Vice President Joe Biden would call for President Obama’s impeachment if he issues a military strike on Syria without a Congressional “OK.” At least, he would if he were Joe Biden of 2007 when he said the exact same thing about George W. Bush.
It’s unknown whether President Obama will call for such a strike in light of the revelation that the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own people, resulting in hundreds of deaths. He has said that he’s not in favor of unilateral action, but rumors persist that a strike could occur in days, and it doesn’t look like there’s any effort to get Congress’ approval.
If Obama does call a strike, then Biden can’t, in good faith, stand by the president. In fact, he should actually call for his impeachment based on a 2007 interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.
Biden said the following of rumors that Bush was planning a strike on Iran:
“The reason I made the comment was as a warning. I don’t say those things lightly, Chris. you’ve known me for a long time. I was Chairman of the Judiciary Committee for 17 years. I teach separation of powers in constitutional law. This is something I know. So I brought a group of constitutional scholars together to write a piece that I’m going to deliver to the whole United States Senate pointing out thatthe president has no constitutional authority to take this country to war against a country of 70 million people unless we’re attacked or unless there is proof that we are about to be attacked. And if he does, I would move to impeach him. The House obviously has to do that, but I would lead an effort to impeach him.”
Another person who doesn’t approve of unilateral presidential action in Syria? Barack Obama, circa 2007. In a Q&A, the then-senator quite clearly declared 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.”
Still, President Obama’s administration has attempted to paint military intervention in Syria as a “humanitarian” mission to soften the impression left on the American people and the world. It’s not working. The UK has clearly voted against any intervention, and only 9 percent of American citizens approve of a strike against Syria.
For a more comprehensive discussion on whether the President even can constitutionally call for military action without the approval of Congress, you can go here.
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