declaration of war
The real estate mogul said fighting terrorism isn’t the same as traditional war, noting that terrorists don’t wear uniforms and battling extremists isn’t the same as going against a country like Germany or Japan.
Unless Speaker Boehner calls the House back into session to prevent President Obama from usurping Congress’s constitutional authority to authorize – or not authorize – the use of military force in Syria, Speaker Boehner may go down in history as the Speaker who stood by and did nothing while an understanding of the Constitution that has stood since George Washington was President was vaporized by the cruise missiles Barack Obama is preparing to rain down on Syria.
In Speaker Boehner's hands rests the decision on whether Congress will come back into session and remain a coequal branch of government by maintaining its power to authorize—or not authorize—the use of military force in Syria. If he fails to act, Congress will be relegated to the status of a mere appendage of the Executive, used only to levy taxes and rubber stamp the decisions of an imperial president.
Daniel Pipes is exactly right on this.“Warfare is a very serious business whose first imperative is to deploy force to win – rather than to punish, make a statement, establish a symbolic point, or preen about one's morality.”
The Texas Senator stated that there’s nothing to be gained for the U.S. by striking Syria.
Congress may not be able to stop Obamacare, but it can tell Obama to stay out of Syria’s civil war.