Any serial numbers that are stamped on them can be filed off.
So did Obama make a faux pas in the Syrian operation? Obama frigged it all up from Day One. It's absolutely clear that as president he has the ability to commit military forces without congressional approval. The only reason Obama wanted that was because he wanted the political cover to hide behind.
Now since Congress didn't want to do it and certainly none of the Democrats wanted to commit to the use of any type of force, they weren't going to give him that political cover. So it became a round robin of everybody looking for some political cover to stand behind which nobody else was willing to provide.
Obama needed political cover because he knew what public opinion was which was about 60% against a military strike. He knew what the majority opinion was. Ergo like any president he's going to want to get political cover. And where do you go to do that? By claiming that you need congressional approval -- which in fact you don't need as president. But that again becomes of tool of political convenience.
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