I am relieved that President Obama decided to take the situation of Syria to Congress for several reasons. First, it’s the law. Second, a full discussion of the role of the United States taking military action needs to include many voices. The people in Congress can hear each other as well as the voices of their constituents.
I am concerned, however, about what I read on the websites of Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein. While they each show some restraint, I think that their support for Secretary of State John Kerry’s analysis is a bit hasty. I hope they will look for every possible way to respond with diplomacy.
Rep. John Garamendi and Rep. Walter Jones issued a statement on Aug. 28, calling for the president to take the matter to Congress for consideration. On Aug. 31, Garamendi commended the president for so doing. Rep. Doris Matsui is responding much the way our senators are, using the same language as Boxer.
I don’t understand why we think that military action is so needed in this situation when other countries have citizens at war with each other and we are not talking about attacking them. And, as a country, we are not above heinous acts, considering that we bombed Hiroshima, killing 90,000 women, men and children, and Nagasaki, killing 60,000 women, men and children.
I hope and pray that we won’t go to that path again with missile strikes.