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No surprise! Senate-crafted Syria resolution gives Obama plenty of loopholes to go to war

Stephen Dinan and David Sherfinski
The Washington Times
Wed, 04 Sep 2013 00:00 CDT

Senators on Wednesday tried to write a tight resolution authorizing President Obama to strike Syria under very specific circumstances, but analysts and lawmakers said the language still has plenty of holes the White House could use to expand military action well beyond what Congress appears to intend.

"Wiggle room? Plenty of that," said Louis Fisher, scholar in residence at the Constitution Project and former long-time expert for the Congressional Research Service on separation of powers issues.

Writing the actual language to empower and constrain Mr. Obama is proving to be a difficult task, with the key authors being pulled in various directions.

Some of the drafters' colleagues want to give the president broad latitude for ongoing strikes that not only target Syrian President Bashar Assad's chemical weapons, but also aids the rebels seeking to overthrow him. Other lawmakers, though, want the most limited of action - a strike designed only to make sure the Assad regime can't deploy its chemical weapons again.

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That works in our favor

The worse the bill, the less likely it will pass the house.

Of course... Why stop with

Of course... Why stop with the exceptions and ambiguities created by the War Powers Resolution for cases involving "imminent" attack? Apparently, Syria is considered the 51st state of the union by the Obama administration. Why?

Let's make the decision simple and constitutional.

Did Syria attack one of the 50 states of the union or even an American asset in a far flung part of its global empire?

Answer: No

Solution: No congressional authorization granted under the US Constitution and no executive RESPONSE. Apparently, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee just wasted the taxpayers' money in vain ... again. Why is the US Congress INITIATING hostilities since it's constitutionally restricted to DECLARING hostilities, i.e. a RESPONSE to an obvious attack or one in progress.

FDR would have loved "serving" as POTUS today. His administration wouldn't even need to place an oil embargo on Japan to incite them to attack the USA in order to draw us into a war in RESPONSE. Hell, FDR could just walk over to the US Capitol building and insist that the US Senate INITIATE and mindlessly approve the rules of war against Japan or any nation ... like Syria for instance. Geez

The US Congress is a reckless bunch of myopic, self-centered, and pompous goons that relish parading their idiocy around the halls of the US Capitol.