Buchanan to Newsmax: Obama’s Syrian Strike Would Be Impeachable (Video)

“If the president launched an unnecessary and unconstitutional war, striking a country against whom we have not declared war and has not attacked us, that is de facto an impeachable act that could lead to an open-ended war, the consequences of which we cannot even see.”

Any attack on Syria without congressional approval would be an impeachable act, political commentator Pat Buchanan has told Newsmax in an exclusive interview.

The former presidential candidate and best-selling author also says he prefers “the devil we know” in Syria — Bashar Assad — to the al-Qaida elements he asserts are leading the rebellion against his regime.

Buchanan has been a senior adviser to three presidents, a two-time candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, and the presidential nominee of the Reform Party in 2000.

President Obama has signaled that he is considering a strike on Syria amid administration claims the Assad regime has used chemical weapons.

In an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV on Thursday, Buchanan says his chief concern about a potential strike is that “the president of the United States is threatening a war and planning a war he has no right to wage. The Congress of the United States alone has the power to authorize war or declare war and it has not done so.

“President Obama is usurping the authority of the Congress first and foremost, and he appears about to launch an unconstitutional and unnecessary war. So the president should be called to account by the Congress and told: no war without our approval. That’s the way the Constitution works.


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