In a press release, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) issued a statement in reaction to President Barack Obama's announcement on August 31 that he has the authority to take military action against Syria for the alleged toxic gas attack that killed more than 1000 people on August 21. The president said he would seek Congressional authorization for the strike while he also invited the world to debate the merits of taking action against the Syrian government.

The Republicans stated, "We are glad the president is seeking authorization for any military action in Syria in response to serious, substantive questions being raised.  In consultation with the president, we expect the House to consider a measure the week of September 9th.  This provides the president time to make his case to Congress and the American people.”

Obama, for his part, said that his "narrow" and "limited" strike against Syria could come at any time. As of the release of this article, no statement has emerged from the Democratic leadership in Congress about the possible strike. However, on August 30 House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi appeared to urge Obama to take such military action. "It is clear that the American people are weary of war. However, Assad gassing his own people is an issue of our national security, regional stability and global security.”

As for the American people, according to an NBC poll conducted this week, approximately 50 percent of those polled oppose such military action by the U.S. i Syria. 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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