Official: by consulting Congress Obama wants to give some legitimacy to strike against Syria
Head of State Duma International Affairs Committee Alexei Pushkov believes that U.S. President Barack Obama needs approval from the Congress to make the military action against Syria legitimate.
"The war has been put off. Obama has decided on the strike but is waiting for approval from the Congress. He needs it to give the war at least some legitimacy," Pushkov twitted.
"The main reason for Obama's address to Congress is that the military action did not get sufficient support in either the world, or among U.S. allies, or in the USA itself," Pushkov believes.
Earlier Obama announced that the United States had decided to deliver a military strike at Syria but that he wanted to get support from the U.S. Congress.
He said that the Congress would hold a debate and then vote on the use of force against the Syrian government which in the opinion of the U.S. used war chemicals against the opposition on August 21.
House Speaker John Boehner said Congressmembers would consider Obama's proposal on military action against Syria on September 9.