Many will play “Monday-morning-quarterback” when it comes to whether the use of 59 Tomahawk Missiles in the Syrian strike to take out an airfield, was the right thing to do. Many will listen to the fake news talking heads and let a conclusion be drawn for them.
Is it the right thing to do, to allow someone to brutally murder men, women and children when you have the ability to stop them? How many of you will raise your hand and vote that it’s ok to sit back and watch more die on the nightly news?
We have American military in the area. Whether you are condemning Trump’s decision to wipe out that airfield or not; what would you have said if the next strike had been to drop sarin gas on our people because Trump did nothing? Would your attitude have changed then?
But, the question under consideration; Was this strike Constitutional?
Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution outlines the powers of Congress, and within those powers, it states:
To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;
Now we have to argue if the surgical strike to take out the ability to deliver chemical weapons a “declaration of war.” If you are Syrian, your answer is likely a quick “yes” but from our standpoint, the question is probably better phrased as; “Do you believe we are now engaged in an active war with Syria?” Where my answer is “no” and I believe most would feel that way, it is strictly an opinion-type answer.
Letters of Marque isn’t a term that most are likely familiar with but it is basically farming out military action on our behalf whether it is another […]