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article imageRep Tom Cole on Syria: Very pleased with president's decision

By Michael Krebs     Sep 1, 2013 in Politics
Speaking on NPR's 'All Things Considered,' Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK) applauded President Obama's decision to take the Syrian question to congress.
President Obama's move to take the decision on a Syrian military strike to congress was met with mixed reaction over the Labor Day weekend. Syria's state-run media termed the White House maneuver a "retreat," according to a report in the Telegraph. Domestically, the president's decision is largely seen as a political gamble, as the Los Angeles Times sees it, likened to the hand slap that UK Prime Minister David Cameron received from Parliament.
However, even in the fractious environment that very much characterizes the interactions between Democrats and Republicans in Washington DC, there is support for the White House shift on Syria from President Obama's political opposition.
Speaking on NPR's "All Things Considered," Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK) said he was "very pleased with the president's decision."
Cole was among more than 100 congressional members that had signed a letter asking President Obama to take the Syrian matter to congress.
"I think it's the right thing to do," Cole said. "And at the institutional level frankly I'm pleased to see congress reclaiming a little bit of its war-making authority from the executive. I think long-term, whatever the consequences of the immediate decision, I think institutionally it's very important and a good thing and I appreciate the president making that decision."
In a recent NBC News poll, 80 percent of Americans wanted President Obama to seek congressional approval on any Syrian strike - with 50 percent of those polled in opposition to military action against the Assad regime.
It remains unclear how congress will vote on a military strike against Syria.
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