War Powers

President Obama Seems to (Begin to) Back Away from Decision to Intervene in Syria

By Jack Goldsmith
Friday, September 6, 2013, 8:21 PM

Last Saturday President Obama said he had “decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets,” and that he had made that decision “as Commander-in-Chief based on what I am convinced is our national security interests.”  (My emphasis.)

After a week in which he has failed to garner much support for that action, at home or abroad, the President today said he is “not itching for military action” and added that he is “consult[ing] with our international partners” and “listening to Congress” and “if there are good ideas that are worth pursuing, then I'm going to be open to them.”