Congress Must Take Action on Syria

Trump took action in Syria, and now Congress must follow suit.

On Thursday night, the United States took the welcome step of acknowledging its years-long military effort to undermine the Syrian regime by shifting from covert operations to kinetic strikes. President Donald Trump deserves commendation. He has a long record of expressing skepticism about the prospects for a successful intervention in Syria. But he was faced with a historic challenge by the Assad regime, and he met the moment. Moreover, in explaining that this mission was an effort to restore the norm prohibiting the use of chemical weapons, Trump defined the action in Syria as a campaign in defense of vital U.S. national interest; not a humanitarian mission. However, the administration has not made it clear what the parameters of this campaign are or even if it is a campaign at all. It is, therefore, incumbent on Congress to not just execute its constitutional role as the arbiter of war and peace but to guide the administration by helping to set some of those parameters.

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Congress Must Take Action on Syria

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