Take Action: Demand that no military action be taken in Syria without prior Congressional authorization

Win Without War

Once again, the United States appears to be heading towards taking military action in the Middle East. Pundits and commentators are abuzz with talk of imminent cruise missile strikes and targeted bombing against military targets in Syria. Yet to-date, Congress has not authorized any such attack and it appears so far that the President is not going to seek such authorization.

Take Action: Demand that no military action be taken in Syria without prior Congressional authorization: http://www.winwithoutwar.org/page/speakout/syria

The United States Constitution firmly gives the power to declare war to Congress. The President is able to take military action in emergency cases of self-defense, but no one is claiming such justification for strikes against Syria. In the United Kingdom, Prime Minister David Cameron has recalled the British Parliament from their summer recess to debate and potentially vote on intervening in Syria. Yet Congress remains on break with no plans to return for nearly two weeks. On Sunday, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) and Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) went so far as to tell Fox News that President Obama should strike Syria first and get Congressional approval afterwards. That could not be more backwards.

Tell Congress: The law is clear. We must not go to war in Syria without Congressional debate and authorization: http://www.winwithoutwar.org/page/speakout/syria

Thankfully, some in Congress are standing up to this rush to war. Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) recently stated, “Congress needs to have a full debate before the United States commits to any military force in Syria – or elsewhere.” Similarly, Representative Justin Amash (R-MI) tweeted that it would be “unconstitutional and violate the War Powers Resolution” for the US to strike Syria without congressional authority.

Stand with Reps. Lee and Amash and demand that any U.S. military action in Syria require prior Congressional authorization: http://www.winwithoutwar.org/page/speakout/syria

Thank you for working for peace,

Stephen, Angela, Tom and the Win Without War Team

P.S. For more information on the role of Congress in military action, read the Constitution Project’s letter (PDF) to Congress and analysis by Just Foreign Policy’s Robert Naiman.


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