To Syria Or Not To Syria

My latest column is up at AND Magazine!

Here is an excerpt:

 

President Obama’s Syrian “red line” has put the United States into quite the sticky situation. With confirmation of the use of chemical weapons in Syria, the U.S. Government is committed to a path of war, in spite of the fact that it seems no one, on either side of the political aisle, has much stomach for yet another war in the Middle East.

Back And Forth

One of the more confusing aspects of President Obama’s commitment to action in Syria is his on-again, off-again sense of urgency on the matter. Secretary of State John Kerry stated in no uncertain terms that the U.S. is committed, yet the administration suddenly decided to hold back, waiting nine days for Congress to reconvene so that they can debate and hold a vote on whether to authorize the use of military force in Syria. This is where the administration’s position gets a bit confusing; after the long, protracted debate over Operation Iraqi Freedom, most Americans know that Congress declares war, not the President. President Obama could, of course, make the argument that he doesn’t need Congress’s go-ahead to deploy forces and drop bombs in Syria – and one of the more confusing elements in this case is that Secretary Kerry and others in the administration continue to state that President Obama does not need Congressional authorization to move on Syria…so why wait?

Mixed Messages

Then throw this into the mix: not long after declaring an emergency in Syria and seemingly making preparations for war, the President Of the United States suddenly blinked…and then decided it was time for a round of golf. Not quite the right message to be sending in a time of crisis, but with Congress on recess, whatcha gonna do? Call them back into session? Not with 18 holes on the line.

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