If Congress decides against taking military action in Syria and President Obama approves military strikes, that’s grounds for impeachment, according to Dr. Cornel West.
During an episode of radio show Smiley and West, West said such action taken by Obama should be considered “autocratic, dictatorial, unconstitutional — you would think in some ways grounds for impeachment.”
“This idea of Congress [not] approving it and the president going off to do it anyway, that’s just downright dictatorial. I hope he has enough sense not to do that,” West said.
West made it clear that he does not support the Syrian government, but also doesn’t feel that the solution to the problem is America bombing Syria.
“There’s no doubt that ugly and vicious war crimes were committed against the precious brothers and sisters in Syria, but it just doesn’t make sense to commit more war crimes,” West said. “It would be an illegal war; it would be an immoral war for the United States to begin bombing and sending missiles.”
If Obama approves strikes in Syria after the Congress has voted no, that would be a “a flagrant violation of the U.S. Constitution,” which could be followed by impeachment proceedings, according to West.
“This becomes so undeniable in terms of looking Congress in the face and saying, ‘I’m going to do something that you have not authorized me to do because I want to do it; I have my own internal authority,” added West.
West lamented how sad it is that Democrats refuse to stand up to Obama.
“It’s just so sad to see the liberals and the Democratic Party buckle so quickly, and it’s fascinating to see somebody like Rand Paul leading the charge of being a defender of not wanting to commit more war crimes,” he said. “We don’t associate the right wing with that position.”