BOISE -- On Saturday afternoon, President Barack Obama said the U.S. should take action against Syria, but said he will seek authorization from Congress before ordering any attack.
I am confident we can hold the Assad regime accountable for their use of chemical weapons, deter this behavior and degrade capacity to carry it out, said Obama.
That same afternoon, some people in Boise quickly put together a protest near the state capitol building, holding signs with sayings like, 'Honk 4 Peace' and 'No such thing as humanitarian bombing.'
We just did this spur of the moment because everything popped up so quickly, said William Holes, organizer the Boise protest. We are trying to raise awareness for the people of Boise to see there are people here who oppose it, and just trying to make people aware.
Protesters object to Obama making a decision to attack, especially without congress.
We're just trying to raise awareness for the community our here, telling them that this war is unconstitutional, unjust and illegal, said Holes.
As the White House position developed Friday night, Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), who is on the Intelligence Committee, spoke to KTVB about the seriousness of the situation and capabilities of Syria.
They've been one of the best customers of the Russians for many, many years. They have, in the region, probably the best air defense there is, both from a radar standpoint and from an actual physical defense standpoint. Those are not to be taken lightly, said Risch. There's a lot more to this than simply shooting a few rockets in or something like that.
Risch said they all need much more information about all possible consequences of attack.
I want to see much more specifically what they're talking about. We don't have that yet. More importantly, I want to hear what day two looks like, what day three looks like, what day four looks like. Not just what the first hour looks like, said Risch.
While the plan by legislative leadership is to wait more than a week to discuss this until the House and Senate are scheduled to reconvene on September 9th, some, including Congressman Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) want to take this up earlier.
The Speaker should call the House into special session early next week to debate authorizing the use of force against Syria, said Labrador in a statement on Saturday. If the Speaker waits until September 9, the war debate will compress the already limited time that Congress has to deal with other issues, from the budget to the debt ceiling to immigration. The debate over Syria is too important to be delayed or compressed by other issues. We owe it to the American people to fulfill our responsibilities under the constitution, and to do so in a timely way that respects the democratic process.
An aide to House Speaker John Boehner said the speaker's office has received a White House draft of a resolution authorizing President Barack Obama to use necessary and appropriate military force against Syria.
It also said the objective would be to stop Syria from using chemical weapons moving forward, though no timeline for action was given.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said public hearings before the Foreign Relations Committee and classified and unclassified briefings for senators are being scheduled for next week.