In the article "Decision to Ask Congress to Authorize Syria Attack Rejuvenates Legislative Role in War," Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala offers opinion on Obama's possible political motivations in asking for Congressional approval on an attack in Syria.
Excerpt from Congressional Quarterly article by Jonathan Broder:
"Kal Raustiala, a law professor at UCLA and director of the school's Burkle Center for International Relations, said the president could get political cover and possibly a face-saving out of the Syria crisis if Congress votes against authorizing force. Just as British Prime Minister David Cameron bowed to the will of parliament, Obama could do the same, he said."
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