Monday, September 9, 2013

House liberals offer alternative to attacking Syria

Dem Rep. Barbara Lee
The use of military force only as a last resort has been preached over the years, but it has too often not been practiced by our nation's leadership. Hopefully, it's an idea whose time has come. Writing for the Washington Post, Greg Sargent notes:

With President Obama set to address the nation from the Oval Office tomorrow night, this week may determine whether he can win Congressional support for military action in Syria — and here’s a new development that could complicate his quest.

As early as tomorrow, I’m told, House liberals will introduce their own resolution on Syria that would call on the United States to exhaust all diplomatic efforts to reach a negotiated political solution to the Syrian conflict, and all means for using international law to hold Assad accountable, rather than opting for military intervention.

The White House has repeatedly argued it has already exhausted all diplomatic options. House liberals disagree, and intend to try to put it to a vote.

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