The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has passed a war resolution for an action that Secretary of State John Kerry insists is not “war,” but the resolution refers to the “War Powers Resolution Requirements.” With Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) voting “present,” the resolution” passed 10-7. Republican Senators voting FOR were John McCain, Jeff Flake and Bob Corker. Voting AGAINST were Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Ron Johnson (R-WI), John Barrasso (R-WY) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) with Democrats Tom Udall (NM), Christopher Murphy (CT), and James Risch (ID).
You’ll be interested to know that we do have a “military plan.” We are fearful of trying to hit stockpiles of chemical weapons due to collateral damage, but we are planning to do something to “degrade” them.
(5) the United States has a military plan to achieve the specific goals of responding to the use of weapons of mass destruction by the Syrian government in the conflict in Syria, to deter Syria’s use of such weapons in order to protect the national security interests of the
United States and to protect our allies and partners against the use of such weapons, and to degrade Syria’s capacity to use such weapons in the future; and
(6) the use of military force is consistent with and furthers the goals of the United States strategy toward Syria, including achieving a negotiated political settlement to the conflict. Read the resolution here.
To be fair, the official title is “Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against the Government of Syria…” (AUMF) – nothing warlike about an AUMF, right? To get the resolution done pronto, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee broke it’s own rules, leaving the House behind in the process.
According to Senate rules, hearings should be notified seven days in advance, business meetings should be notified at least three days in advance, and members should have 24 hours to consider legislative text before having to vote on it. A spokesman for Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) pointed out that the chairman and ranking member of the committee have the discretion to call a business meeting earlier if they both agree. Source: Daily Beast
We have 90 days to get the job done, assuming the Senate Foreign Relations Committee gives approval after the first 30 days. Reid can bring the resolution to a full vote of the Senate on Monday, September 9th with little to no debate after members return from August hiatus. As I said, the House is left trying to catch up as Senate rules disallow the idea of a rush to war. Debates were to begin the week of September 9th for both Chambers.
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