Posted: September 6, 2013 Filed under: Syria, Uncategorized | Tags: Barack Obama, Bashar al-Assad, Chemical weapon, Chris Edelson, John Kerry, Middle East, Obama administration, Syria, United States, United States Congress
Thanks Paul Whitefield at LA Times for recommending Chris Edelson’s Op-Ed on Syria. To read Paul’s fill piece visit here – or see excerpt below:
OK, John Kerry, you convinced me: Let’s go bomb Syria! Just kidding.
Like many Americans, I have serious reservations about this country getting involved in that country’s nasty civil war.
Still, the sight of the secretary of State addressing senators about the Syrian crisis and taking questions Tuesday was, well, a sight for sore eyes. It’s about time that Congress took seriously the power invested in it by the Constitution to take this nation to war.
As American University professor Chris Edelson put it so well in his Aug. 30 op-ed in The Times,“Obama and the power to go to war”:
The president needs congressional authorization for a military attack that is not related to an actual or imminent threat to the United States. What is happening in Syria is an ongoing atrocity. Tens of thousands of people have been killed — some, it appears, by the Bashar Assad government’s use of chemical weapons. This is a moral outrage. But it is not a direct threat to the United States, and the Obama administration does not suggest otherwise.
And that sums it up pretty neatly. Americans don’t care for Assad; they certainly don’t accept the use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians. But they also don’t see how this poses a direct threat to our security. And after Iraq, and Afghanistan (and let’s not forget Somalia, and the Balkans, and heck, even Lebanon in the 1980s), well, let’s just say that being the world’s policeman is getting old.