As for the 'moderates' you wish to support..are they anything like the moderates in Egypt?
I don't claim to be an expert by any means whatsoever on the ins-and-outs of the Syrian rebels but ideally they would be something like the moderates in Libya that we supported with air strikes and support. People hark on the terrorist attack in Benghazi but Libya has otherwise been an extremely succesful foreign policy operation, the country's rebels are moderate, were supported by the international community, have been able to hold the country together fairly well to prevent more violence, and are getting better at doing so.
Im not saying Obama shouldnt go in...Im saying there should be proof and if they have it they should go in and kick ass and then get out. That was Bush's failing. The kick ass part happened...but they didnt do so well with the 'get out' part. And that is going to make Syria precarious as well. SHOULD they topple Assad, who then takes over? Which rebel group takes control? And for how long?
This whole thing feels exactly like the build up to Iraq. I mean it is eerie how similar they are.
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As Commander-in-Chief, the President does have a duty to protect and defend the United States. In instances of self-defense, the President would be within his constitutional authority to act before advising Congress or seeking its consent.
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Might be a good question to ask right about now, "How is Syria an actual or imminent threat to the nation?"