War-Weary Congress Divided On Syria


Congress, no stranger to polarization, finds itself divided on the subject of military intervention in Syria.

Sen. John McCain has called for the U.S. to launch airstrikes to stop the violence in Syria. Several of his Senate colleagues have joined him.

Others in both parties, weary from a decade of war, are more reluctant to get involved.

Syria's relentless crackdown on anti-government rebels is about to enter its second year. An estimated 7,500 Syrians are dead, with no end in sight.

Though the U.S. is weighing its options, from arming rebels to using force directly, some military experts are calling for caution, saying U.S. action against Syria would come with a lot of risk.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the situation in Syria is very different from the one in Libya, where the U.S. helped force out Muammar Qaddafi. According to Panetta, Syria's air defenses are far more sophisticated than Libya's, with a chemical and biological weapons stockpile 100 times larger.

An air campaign would have to be sustained over an extended period of time with a significant number of aircraft, Panetta said, saying he would weigh carefully whether or not the mission could be achieved before putting "our sons and daughters in uniform in harm's way."

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  • by And how about... on Mar 10, 2012 at 11:43 AM
    our Special Forces troops operating in Africa...no Congressional approval there. Obama has proved he can go around Congress and the Constitution without penalty. He should be impeached.
  • by Common Sense on Mar 9, 2012 at 09:21 AM
    Uh, what's to prevent Obama from initiating ANOTHER illegal war like he did in Libya? Nothing, if he wants to he'll do it again without consent of Congress.
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      by Yes Common Sense on Mar 10, 2012 at 04:04 PM in reply to Common Sense
      Oh an Illegal war? is that what that was? I could have sworn we just dropped a few bombs and problem solved....so what war were you talking about again?
  • by Mayor Ryan on Mar 8, 2012 at 03:22 PM
    Civil wars happen. It is not authorized in the constitution for us to police the world. Nuff said. Next topic...
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      by Brian on Mar 10, 2012 at 04:05 PM in reply to Mayor Ryan
      Ok so we helped qucikely resolve a civil war by dropping a few bombs, I see your point but he didn't cause us any trouble so why not?
  • by Nero on Mar 8, 2012 at 10:41 AM
    There's only one region in the world where we're active, and there's only one reason why we're there, and there's only one answer to the problem.
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      by hmm on Mar 8, 2012 at 11:33 AM in reply to Nero
      Turn it in to a glass parking lot, those people and their barbaric culture will not be missed.
  • by john on Mar 8, 2012 at 10:15 AM
    we have no business in Syria (or any of those other mid-east places) let them kill each other off.
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Mar 8, 2012 at 09:44 AM
    Here's an example of what I've been talking about regarding unconstitutional actions by this and several prior administrations. "Panetta: International permission Trumps Congressional Permission for Military Actions" http://conservativebyte.com/2012/03/panetta-international-permission-trumps-congressional-permission-for-military-actions/. If you want to know more about Leon Panetta, try this. "The Trouble With Leon Panetta" http://thenewamerican.com/usnews/election/655
  • by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2012 at 09:26 AM
    Take the money we would squander on yet another war and use it to find and drill for oil in our own country. USA first, and USA now!
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Mar 8, 2012 at 08:52 AM
    Just to make sure (As if I needed to), I looked in the Constitution once again to see if it said anything about justifying getting involved in other nations affairs, diplomatically, covertly, or militarily, other than in the defense of OUR own nation. Guess what, there is no justification for any of the things the U.S. has done since joining the United Nations and NATO or under those organizations authorization. Congress has the sole authority to declare war, not the POTUS and certainly no governing organization outside of Congress. The war powers act gives the POTUS 60 days to justify any "emergency" action he takes and has to get a declaration of war from Congress to continue or he has to withdraw our forces. Both have continuously violated that law for decades. America has helped set up more Socialist/Communist regimes than not since 1945. Just a few include Cuba, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and yes, Red China. Going back to 1933, recognition of the USSR and the sell out of Eastern Europe as well as territory in Eastern Asia at the close of WW II including Mongolia,and led to the set up of today's North Korean regime. "And the beat goes on" to this day.
  • by hmm on Mar 8, 2012 at 07:36 AM
    Syria should not even be considered, considering we DO NOT want to give another country over to the Obama backed terrorist of the Muslim Brotherhood. Syria needs to squash the muslim extremist with out us defending the extremists as we did in Egypt and other places.
  • by rdnkbkr Location: Colorado Springs, CO on Mar 8, 2012 at 07:30 AM
    I wish congress and all of the "concerned citizens" would take a long hard look at what is needed here in the United States and address that with our tax dollars before we worry about a country half way across the world. With the billions of dollars that have been spent in Iraq and Afganistan we could have pulled our struggling economy up and help our own people get back on their feet. We need to take care of ourselves first and let foreign aid and fighting other peoples battles take a distant second place.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2012 at 04:21 PM in reply to rdnkbkr
      OK. Fine. Ain't gonna happen.
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