Pat Buchanan: Congress must reassert its war powers to rein in Obama
The Iron Duke was speaking of Waterloo. And for the United States, it was a damn near-run thing that we are not now in a major war — with an enraged Arab and Muslim world viewing sickening videos of dead and dying Syrian women and children from U.S. missile strikes.
Russia does not want a confrontation over U.S. missiles falling on its Syrian ally. Do we? Russia does not want a wider Mideast war, which is what a U.S. strike would bring, with Russia and Iran racing to support and re-equip their stricken Syrian ally. Do we want that wider war?
Is Putin wrong when he writes in The New York Times of the rebels: "The United States State Department has designated Al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, fighting with the opposition, as terrorist organizations.
One day John Kerry is facing down Hitler in the Rhineland. The next he is promising the world that any U.S. strike will be "unbelievably small." Obama has to correct him: The U.S. military does not do "pinpricks." Yet no one seems able to point to a strategic benefit America will derive, other than feeling better about ourselves, from launching missiles into the middle of what Obama calls "someone else's war."
Yet the War Party, though temporarily routed, has not given up on its goal — war on Syria, followed by war on Iran. Lindsay Graham is urging Obama to attack Syria even without Congress' authorization. Bibi Netanyahu, after a call from Obama, is pushing Congress to back a U.S. strike on Syria. Republican leaders John Boehner and Eric Cantor have saluted and signed on to war.
• Absent an attack on this country, you have no authority to take us to war against Syria, Iran, or any other nation.
• We are taking back from you the war powers the Fathers gave us.
Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of "Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?"
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