Apparently, the Democratic leadership was in such a hurry to pass the war authorization that they didn't even adhere to their own rules.
"This was a rush to war behind closed doors," one senior GOP aide said. "We were told there was a need to have a thoughtful and public debate about how this nation goes to war, but this seems to be about simply getting a resolution done to cover the president."
According to Senate rules, seven days of advance notice is suppose to be given so that members have an opportunity to mull over the resolution before having to vote on it. This time they were only given a matter of hours. Considering the fact that 59% of Americans oppose going into Syria, you'd think they could at least follow their own protocol.
There are so many problems with going into Syria now, we hardly know where to begin. Assad is a monster and should have been dealt with two years ago. Now, after 120,000 deaths and millions of refugees, no one knows who the good guys are.
And why are we announcing our intentions to Syria?
Intelligence out of Syria reports the Assad regime has already hidden its WMD throughout Damascus hospitals and schools (Dang those guys! Who could've seen that one coming?)
While everyone hates to see what is happening to innocent Syrian people, it is now a classic example of 'Too little, too late'. If we are going to fight Assad now--we better fight to win. This 'shot across the bow' business won't cut it.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, complained to reporters that this administration has put military planners in the Pentagon in a "strategic bind." (ya think?) A limited Syrian strike could potentially open a can of worms that unravels the whole region.
One can only hope this whole Syria thing is just a diversionary tactic and what they're really planning is a surprise attack against Iran's nuclear program.
But that's just crazy talk. Taking out one of the world's biggest threats in a timely manner makes too much sense.
A wise woman once said: "Happy are all free peoples, too strong to be dispossessed. But blessed are those among nations who dare to be strong for the rest." -- author Elizabeth Barrett Browning
As the Scriptures say: "I will destroy human wisdom and discard their most brilliant ideas. So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world's brilliant debaters? God has made them all look foolish and has shown their wisdom to be useless nonsense" -- 1st Corinthians 1:19-20.
- DEBKAfile: Hizballah mobilizes to defend Damascus under U.S. attack, while also preparing to launch a rocket attack against Israel.
- CNN: Russian President Vladimir Putin made veiled threat to sell highly advanced S-300 defense system to Iran if western nations attack Syria without UN backing.