Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Friday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that while President Obama might have the authority to act unilaterally on strikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, he still should seek approval from Congress.
“That is the constitutionally decent thing to do,” Krauthammer said, “Obama should be the one – he’s the president, he came up with the strategy. He’s asking for a commitment of a nation into a war.”
Krauthammer cited the precedent set by Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush in asking for Congress’ approval to take action in Iraq, despite the presidents’ belief they had the authorization to act unilaterally.
“Both claimed and tried to preserve the authority of the office in saying, ‘I don’t need the authorization, it already exists,’” he said, adding, “But they nonetheless went ahead and got it.”
Furthermore, Krauthammer added Obama shouldn’t wait until after the midterm elections to bring the issue before Congress.
“He always uses elections as an excuse of not doing things. It’s one of the great deficits of his administration,” he said.