Letter: Congress, stand up and do your job!
To the editor,
Members of Congress and many misguided U.S. citizens are pressuring President Obama to militarily intervene in Syria. Why? Military intervention into a sovereign country is an act of war. And according to Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution of the United States, " The Congress shall have Power ....To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;" No other element of our government is assigned that power, especially not the head of our armed forces; for good reason. No single individual should ever have the power to engage our country in War!
This country's founders were totally against such an idea. Only Congress , that group of people, should have the power to decide whether world conditions are grave enough for us to think about sending our youth out to kill and to die.
The discussions about whether to invade Syria - War ( that's what we're really talking about ) - should be taking place among this country's citizenry and their representatives in Congress (and within our government administration). But only Congress is constitutionally allowed to make that final War decision for our country. As Commander-In Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces, the president is required to prosecute the wars that Congress decides to enter. Per the Constitution, the president is barred from being both judge and executioner.
In England, Prime Minister David Cameron is planning to call Parliament into special session to consider military intervention into Syria. So far, I have not heard even a hint that President Obama is considering a meeting with Congress. And Congress is still on vacation! The leadership of Congress seems to be in hiding!!
Cowardly Congress doesn't want to be responsible for the deaths of a lot of American servicemen and servicewomen. Cowardly Congress doesn't want to be responsible for the deaths of thousands of Syrian civilians. Lazy Congress and Lazy President Obama do not feel that they even need to tell the American people -- in detail-- about why Syria is so very important to U.S. security. And cowardly Congress doesn't want to make that awful cost-benefit decision about American lives versus U.S. security interests regarding Syria. Cowardly Congress would rather, unconstitutionally, push all of that responsibility upon one man, President Obama (and criticize him later, regardless of whatever he decides). This situation is just plain wrong and very frightening.
Richard A. Moore