President is right to seek approval of U.S. Congress
Published: Thursday, September 5th, 2013
President Obama doesn’t get very high marks from us for anything he has done in the last five years, but his recent turnaround in seeking approval of Congress before ordering any military action in Syria is something he needed to do. After uttering his now infamous words a year ago about drawing a line in the sand if chemical weapons were used in Syria, the president now is backed into a corner.
U.S. officials say there is evidence that sarin nerve gas was used on several hundreds of Syrian citizens and over 1,000 have died as a result of the attack. However, it is not clear exactly who used the gas, the government or the rebels. Some say that the use of chemical weapons in Syria is a “false flag” and that it never happened. It is just an excuse for us to unleash some missiles in Syria.
We believe that taking military action against another country is a decision that should never be left in the hands of one individual or small group of government officials. We have seen the disastrous results of poor military decisions in the past in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. We have done little to improve the lives of people in any of those countries.
Military action in Syria should be taken only if there is a clear objective. At this time there doesn’t appear to be any. The U.S. should take military action only if the security of its people or its borders are in jeopardy. In other words, there has to be a clear threat to our nation. We don’t see this to be the case with Syria today.
The Obama administration will have its hands full in trying to convince members of Congress that the U.S. needs to strike Syria because chemical weapons may have been used there. The real argument it will put forth should probably be more like the U.S. and its president needs to save face after uttering those words about crossing the imaginary line in the sand a year ago.
We are not convinced that saving face in this instance is worth the risk of setting off a powder keg in the Middle East which could ultimately lead to World War III. We hope the majority of our members of Congress will agree that military strikes in Syria will not be in the best interest of our country and will only lead to further problems in the region.
We urge South Dakota Sens. Tim Johnson and John Thune and Rep. Kristi Noem to do the right thing and deny the president any authority to take military action in Syria. This country can ill afford another military foray into another foreign country. We are a broke nation that is once again faced with the necessity of having to raise our debt ceiling in order to pay our bills.
Members of Congress are still on vacation while all this is going on. You would think that discussion on something this important would be enough reason to get them back to work early. The longer the administration takes to make its case for military action in Syria, the weaker it seems to be.
There is no logical reason for us to attack that country. We trust members of Congress will agree.
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