Reading in the Herald 6/27 I found that both Democratic and Republican members of Congress are hesitant to back any US intervention in Syria until the US knows whom it would be backing with arms shipments and what kind of exit strategy we would use if a no-fly zone was established. Well, hallelujah! After decades of abdicating oversight responsibility for military interventions to an increasingly independent executive branch (both Democrat and Republican), maybe Congress will step up and fulfil their rightful role in foreign affairs. If these questions had been asked before the invasion of Iraq maybe we would have avoided the subsequent loss of life by either refusing to invade or by listening to the professional soldiers who consistently maintained the war could not be fought cheaply - as Rumsfeld and Cheney wanted and believed was possible.
'David Barno, a retired Army three-star at the Center for a New American Security...wrote about Syria, "U.S. interests are far better served by exercising restraint, supporting Syria's neighbors, and performing a humanitarian role. After 10 years of bloody and inconclusive U.S. involvement in the wars of this region, slipping into another military intervention in this part of the world defies both common sense and broader U.S. vital interests." '
I for one am glad to see Congressional members step up and ask questions which should have ready answers. The fact that there are no ready answers just shows how ill-prepared we are to enter into the current conflict.
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