Suppose North Korea fired a missile at our navy ships in the Sea of Japan; suppose a Russian sub off the East Coast fired a misile at Fort Dedrick, Md, where we culture and make nerve gases and germ warfare agents.
Wouldn’t we consider those acts of war?
In the same way, our firing missiles at Syrian airbases...no matter what our justifiable outrage over nerve gas attacks on civilians—is an act of war by the US against another nation.
And the Constitution clearly and emphatically spells out how we declare war...ONLY by an act of Congress, not by another executive order by a president...who, like every member of Congress took an oath to uphold the Constitution.
Congress has failed in its oath, and legal obligation here for years, but when will it stop and when will “law and order” be restored???
Mr. Trump’s illegal act could lead to much worse consequences...such as more US “boots on the ground.” Do we really want that?
Besides, it didn’t work...at considerable cost to the taxpayers. $60 million in Tomahawk missiles fired off, and within 24 hours the same airfield was up and running with Syrian and Russian jets taking off and bombing more Syrian citizens opposed to Assad.
Our “feel good” action may well come back to haunt us. Surprisingly, Russia has objected in terms far less than warlike and should be given some credit---for now. And Senator Paul’s quixotic foreign policy ideas were right again...and even more so his plea to observe the Constitution.
Support of our Constitution should never be partisan. I hope many of you will object to Rep. Barr and Sen. McConnell before the President gets the idea he can go further with his illegal foreign policy ventures...and the specter of atomic war once again threatens the world...as it truly did not so long ago.
I'm just sayin'...