By Gary P Jackson
The United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee just passed a resolution granting President the use of force against Syria. As By Stephen Dinan and David Sherfinski at the Washington Times is now reporting, this resolution is far more open-ended than is being reported, and is misrepresent of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, that led America down a dangerous path, and into the Vietnam War.
The resolution drafted by Sens. Robert Menendez and Bob Corker, the top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, grants Mr. Obama power “to use the armed forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in a limited and tailored manner against legitimate military targets in Syria” — but only in relation to that nation’s weapons of mass destruction.
The resolution puts a 60-day limit on Mr. Obama’s ability to conduct strikes, while allowing him one 30-day extension of that authority.
“Our negotiations have led to a much narrower authorization that provides for the appropriate use of force while limiting the scope and duration of military action, prohibiting boots on the ground, and requiring the Obama administration to submit their broader plan for Syria,” Mr. Corker said in a statement late Tuesday.
The committee was slated to meet at 11:30 Wednesday to amend and vote on the resolution, but it was delayed until 2 p.m., giving all sides more time to work on the measure.
“What could possibly be the meaning of ‘limited and tailored?’ I doubt if I’ve ever seen the word ‘tailored’ in a bill,” said Mr. Fisher, a veteran of four decades of studying legislation. “Even if the ‘intent’ of Congress is a limited war, war has its own momentum.”
Mr. Fisher pointed to the 1964 resolution that authorized a limited response to the Gulf of Tonkin, but that ended up being the start of an escalation of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam war. Mr. Fisher said he wasn’t drawing a comparison, but said it was instructive to look at what Congress thought it was authorizing and what eventually developed.
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This is a disaster. Of course, even if we just send in missiles, we’ll have to send in “boots-on-the-ground” to make sure what we are bombing.
We have no clear goals in this battle, and absolutely none of our elected officials seem to grasp the fact, that while Assad is a murderous thug, his opposition is AL QADEA, America’s sworn enemies, and the enemies of all of mankind. We will be, in effect, joining forces with AL QAEDA, against Assad.