From: Peter Hennessey
Sent: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 2:20 PM
Subject: No War with Syria
Dear Senator Heller,
Dear Congressman Amodei,
Boehner supports Obama military action in Syria… Developing…
Cantor jumps aboard…
FLASHBACK: REBELS arrested with Sarin gas!
Please keep a cool head and resist the banging on the war drums. The US has no vital interests at stake in the civil war in Syria.
All of the arguments that were used to criticize the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are 1000% more relevant and more appropriate in this case. Mr. Bush obtained 17 UN resolutions, built a coalition of a 102 nations, 25 of which sent troops to fight. Mr. Obama has done none of that. His imperial majesty wanted to go it alone, but is now looking at Congress to shift the blame and the consequences. Why not? The people’s approval of Congress continues at historical lows.
The one relevant and indisputable fact is that the Constitution authorizes the president to respond to an immediate threat, and Congress to declare war. Not anything in-between.
So as you consider what to do, as you are being lobbied to support Mr. Obama’s war, please ask yourself and answer to us and to yourselves the following questions:
What is the proof that gas was used?
What is the proof that the government, not the rebels, used gas?
What do Obama and the warmongers think gives them the constitutional authority for an unprovoked limited military strike on a sovereign country?
What is the immediate threat to the US? How has Syria threatened us?
Is the threat to the US so serious that only risking or starting a war will diminish or eliminate it?
What vital interests of the USA are at stake?
How is it in the interests of the US to interfere in a civil war?
As long as they are fighting each other, why do we care?
How is it in the interests of the US to replace yet another more or less secular Arab government with a fundamentalist islamist jihadist government?
Will the US and Israel be safer if we cause that to happen in Syria as Obama did in Libya and Egypt?
What is the plan, what are our goals with whatever military action is started in Syria?
Is the planned strike so severe that Syria’s military will be eliminated, or are we planning only on poking a mad dog??
What is the plan if full scale war regional breaks out?
Will we defend Israel?
Will we help Israel destroy Iran’s nukes?
How will we counter the propaganda, here and abroad, full of pictures of dead bodies, real or staged, strewn all over the streets?
How will we contain a regional war so it does not blow up into a world war?
Is the state of our military so strong that we can enter into yet another war and win?
Or are the Chinese finally ready to win WW3; is that why we need to do this now?
How will Obama and the Democrats blame Bush for this one?
Peter Hennessey, Ph.D.