Fourteen questions on Syria for the U.S. Congress

Is it worse for a government to kill its own people (Syria, Egypt, Turkey, Russia, China…) or other people (Israel, Palestine, Pakistan, India…)?

Is killing people by chemical weapons worse than killing them by nuclear bombs, traditional bombs, guns, drones, and sanctions preventing the importation of medical supplies?

When Iraq killed its own citizens by the Halabja poison gas attack in 1988, were you then in favor of the US attacking Iraq?

Have you voted or will you vote for funds to destroy the remaining chemical weapons in US stockpiles (second to Russia’s)?

Is it your belief that the US and its allies have never used chemical weapons* or sold them to others who have used them?

Do you care whether or not the UN and NATO support an attack?

Do you believe the Syrian regime is a threat to US national security?

How many Syrians are you comfortable with killing and wounding in a US attack?

To what extent does public opinion (not over 50% in favor of attacking Syria, even under the most favorable description) matter to you? Would opinion in your district matter more to you than national opinion?

If you favor intervention, will you insist on a declaration of war or do you believe that the US constitution (I.8: “The Congress shall have Power … To declare War … To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions”) is superseded by the War Powers Act of 1973?

Would you vote for or against new funding specifically designed to pay for military action against Syria?

Will you vote for funds to eventually rebuild US embassies and other US-related buildings in the Middle East if they are destroyed, and to compensate any US victims or their survivors?

How do you feel about military action increasing the likelihood of attacks against Israel from neighboring countries or the shut-off of oil shipments through the Persian Gulf?

If Syria destroys US bases and ships with Russian-supplied missiles, will you favor a wholesale invasion of Syria, and would that be the case even if Russia intervenes with military support for Syria?

*note: for the Secretary of State’s own experience with chemical warfare, and his support to Americans affected by it, see Evan Thomas, Michael Isikoff, and Jamie Reno, “Kerry and Agent Orange,” Newsweek, in The Daily Beast, 3/7/04.


About politicswestchesterview

Nathaniel regards himself as a progressive Democrat who sees a serious need to involve more Americans in the political process if we are to rise to Ben Franklin's challenge "A republic, madam, if you can keep it," after a passerby asked him what form of government the founders had chosen. This blog gives my views and background information on the local, state, and national political scenes. My career in higher education was mainly in the areas of international studies, foreign languages, and student advising, most recently at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, from which I retired in 2006. I have lived in West Chester since 1986.
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