Congressional letter on Syria War Powers

The office of Rep. Scott Rigell (VA-02) is circulating the following letter on Congressional war powers. It closes at noon Wednesday, August 28. Urge your Representative to sign the Rigell letter by calling the Congressional switchboard, 202-225-3121. There is a Roll Call article about this letter here: Get Authorization for Syria, House Lawmakers Say

 Dear Mr. President,

 

We strongly urge you to consult and receive authorization from Congress before ordering the use of U.S. military force in Syria.  Your responsibility to do so is prescribed in the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution of 1973. 

While the Founders wisely gave the Office of the President the authority to act in emergencies, they foresaw the need to ensure public debate – and the active engagement of Congress – prior to committing U.S. military assets.  Engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution.

Mr. President, in the case of military operations in Libya you stated that authorization from Congress was not required because our military was not engaged in “hostilities.”  In addition, an April 1, 2011, memorandum to you from your Office of Legal Counsel concluded:

“…President Obama could rely on his constitutional power to safeguard the national interest by directing the anticipated military operations in Libya—which were limited in their nature, scope, and duration—without prior congressional authorization.”

 

We view the precedent this opinion sets, where “national interest” is enough to engage in hostilities without congressional authorization, as unconstitutional.  If the use of 221 Tomahawk cruise missiles, 704 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and 42 Predator Hellfire missiles expended in Libya does not constitute “hostilities,” what does?

  

If you deem that military action in Syria is necessary, Congress can reconvene at your request.  We stand ready to come back into session, consider the facts before us, and share the burden of decisions made regarding U.S. involvement in the quickly escalating Syrian conflict.

 

                                                            Sincerely,

Please sign this letter.

We do not have any reason to involve the US military in what's happening in Syria. We don't gain from it, we almost certainly will not help improve the situation as a whole, and most likely, the people we give guns, money or enemy casualties to will come back to bite us in the ass later, as they usually do. I am not happy there is a civil war happening in Syria, but I fail to see how American involvement will actually improve the situation.

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My apologies to JFP for cynical remarks on their earlier effort to urge congress to act.

And my congratulations to JFP for being on the right side of history. If the gods are kind, tho god knows they have no reason to be, this movement in Congress to wrest back from the unitary executive the power to wage war will presage a larger shift -- ideally, a shift out the door of the neocon lobby and its MIC and bankster allies.

One can dream.

It is important not to attack Syria, and to allow a political solution to settle the hostilities in that country. It is also very important not support the al Qaeda and Islamist militant insurgency in Syria. The U S must take the lead to make this proxy war unacceptable, by letting Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey stop exporting hate and destruction to secular Syria.

The Islamists mercenaries in Aleppo have committed more inhumane crimes, which were not publicized widely in our media; for example cannabalizm, beheading of priests, burning churches, and raping of nuns. Many of these acts have been documented by these terrorists on their cell phones and posted on web sites to terrorize the frightened minority Christians.

It is important that America protect the minority Christians in Syria, rather than looking the other way as they are systematically targeted by the imported Islamists.

Red line or not, chemical weapons, or false flag entrapment to affect the outcome of trouble in Syria is unacceptable by most of the American people. We are aware of lies, and entrapment! I have seen video clips of Islamists flying the al Qaeda flags in Syria and committing barbaric acts. 80% of the American public have seen some of the inhuman behaviors of the Saudi funded mercenaries. It has been estimated that there were more than 28 different nationalities among the extremist imported fighters.

If President Obama wants to be on the wrong side of history by attacking Syria, you don't want to be part of that as I, and many American Christians will make every effort to help defeat any congressperson who vote to approve any strike against Syria.

Please have mercy on the minority Christians in Syria, and vote no on any attempt to punish Assad.

Thank you very much

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