The current debate on whether to attack Syria in an attempt to save lives of civilians is in the best tradition of the United States. With credible evidence that the Syrian government killed its own people using chemical weapons, President Barack Obama believes the U.S. must intervene to demonstrate the world’s disgust with the use of such killing tactics.
We have stated that President Obama should make a more convincing case for putting the might of the United States to work in yet another Middle Eastern country. We remain skeptical about the wisdom of such an attack, both for the United States and the region; the slippery slope to another war is all too likely. Most of all, though, we believe that whatever the president wants to do, Congress must weigh in. Despite opposition from his own security team, Obama rightly decided to call for a vote in Congress about how the U.S. should proceed.
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