Heritage Foundation’s The Foundry offers five critical questions that Congress should pose to President Obama before voting on his “disturbingly ad hoc and reactive” desire to jump into Syria, boots on the ground notwithstanding:
“House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) both endorsed military action in Syria yesterday, but it’s unclear whether President Obama has sufficient support in Congress for a resolution authorizing such action.
House and Senate hearings this week give Members of Congress an opportunity to question the Obama Administration on Syria and its strategy—and question they should. Here are just five reasons Congress should press the Administration for answers.”
1. A “narrow and limited” operation seems at odds with the Obama Administration’s objectives.
2. The Syrian rebels have been linked to Islamist extremists.
3. Enforcement of Obama’s “red line” has been inconsistent.
4. The Administration has not clearly articulated a U.S. national security interest threatened by the August 21 attack.
5. The U.S. has not been able to gain broad support from allies.
It would behoove Congress to think long and hard, lest they make a decision that will have lasting implications on their careers… and our lives.