Published: Thursday, March 28 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
Syria may be the next example of the CONGRESS failing to exercise its
constitutional power over military adventurism. If the president has too much
power, the blame lies with congress not the president. And, this president has
been more conservative and effective in the limited use of military power than
the previous one.This article is another overreaching example of the
right wing trying to make Obama look like a bad actor. The remarkable thing is
that they use Libyan intervention as a prime example. Considering the outcome
and the limited loss of American lives, Libya seems to be an example of
successful presidential military intervention quite unlike the costly in lives
and treasure Iraq war. But, I agree congress needs to reassert itself in this
area. Although the last time it did so, congress was ineffective in stopping a
war of choice based upon highly questionable cherry picked intelligence.
The point is - the government of the United States is slowly and silently
changing from what it was inteded to be - balance of power delegated to each
branch of government. In other words, a Republic government. If Congress gives
up its designated responsible power and becomes obscurant in its duties are we
blindly and willingly sinking into a Dictatorship?
George again demonstrates his bow tie is too tight. Presidents have intervened
militarily wherever they want since George Washington himself. Buchanan
didn't get or need congressional approval to send the Army against Brigham
Young. It was enough that his secy of war, Mr. Floyd, got a big kickback from
the contractors. If Congress wants to act, all they have to do is close the
purse. And Assad is NOT Obama.
Those with no authority and no responsibility seem to have the answers. Several
years from now those commenters will be even smarter with the advantage of
hindsight. Right now there is no clear and risk free path for the US in Syria.
We failed and continue to fail in Egypt and Libya. Syria may complete the
trifecta. May our president resist the advice, Don't just stand there, do
the wrong thing.
Republican Senator John McCain has been pushing the agenda that the President
hasn't done enough in Syria. Now a Republican writer insists the President
shouldn't do anything. That's why it is so difficult to take the
Republican Party seriously anymore. They don't have a unifying voice.
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