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September 8, 2013

Congress’ approval important

President Barack Obama’s decision to seek congressional approval for military action against Syria is a move in the right direction.

There is evidence that the leader of the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against his people — killing 1,400 people, including hundreds of women and children.

Killing women and children is despicable.

The question appears to be whether President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons to carry out the attacks.

Some feel it is important to send a message that chemical attacks will not be tolerated anywhere in the world.

If Syria can use chemical weapons against its people, what’s to stop Syria from using them against another country?

Some feel the killing of women and children should not be tolerated under any circumstance.

The United States is a world superpower.

Sometimes the job of the strong is to protect the weak.

Many also are weary of our military dying in conflicts around the globe.

There is no strong consensus.

That’s one reason the president is seeking congressional approval of military action.

The president may also just be seeking political cover by getting bipartisan approval so the Republican Party can’t call this another Obama or Democrat war.

The U.S. Constitution gives Congress the job of declaring war.

Lobbing missiles into Syria is tantamount to a declaration of war.

That’s Congress’ job.

The Constitution is being upheld — regardless of whether Obama’s motives are political.

Congress deserves a say.

It’s the right move.

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