Syria, Not President Obama’s First End-Run Around Congress

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One of the most destructive, and costly conflicts in all of human history was sparked by the assassination of an Austrian royal in the backwaters of Europe. After the smoke cleared in 1918 more than 100,000 Americans had lost their lives and a continent was decimated.

World War I history teaches us it is possible for political events far from our interests to quickly drag the country into a state of total war. The decision to make war upon another nation takes thoughtful deliberation.

The Founding Fathers intentionally gave Congress this power.

They feared a head of state sending American soldiers to wars against the nation’s interest, at great cost to the people. In England, while there were voices within Parliament at the time who vocally opposed King George’s aggression towards the colonies, they were powerless to stop the expense in money and lives.

It is for this reason that the people’s elected representatives must approve military action. Congress is charged with restraining a potentially zealous President, and protecting the American treasury.

The Obama Administration’s desire to attack Syria is the latest in a pattern of aggression unapproved by Congress. Financial support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and commitment of troops to attack the Libyan government are not flukes, they are a systemic disregard Congressional authority. In the interest of fiscal responsibility and constitutional authority, any use of military force must be voted on before action is taken.

There are moments in history when war is unavoidable; when that happens, America has proven willing to bear the financial responsibility of military action. But this decision should be made by more than one man, and The Unites States does not have kings for a reason.

Congress, the attempt to bomb Syria isn’t President Obama’s first abuse of the war powers act and may not be the last. Be on your guard, our financial safety depends on it.