The Obama Administration lacks the support it needs to go to war with Syria — from Congress and the public.
The Associated Press reports that a majority of the House of Representatives is opposed to American involvement in Syria by a margin greater than six to one. Only thirty House members of the four-hundred thirty-five have expressly stated they favor intervention.
In the United States Senate, approximately one-third favor authorizing the executive to engage in acts of war against the regime of Bashar al-Assad for up to ninety days. Senator Rand Paul has committed to filibuster war authorization on his chamber.
According to a recent CNN/ORC poll, nearly sixty percent of Americans believe that the United States should not attack Syria — fifty-five percent said they would remain opposed even if the Congress should decide to declare war. Seventy-one percent polled against military action without congressional authorization.
While an attack on Syria remains unpopular among Congressmen and the American people, the Obama administration has signaled that it is prepared to strike against Assad regardless. Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) has introduced legislation to impeach President Obama should he engage the military in war without Congressional consent, as required by Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution.