Congress is rushing to go to war.
When it comes to food stamps, the debt ceiling, or any other legislation, Congress isn't great at meeting deadlines. But apparently, they have no problem putting a rush on going to war. On Tuesday, members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee agreed on the wording of a resolution to authorize a military strike in Syria. The committee will start debating the measure on Wednesday, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may schedule a vote on it early next week.
According to the Washington Post, the resolution permits up to 90 days of action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and prohibits deploying combat troops into Syria. Both President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have said that the strike in Syria would be limited, and would likely only last a few days. Yet, Congress is rushing to authorize up to three months of military action. This all seems eerily familiar.
And, at the very same time that the U.S. Senate was speeding to put together an authorization proposal, President Obama boarded a plane for the G20 summit in Russia – where President Vladimir Putin has warned the U.S. not to strike Syria without United Nations approval. President Putin argues that the case against Syrian President Assad doesn't stand up to scrutiny, yet our legislators think the evidence is strong enough to rush into another war.
President Obama may be in for some very uncomfortable conversations in the coming days, as our lawmakers will start to debate military authorization while the G20 summit is underway. With each passing day, the strike in Syria seems more likely, and more complicated. Americans across the country are calling their lawmakers to make their positions known, and people around the world are monitoring this situation closely.