December 26, 2018

Congress worries about Syria but not American borders

Timothy Birdnow

Writing in the Daily Torch Robert Romano argues Congress cares more about securing Syria than the U.S. border.

From the article:

Congress apparently cares more about securing Syria than securing the U.S. southern border by building the wall.

That’s about all that can be taken away from some of the Congressional outcry against President Donald Trump who has announced the U.S. will be withdrawing troops from Syria — something Congress never authorized in the first place.

And he points out that Congress never authorized this war. If it is so all-fired important, they can actually DECLARE war and thus overrule the President.

Now, all that might be true. But the fact is, the action in Syria should have been debated by Congress and authorized. The U.S. has had 2,000 troops in Syria without any backing under Article I of the Constitution. In fact, U.S. troops have been operating in Syria since Nov. 2015, and airstrikes have been commencing since Sept. 2014 — without any authorization to use force by Congress. A four-year war Congress never cared about.

Yet, under the Constitution, it says, very clearly, under Article I, Section 8, that "The Congress shall have power… to declare war…”

Even under the constitutionally suspect War Powers Resolution, troops could have remained for 60 days, and then given 30 days to withdraw. That’s a 90-day window to have troops on the ground overseas without explicit authorization.

Congress should be willing to get their own hands dirty if it means so much to them. OH, and they funded a wall for Jordan; why can't they fund one for the homeland?

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