Congress to President: We want our share of the war pie too!Submitted by fiodax on Sun, 09/01/2013 - 15:21
The sad thing is that the reason Congress is demanding the President allow them to vote on Syria has more to do with the opportunity therein to extort more money out of defense lobbyist with their vote than it has anything to do with the Constitution or rule of law. They just want their piece of the war pie too.
This "debate" we're going to have in Congress. The defense contractors are already lined up. Eager to expand the scope of the war so as to include their industry in the war budget. A few cruise missiles will grow to a no fly zone, will grow to an attack on infrastructure, will grow to securing the region, will grow to rebuilding the region, a few billion to Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, BAE Systems, Halliburton, etc, and a few million to campaign coffers.
There is no economic incentive for Congress to limit the scope of the war, and there is even less to not go to war at all. By the time it's all said and done, anyone who still opposes the war will be labeled as an unpatriotic pacifist. And next election cycle Congressmen will walk in Independence Day parades with military men and women mangled from the combat they authorized and will sway the public to support them in doing it all over again. This is how our system works.