As of Monday morning, the majority of U.S. legislators still have yet to announce theirposition on whether they’ll vote to authorize the use of military force against Syria. They’re running out of time to come to a decision, though; the resolution passed out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last Wednesday and a vote by the full Senate is expected this week, with the House likely to follow soon after.
In an exclusive peek into Facebook worldwide user data, NBC News found that an overwhelming majority of the 10 million posts last week mentioning Syria came from Americans. Facebook users’ interest in Syria ranked among the site’s most popular topics last week, rivaling football and Miley Cyrus‘s twerking episode.
It was only a matter of time before our polarized politics threatened to destroy a president?s authority and call into question our country?s ability to act in the world. Will Congress let that happen?
In London exile in 1940, Charles de Gaulle decided ?it was up to me to take responsibility for France? (?c?etait a moi d?assumer la France ?). No U.S. president should assume he is, as de Gaulle almost mystically did, the nation, or is solely responsible for it. Remember this Tuesday when
President Obama is on the verge of creating a new foreign policy dictum: A national security threat requiring military action that cannot be justified without congressional approval isn’t enough of a national security threat to get congressional approval. This isn’t an iron clad truth yet, but as the president faces enormous hurdles convincing Congress to support his action in Syria, it defines the fix he is in.
Küresel BAK released a statement urging the government in the wake of a possible military intervention in Syria: ?Let?s not be among those who attack Syria first. Let?s be the country to lead an arm-free world.?