The War Powers could be a whole, many-faceted diary, but I’ll just throw this up here for today.
U.S. military strikes against the Assad regime will be back on the table Wednesday at the White House, when top national security officials in the Obama administration are set to discuss options for the way forward in Syria … A meeting of the Principals Committee, which includes Cabinet-level officials, is scheduled for Wednesday. A meeting of the National Security Council, which could include the president, could come as early as this weekend.
“Neither The Hill nor Josh Rogin acknowledged in their reporting that in order to bomb Syrian government forces, President Obama would need to seek and receive an authorization for the use of military force from Congress.
But on Wednesday, Utah Senator Mike Lee reminded Washington that the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution are still good law:
Sen. Mike Lee is warning the White House that a push to increase the U.S. military’s involvement in Syria would require congressional approval.The Utah Republican said reports that the administration is considering using airstrikes to target the Assad regime … would represent “a major departure from our current strategy.”
“[It] carries potentially cataclysmic consequences which the American people have never debated in Congress,” he said in a statement. “If President Obama and his advisors want to increase the involvement of the United States in Syria in any manner — including attacks against the Assad regime — they have a constitutional responsibility to ask for a declaration of war from Congress.”
Robert Naiman at Common Dreams reminds us that we, the people, through our representatives, are supposed to have a say in when we commit our blood and treasure to causes near and far. There’s a link to a petition to ask our reps to debate and vote on what is basically upping our invasion of Syria. Some say it was the yuuuge public outcry that stopped it the first time.
Why are the neolibcons so intent on poking Russia with this?
And be safe, those of you in the southeast and along the Atlantic seaboard. Drop us a line if you can.