I appreciate that Rep. Reed will be listening to constituents’ thoughts on the Syria situation. He must realize that we do not have the background information, the different options with pros and cons, or a list of possible repercussions if we do strike, or if we don’t. And…what does the President mean by a ‘limited’ strike? There’s probably a lot more information needed to make this important decision that we, as everyday working people, wouldn’t have a clue about. Hopefully Rep. Reed will get that information to consider before the Resolution debates and the vote.
Even today there’s reports that the Senate is working on narrowing the scope of the President’s Resolution. What Rep. Reed is going to be asked to vote on is probably not yet in its final version.
I am not saying that he shouldn’t listen to us, but he must understand that what we tell him comes from our hearts, which is shaped by our experiences, our politics, and importantly our memory of recent wars. Yes, we are War Weary. He is going to have all the background information, the experts’ reports and his conscience to help him decide his vote.
Legal scholars can debate if the President is suppose to/have to get approval for a strike like this. President Jimmy Carter said that the move will be illegal under international law unless it was “a U.N. Security Council mandate or broad support of NATO and the Arab League”. President George W. Bush refused to comment except he did say that President Obama “has one tough call to make.” I had to be reminded that President Obama did win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, and he voted against the Resolution that authorized the Iraq War. Both of those facts must have weighed heavily on him while discussing and analyzing the various proposals to react to Syria’s heinous chemical attacks.
This Congress has a reputation of being Obstructionists. I am concerned that they will use the discussion, debate and vote as an opportunity expand their power and try to influence the 2014 and 2016 elections. I would hope that our congressmen would take their responsibility seriously and leave the politics out of his decision.
I urge you, if you are near the ‘listening sessions’ and can get to them, to attend. If not, contact his office with your concerns, question, and opinions.