Here of late we have had endless political posturing over President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw our troops from Syria. With respect to that subject, last Friday I read an editorial in The Washington Times I thought very interesting. Below I share the part I thought most interesting.
If Congress is so adamant that U.S. forces should be fighting in the Syrian civil war, then Congress should vote to declare war.
As it stands today, U.S. forces are deployed in Syria on legally and constitutionally shaky grounds. In the days after the 9/11 terrorists attacks, Congress approved an Authorization of Use of Military force, which allowed the president to deploy troops against those responsible for 9/11, as well as any “associated forces.”
In the two decades since, presidents have used this authorization as a shortcut to avoid going through Congress to get approval for military action abroad. As a result, the United States today is engaged in 80 countries across six continents fighting terrorism. And, as evidenced by Mr. Trump’s campaign and 2016 victory, voters are tired of it.
Oddly, members of Congress such as Ms. Cheney who are urging President Trump to remain in Syria are essentially committing constitutional suicide by working to eliminate their own authority in the process of sending troops into battle overseas. That is a self-defeating motive that even the Founders could not imagine. (from here)
It has become obvious we have a bunch of posturing clowns in Congress. There are a few, like Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who perpetually come across as warhawks, but the vast majority of Democrats don’t. So the fact that Democrats suddenly abhor Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin, and think we should go to war with Turkey to defend the Kurds makes no real sense. They cannot even make a logical argument. They just seem convinced Trump has to wrong about anything and everything.
If Trump is wrong, why doesn’t Congress put itself on the record? Why can’t Congress vote to impeach? Why can’t Congress vote to defend the Kurds from Turkey? Only Trump has the guts to make a decision? Funny how that works.
As citizens we need to ask ourselves a simple question. How has Trump betrayed the Kurds? Are the Kurds worse off because the USA helped them destroy ISIS? Did we promise the Kurds we would protect them from Turkey?
With the exception of Israel, the entire region is just a bunch of dictatorships, Turkey included. Dictatorships are by their very nature violent and nasty, but we are not going to war to end tyranny in the Middle East. We would throw Trump out of office if he tried to do it.