U.S. Senators Draft Resolution To Limit Syria Force To 90 Days

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Leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have agreed to draft a resolution regarding the use of force in Syria.  They set a 60 day deadline with one 30 day extension.  The draft includes no troops on the ground.  Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said in a statement that “together we have pursued a course of action that gives the President the authority he needs to deploy force in response to the Assad regime’s criminal use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people, while assuring that the authorization is narrow and focused, limited in time, and assures that the Armed Forces of the United States will not be deployed for combat operations in Syria.”  While I still disagree with the use of US force in Syria, (there are no “good guys”) there has been some good to come of the resolution.  In doing so, Democrats and Republicans demonstrated that they are able to work together to accomplish a common goal.  Something all to seldom since President Obama took office, (not all of his own making), in 2008.  It demonstrates to the world that the Senators on both sides of the aisle can unify when there is a common purpose.  However, there is also a very disturbing side to this deliberation; the outwardness in which members of the Senate and President Obama are discussing the tactical possibilities against Assad and his government.  Limited strikes, targeted strikes. aimed at causing the least collateral damage.  Whatever happened to the element of surprise?  Of course Assad and his government stand no chance against the firepower of the United States, even if we told him the date and time of the attack.  But that’s not the point.  Some issues of national security should be carried at the most inopportune times for the enemy, when he least expects it.

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