... to my local newspaper:
It appears that the Obama Administration is preparing to launch a military attack on the government of Syria. For several reasons, we should not intervene in the Syrian civil war:
1. Article 1, Section 8 of the Federal Constitution gives Congress--not the President--the power to declare war, and Congress has not authorized any attack on Syria. For the President to start a war without Congressional approval would be unconstitutional.
2. On one side of the Syrian conflict, there is the Assad dictatorship, backed by Iran, Russia, and Hezbollah. On the other side, the rebels are largely composed of forces associated with Al-Qaeda. Who are the good guys here? If we don't know, we shouldn't get involved.
3. The Federal Government is nearly $17 Trillion in debt. Do we really need to borrow more money from China to fund a military action in Syria? For that matter, do we need to risk the lives of even more members of our armed forces?
4. After the Iraq war, and with our involvement in Afghanistan not yet concluded, the American people have little appetite for a military engagement in Syria. Launching an undeclared, unauthorized war without public support is a recipe for failure.
Mr. President, please do not lead us into another Middle Eastern quagmire.
A Constitutional, Christian conservative who voted for Ron and stands with Rand
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