with Chris Hedges
August 31, 2013
TheRealNews on Aug 31, 2013
Chris Hedges and Paul Jay discuss President Obama’s statement that he has decided to attack Syria and seek authorization from Congress…even though he says he doesn’t need it.
The Real News Network
Aug. 31, 2013
JAY: So what do you make of President Obama’s statement? He’s authorizing the attack, except he’s kind of not authorizing the attack, ’cause he’s kind of going to give Congress a vote, except he made it clear in a statement he was only doing that sort of because he thought it would be a more effective message to Syria, not because he actually thinks he’s actually bound by such a vote.
HEDGES: Well, I mean, that’s the first disturbing point of the rise of our imperial presidency, where the executive branch abrogates to itself the right to declare war, which is, of course, traditionally the role of Congress.
But more importantly, we’re talking about a military strike which will have consequences that will ripple outside of the boundaries of Syria itself.
These explosive devices–cruise missiles–are never used surgically. I’ve been around them on the receiving ends when they are fired. So we’re talking about inevitable what they will euphemistically call collateral damage. We’re talking about civilian dead. That’s without question.
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