted on 09/08/2013 8:28:15 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

Cruz is right!


3 posted on 09/08/2013 8:29:35 AM PDT by SUSSA
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To: SoConPubbie

Cruz is right, as usual.

I heard he was going pheasant shooting with Steve King in Iowa next week. Wish I could go.


4 posted on 09/08/2013 8:29:56 AM PDT by Viennacon (E)
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To: SoConPubbie

He doesn’t have the authority to do a lot of things, but that hasn’t stopped him, he will do what he wants, when he wants, because NO ONE is going to stop him, not dems, not republicans, not “we the people”, dems don’t care, repubs are sitting on their hands looking the other way and “we the people” are not being heard, our representatives and this administration do not care what “we the people” want.


5 posted on 09/08/2013 8:30:02 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: SoConPubbie

6 posted on 09/08/2013 8:30:38 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: SoConPubbie
If he had ordered the strike, before saying he was going to Congress, and citing the War Powers Act..there would have been a little dust-up over his authority to do so, but it would have blown over in a few days. Now, by asking Congress to approve it, and assuming Congress refuses, to then go ahead would be in effect inviting impeachment.

Maybe that's what he wants..

7 posted on 09/08/2013 8:31:42 AM PDT by ken5050 (According to Dick Lugar, I'm a "random outlier." Woo Hoo!!!!)
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To: SoConPubbie

I don’t think a president should be able to order military action without congressional approval unless the nation, our soldiers, or embassies are attacked.

Sadly it appears that those are the only times Obama doesn’t want military action.


8 posted on 09/08/2013 8:32:59 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SoConPubbie

Good grief. For decades, we listened to the Democrats make fun of “The Domino Theory”. Now, the Democrats want us to think they believe in a domino theory for the Middle East? Hahahahahahahahahahahaha! Put some syrup on that theory Democrats, and eat it!


9 posted on 09/08/2013 8:37:42 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SoConPubbie

Since when has hussein even appeared to give a rat’s backside about the Constitution? He is going to do what he wants, lie about it, and blame others for his inevitable failures.


10 posted on 09/08/2013 8:41:47 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: rockabyebaby

Makes you wonder why the lackeys in the federal government are so afraid of this POSOTUS. Maybe it has to do with the fact that almost ALL of the politcians in the federal government are in bed with the people who pull obama’s strings. We’re way past the point of pitchforks and torches.


11 posted on 09/08/2013 8:43:34 AM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: ken5050
Now, by asking Congress to approve it, and assuming Congress refuses, to then go ahead would be in effect inviting impeachment.
Maybe that's what he wants..


Could be. The media would lionize him as a martyr to the big bad, puritanical, witch-hunting, Limbaugh listening Republicans. It would be the only way I can think of to play the race card on the issue of Syria.

With Obama it is always about his ego and how he can look better than his political rivals. He doesn't care about the country or is working to destroy is; probably both.

12 posted on 09/08/2013 8:47:13 AM PDT by Idaho_Cowboy (Ride for the Brand. Joshua 24:15)
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To: SoConPubbie; All

5:46 Minutes
Sen. Ted Cruz Makes the Case Against Attacking Syria on This Week with George Stephanopoulos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnsS0ozbFbI


13 posted on 09/08/2013 8:50:34 AM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: SoConPubbie
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14 posted on 09/08/2013 8:52:04 AM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.http://img849.imageshack.us/)
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To: ken5050

It will be more then impeachment. He will do nothing. Muslims have a long memory. O is in the office now but in a few years he will be ex-president and he knows this.


15 posted on 09/08/2013 8:54:48 AM PDT by QQQQ
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To: rockabyebaby

Exactly right. He doesn’t have the authority to do a lot of what he has been involved in.


16 posted on 09/08/2013 9:05:29 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (This post coming to you today from behind the Camelskin Curtain. Not the Iron or Bamboo Curtain...)
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To: Diogenesis; SoConPubbie; cripplecreek

17 posted on 09/08/2013 9:06:01 AM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: SoConPubbie

I love Ted. I was alittle concerned this AM watching this though, as Ted stated emphatically that Assad did the gassing. I thought there was a lot of evidence that the rebels did it and, at the least, none of us know the truth.


18 posted on 09/08/2013 9:12:00 AM PDT by spacejunkie2001
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To: ken5050
If he had ordered the strike, before saying he was going to Congress, and citing the War Powers Act..there would have been a little dust-up over his authority to do so, but it would have blown over in a few days. Now, by asking Congress to approve it, and assuming Congress refuses, to then go ahead would be in effect inviting impeachment.

Maybe that's what he wants..

You may have a point there. Maybe he does want to get Impeached and play the race card again so he gets a race war. I know that is a stretch of thought. We may not even have a Country after he starts WWIII.

19 posted on 09/08/2013 9:27:44 AM PDT by thegrump
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To: SoConPubbie

“I don’t think he has the authority,” Cruz told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.
“It would be contrary to the Constitution,”

Article I of the Constitution unequivocally gives Congress, not the president, the “power to declare War.”

The president can defend against an actual or imminent enemy attack without waiting for Congress. In that case, a state of war would already exist independent of any US action. But the Assad regime has not attacked the US and does not seem likely to do so in the near future.

Obama wrote in 2007 that “The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”


20 posted on 09/08/2013 9:34:09 AM PDT by Marguerite ( When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: SUSSA

Judge Napolitano laid it out on FOX the other day. It takes an actual attack on us, an imminent attack on us, an attack on an ally that we have treaty/agreement with, or another nation under hostile attack that asks our assistance. None of the four tests have been fulfilled.


21 posted on 09/08/2013 9:36:17 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: thegrump

If he invites Impeachment now, the Senate and the Media will protect him and the Dims will gain seats in 2014. If he doesn’t get Impeached now, we may not have a country in 2014.

The NEA and the Media have done a outstanding job dumbing down the Electorate.


22 posted on 09/08/2013 9:38:51 AM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.")
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To: cripplecreek

Getting the Congress approval is a Republican thing. Bush 41 did for the Gulf War AND Bush 43 did for Afghanistan AND Iraq. Clinton didn’t for Kosovo and Obama didn’t for Libya. Republicans follow the Constitution, Democrats do NOT.


23 posted on 09/08/2013 9:39:03 AM PDT by Marguerite ( When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Viennacon

Cruz better be careful.

Anyone who’s seen the James Bond movie Moonraker knows what Im talking about.

God bless and protect Sen Cruz!


24 posted on 09/08/2013 9:40:48 AM PDT by ObozoMustGo2012
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To: trebb

I hope President Cruz puts the judge on the Supreme Court!


25 posted on 09/08/2013 9:47:45 AM PDT by SUSSA
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To: SUSSA

I’m with you 100%


26 posted on 09/08/2013 9:49:15 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: SoConPubbie

Ted Cruz is under the silly impression that the rule of law still holds meaning in this country.


27 posted on 09/08/2013 9:50:33 AM PDT by Hoodat (BENGHAZI - 4 KILLED, 2 MIA)
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To: spacejunkie2001
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Ted Cruz is playing chess (with his Assad remark) with the Kenyan Sodomite Obama and his Puppet Master Valerie Jarret ...



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28 posted on 09/08/2013 9:59:29 AM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (Swine Piss be upon the Sodmite Obama, and his Child-Rapist False Prophet Mohammed)
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To: spacejunkie2001
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Ted Cruz is playing chess (with his Assad remark) with the Kenyan Sodomite Obama and his Puppet Master Valerie Jarret ...


Eventually ... with Putin's help (enlightenment) Obama's allegations against Assad will be shown (to the whole world) as Kenyan Shiite Cattle Dung.


Ted Cruz will be able to say then that he was using the "best information" that he had access to at the time.



Of course, the ultimate irony about Syria is that one way or the other (Assad or the Jihadist Rebels) ...

Iraq's WMDs have finally been located (LOL).

President Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and very privately Colin Powell) must be laughing their heads off ...

And even the dim witt Nancy "Botox" Pelosi knows it's true as well ...




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29 posted on 09/08/2013 10:04:47 AM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (Swine Piss be upon the Sodmite Obama, and his Child-Rapist False Prophet Mohammed)
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To: factoryrat

POSOTUS (I like it!) POSOTUS has carte blanche. “We the people” are screwed (see my tagline) - no pitchforks, no torches, no tar, no feathers, no protests, no revolution, the country is going down the drain and there isn’t anything we can do about it because no one will listen to us. I betcha if everyone in the US found their way to the WH, millions and millions of people in the street, I bet the media would say there were a couple hundred people out there, even the media is against us and our country. I have never ever seen anything like this, ever. It is absolutely unnerving.


30 posted on 09/08/2013 10:34:55 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: ken5050
to then go ahead would be in effect inviting impeachment. Maybe that's what he wants..

Who's going to impeach him? Not the dems, not the republicans and as for "we the people" no one cares what we want. IRS out of control, NSA out of control, Fast & Furious, Benghazi, etc etc etc etc. He should have been thrown out of office by now but with the help of dems and repubs AND the press, the asshat in chief is till there, NO ONE is going to start impeachment proceedings, no one dares start impeachment proceedings if they know what's good for them, HUSSEIN has his criminal posse out there bribing, intimidating, threatening, killing, we are now a dictatorship and a lot of people still don't see it.

31 posted on 09/08/2013 10:40:21 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: rockabyebaby

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpHOaW99ST4


32 posted on 09/08/2013 10:44:06 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: SUSSA
I hope President Cruz puts the judge on the Supreme Court!

It wouldn't surprise me if one or more judges resign in the last year of Zer0's reign.

He will then be able to appoint more MARXISTS judges. And they WILL be approved.

After that, it's over for the U.S. Done, end of story.

33 posted on 09/08/2013 11:16:06 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: Marguerite

Add “-—Obama didn’t for Libya-—” to the list of particulars on the list of impeachable actions that will be required to start Obamuzzie’s impeachment. Qdaffy hadn’t attacked the US and the Kenyan didn’t bother to claim he did. As noted above Congress must decide when to start a war without provocation.


34 posted on 09/08/2013 11:40:46 AM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: unixfox

Not if we take back the senate. LBJ lost both Fortas elevation and Thornbury nomination when he was a lame duck.


35 posted on 09/08/2013 12:12:47 PM PDT by SUSSA
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To: Marguerite
What about Reagan, he was a republican.

He didn't ask for permission to invade Grenada and notified Congress only after the invasion had begun.

He didn't ask for permission to sell arms to Iran.

36 posted on 09/08/2013 1:58:41 PM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: ThunderSleeps

The Constitution is nothing more than toilet paper to Obama and the Democrats.


37 posted on 09/08/2013 2:17:29 PM PDT by Red White and Blue patriot
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To: Ben Ficklin
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Grenada was a situation where American Citizens' live were in imminent danger in a foreign copuntry.

President Regean acted appropriately to protect them.



The last time that American Citizens' lives were in danger in a foreign country, the Shiite-face Sodomnite Kenyan Obama freely allowed these Americans to:

1) be murdered like dogs in Beghazi

2) ignored their repeated calls to be rescued, even while Obama's CIA-DoD-NSA knew these Americans were about to die

3) be savaged raped and sodomized on film, and then dragged through the city streets


meanwhile "back at the ranch", during these exact moments while brave Americans were being butchered and raped ...

your suck-face "hero" Obama was very well having a Sodomite Male Sexual Trist with his "manservant" Reggie Love.



The "only" thing that's common between Presidents Regean and Obama is what Regean flushed-down the toilet daily ...

and exactly the same material that Reggie Love and Obama share together ... in several different ways, culinary and otherwise.

Copy that, Houston ?



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38 posted on 09/08/2013 2:17:57 PM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (Swine Piss be upon the Sodmite Obama, and his Child-Rapist False Prophet Mohammed)
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To: Patton@Bastogne

apologies for the spelling errors ...


39 posted on 09/08/2013 2:18:53 PM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (Swine Piss be upon the Sodmite Obama, and his Child-Rapist False Prophet Mohammed)
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To: SoConPubbie

You would think that in our country, which has existed more than 200 years, the Constitutional issue of whether or not a President can invade another country without the consent of the people (Congress) would’ve been resolved by now....


40 posted on 09/08/2013 2:22:40 PM PDT by uncitizen
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6 our of 10 are against a strike. It was 89 to 9. The dumb public is turning. obama thinks he can go on TV and charm the people into backing him. Sadly, he’s probably right.


41 posted on 09/08/2013 2:47:40 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Hoosier-Daddy

If he goes to war without both houses of congress approving it, the Republicans have everything to gain by impeaching him for that reason alone. The Dems are quaking in their boots because of this, freaking out. They know he’s marking them for their political demise. The media couldn’t do anything to protect him or his supporters.


42 posted on 09/08/2013 4:35:28 PM PDT by antiterrorist77
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To: antiterrorist77

Any rumblings of Boner not bringing this for a vote in the house necessitates his REMOVAL as speaker


43 posted on 09/08/2013 5:35:35 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: Patton@Bastogne

That’s not the defense that AG Meese used. He said it was Unitary Executive Privilege.


44 posted on 09/08/2013 6:19:14 PM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: SoConPubbie

did Reagan have permission to invade Grenada?
what about Bush and Panama?


45 posted on 09/08/2013 6:31:50 PM PDT by RockyTx
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