By Chris Rossini
Back in 2013, the American public awoke from its slumber and smacked down President Obama's idea of sending the U.S. military into Syria. The opposition was very strong, especially after Americans had to digest the chaos that was created by invading Libya not too long before.
At the exact same time that Obama's Syria smackdown occurred, British Prime Minister David Cameron put a vote to the House of Commons for Britain to assist in attacking Syria. The Commons voted No!! It was the first time that a British Prime Minister was rejected since 1782!
Unfortunately, individuals in power that want war are patient. They know that memories are short, and that if time is needed to find another way in, so be it. President Obama would take the next two years to proclaim a litany of lies by saying (over & over) that there will be no U.S. boots on the ground in Syria.
Well, as of last week, it was calculated that the time to break those empty promises had arrived. Obama has decided to place U.S. boots on the ground in Syria.
Did Obama seek the approval of Congress? No.
Does Obama have the constitutional authority to deploy troops on his own? No.
Did the American public have a chance to smack down the idea, just as they did in 2013? No.
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister David Cameron (once again) wants to mire the British in Syria as well. However, today he backed down on the idea. Why? Because he doesn't have the necessary votes in the House of Commons.
Evidently, the British Prime Minister fears his Parliament much more than The U.S. President fears Congress!
The U.S. Congress just sits by silently as the President sends U.S. lives into a war zone that has absolutely nothing to do with defending our nation. The Constitution is very clear. It states in Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 that "The Congress shall have Power To ...declare War...."
Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't all members of Congress (as well as the President) all "solemnly swear" to uphold the U.S. Constitution? Don't they all raise their right hands, while placing the other onto a Bible? Are inaugurations just entertainment now? Have they become nothing more than a politician's first official lie?
Shame on The U.S. Congress.