Cornel West: Striking Syria Without Congress' Approval Is Impeachable Offense

The Princeton professor says such a move would be a war crime.

Posted: 09/09/2013 11:25 AM EDT

As President Obama struggles to win congressional support to strike Syria in retaliation for the alleged use of chemical weapons, Princeton professor Cornel West is sending out a warning flare.

Moving forward with air strikes without congressional approval, West said, would be an impeachable offense.

West issued the warning during an exchange this week with Smiley and West co-host Tavis Smiley.

“If the president doesn’t get the vote that he wants, then I hope he has more sense then to go ahead anyway. But you used the phrase ‘dictatorial’ — and that’s exactly what it would be,” Smiley said.

“You would think in some ways grounds for impeachment,” replied West.

West also said defying Congress would be a war crime.

"It would be an illegal war. It would be an immoral war for the United States to begin bombing and sending missiles to Syria and killing more innocent people," he said.

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