“The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.” -Senator Barack Obama, 2007
“The Founding Fathers were, as in most things, profoundly right. That’s why I want to be very clear: if the President takes us to [war] without Congressional approval, I will call for his impeachment….The Constitution is clear. And so am I.” — Joe Biden, in 2007.
Syria … bad things are happening there, sad things and heartbreaking things. We should be praying, fasting, praying more. But it’s not our war. That hasn’t stopped us before, of course, we have a long history of meddling and playing the world’s police officers.
Updated to add this link- I don’t agree 100% with everything, and I think he’s a little harsh at times, but it’s food for thought. There’s a good discussion in the comments here, too. I didn’t always think this way, btw, and I understand it’s a hard position to understand if you’ve grown up with a completely different understanding.
To me it comes down to the right and proper use of *government* force as opposed to right and proper intervention and involvement on the part of individuals (and I would include NGOs, or non-government organizations. And it’s not enough to look at WW2 in isolation. One must also look at the causes that led up to WW2, and that would be WW1. Hitler never could have come to power without the mess world governments created by intervening where they had no business in World War One and the aftermath.
if it brings the rebels to power, they are going to do to the Christian churches and monasteries in Syria — among the oldest in the world — exactly what Muslim fighters did to Christian churches and monasteries in Serbia. And that will not matter one bit to most people in this overwhelmingly Christian country, the United States of America. Don’t get me wrong; I would be against this if there weren’t a single Christian in Syria. But the fact that there are millions of them, and they’re going to face slaughter and exile if the rebels win, makes it even more outrageous that the United States is taking part in this.
aND, Btw, do you know who suffered the greatest losses when we bombed Japan in WW2? The largest Christian community in the entire nation. of Japan. America almost completely wiped them out with a single atomic bomb.