U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., states that if the United States takes no military action regarding Syria, the consequences will be “catastrophic,” and will “undermine” America’s stature in foreign affairs.
Unfortunately, under the current president’s leadership, I believe our country reached this point years ago. Now Congress must decide whether to support the president in his efforts to punish Syria’s Assad regime for its use of chemical weapons against its own civilians, and to thwart future Syrian crimes against humanity.
Though obscene and tragic, this does not equate to a tangible threat to the national security of the United States. Intervention in Syria also would be a violation of the War Powers Resolution of 1973. The United States has no friends on either side of this Syrian civil war. It is a lose-lose situation for our country because we would be fighting against Iran’s proxy while enabling rebels affiliated with al-Qaida.
Sadly, Congress may indeed back the president’s position on Syria. Our soldiers have spent the past decade fighting al-Qaida at a high cost. Now the president may authorize actions that will support al-Qaida’s efforts in the Middle East.
We need to stand down and not intervene. That would be the best action to take regarding our national security interests.