Resolution Approved by Foreign Relations Committee Goes Further than Promised
By Harold Hutchison
The resolution authorizing the use of force in Syria that was passed Senate Foreign Relations Committee could allow for “boots on the ground” – putting American ground troops in the middle of the bloody civil war.
According to a report by the Washington Times, the resolution could allow Obama to greatly expand American involvement in the Syrian civil war. While Section 3 of the resolution states, “The authority granted in section 2 does not authorize the use of the United States Armed Forces on the ground in Syria for the purpose of combat operations,” some experts note that there could be “wiggle room” for Obama.
“Even if the ‘intent’ of Congress is a limited war, war has its own momentum,” Louis Fisher of the Constitution Project told the Washington Times, noting that in 1964 the Gulf of Tonkin resolution only authorized a limited response to an apparent attack on U.S. Navy destroyers off the coast of Vietnam.
The ultimate fate of the resolutions is still up in the air. One Congressman told a media outlet that only two out of 500 calls supported the use of military force in Syria by the United States.