Power of Story Send a Tweet        

Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 2 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 1 (3 Shares)  

Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites (# of views)   3 comments
OpEdNews Op Eds

"Make No Mistake About It, This Is a War"

By       Message John Nichols       (Page 1 of 2 pages)     Permalink

Related Topic(s): ; ; ; , Add Tags  Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 1   Well Said 1   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H3 11/3/15

Author 29155
Become a Fan
  (22 fans)
- Advertisement -

Reprinted from The Nation

U.S. ground troops are being sent to Syria without congressional authorization. Why are so few members speaking up?

From flickr.com/photos/69684588@N07/6954235315/: Building E-government, which was bombed troop Assad to accuse by Free Syrian Army !!!
Building damaged by bombs in Syria
(Image by FreedomHouse)
  Permission   Details   DMCA
- Advertisement -


Congressman Peter Welch has done his due diligence. He has studied the circumstances on the ground in Syria and surrounding countries. He has traveled to the region as part of a congressional oversight trip. He has visited centers for refugees on the Syrian-Turkey border. The Vermont Democrat, who serves on the Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense, and Foreign Operations of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has gone out of his way to engage in debates, discussions, and inquiries regarding US policy in the region.
- Advertisement -

So the congressman's words should carry particular weight when he discusses last week's decision by President Obama to put US troops on the ground in Syria. After the president -- who once declared, unequivocally, that "we're not considering any boots-on-the-ground approach" in Syria -- ordered several dozen Special Operations troops into Syria for what The New York Times describes as "the first open-ended mission by United States ground forces in that country," Welch said: "Make no mistake about it, this is a war."

It is not, however, a clearly declared or authorized war.

As Welch observes: "The legal framework justifying this war is loosely tied to the fumes of a Congressional authorization approved in response to the 9/11 attack on America over 14 years ago."

That's an absurd construct, argues Welch.

"A civil war in Syria did not exist 14 years ago. ISIS did not exist 14 years ago. Neither the United States nor Russia were conducting military operations in Syria 14 years ago," notes the congressman, who says it is time for Congress to focus on the question of whether the United States should be engaged in a new war in the Middle East.

"The biggest question raised by [deployment] announcement is, 'When will Congress finally accept its responsibility?'" says Welch, who adds that "The Constitution is clear that only Congress can authorize war."

- Advertisement -

Click Here to Read Whole Article

  vandanashiva ad

Ad info: click here

Top Content
in the Last 2 Days
(by Page Views)

Trump Will Soon Purge Stephen Miller From His Administration by Rob Kall (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Damage Control Dance, After Japan Suspends GMO Canadian Wheat Import Modified to Resist Bayer/Monsanto's Roundup by Stephen Fox (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

The Republican Party Falls Apart, The Democrats Get Stuck by Lawrence Davidson (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Et Tu, Bernie? by Chris Hedges (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Taiwan Civil Government parades Black Bear paramilitary police squad by Michael Richardson (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

"They're Different from Us": The Profiteers of Prejudice by Roy Eidelson (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Bringing Julian Assange home by John Pilger (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Roger and Julian Lin are at center of Taiwan Civil Government fraud allegations by Michael Richardson (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

There's a Good Reason the GOP is Silent on Steve King's Racism by earl ofari hutchinson (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Rep. Beto O'Rourke: Taking Action on Detaining Children Taken Away from Their Parents by Stephen Fox (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

The North Korean Summit: Who is the "dotard?" by Fred Gransville (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Trump Creates American Moral Crisis by Stephen Crockett (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

The Children's Hour -- A Showdown with Trump by Marcello Rollando (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

The Death of Indian Democracy? by Arshad M Khan (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Trump Effect: New Kingwood, TX business model: Lawn Care by 'White People' U.S. Citizens (VIDEO) by Egberto Willies (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

As scaremongering starts, this is your fight too!: Straight Talk for Younger People on Social Security (and Medicare) by Dave Lindorff (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

The Psychology of Splitting and Traumatizing Families by Diane Perlman (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Big Oil CEOs needed a climate change reality check. The pope delivered by Bill McKibben (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

What's in Trump's "deal of the century"? The answers are in plain sight by Jonathan Cook (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Murder Incorporated by David Swanson (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Kayhan interview: Shia arc or Zionist arc? by Eric Walberg (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

North Korea Can Never Trust the U.S.A. by David William Pear (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Four-star general warns Trump's family separation policy echoes Nazis Posted by Sheila Samples (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

"That's my Betsy." by Elizabeth Warren (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

I sure Hope Beto Knows What He Is Doing Posted by Kevin Tully (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Go To Top 50 Most Popular

- Advertisement -

Classics of Liberal Thinking

Progressive Radio Links