Folks on both sides of the political aisle are clapping and praising strategic strikes against Syria undertaken by President Trump; this in response to Syria's unleashing of chemical weapons against their own people — resulting in genocide.
We should proceed with caution.
Congress should be compelled to endorse and ratify this program (as only they can constitutionally) officially engaging the nation in an act of war, per the War Powers Resolution (Pub.L. 93–148).
In an attempt to rein in some of the president's claimed powers, the War Powers Resolution proscribes the only power of the president to wage war which is recognized by Congress.
A strike against another sovereign nation, no matter its etiology, can be interpreted as an act of war. Where will the line be drawn? Why have we not treated Rwanda, the Sudan, Iran, Iraq and seceded nations from Russia under this same standard?
Is this to be our line in the sand for all such engagements? Will our failure to act (or our actions) create refugees and immigrants who now will have to be absorbed — by us?
Finally, we have a U.S. president who is unafraid to exert leadership in the face of external national genocide — on peoples who are not our own.
Underlying and lingering big issues remain:
- Should regime change be engaged in?
- If so, who decides the successors?
- When our actions lead to the destruction of both economies and political structure, what infrastructure will remain to feed, house, and clothe those people. Or, provide clarity for restructuring their best interests?
When the foundations of rogue nations' political structures is diametrically different from ours, brakes need to be applied, lest we take on a burden which may undermine the very concepts of who we are and what we should be about — in a constitutional sense. If not the U.S., who then will render aid in view of this persistent vacuum, one lasting for over eight years.
Dr. Ada M. Fisher was the first black woman to serve as the Republican National Committeewoman. She was a candidate for the U.S. Senate from North Carolina, a candidate for U.S. Congress, and a candidate for the North Carolina House of Representatives. She is the author of "Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions Solutions for What Ails Us, Book I." For more of her reports, Go Here Now.
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