The drums of war are beating again.
While the media has already convicted Syria's President Assad of using weapons of mass destruction against his own people, there are other reactions as well. People of faith are once again bringing up the issues of just war theory. People with a memory as long as 10 years are feeling deja vu: trouble in the Middle East involving WMDs... is this real, or is the threat imaginary (or, at least, not as great and dire as we are initially led to believe)?
Some media outlets are saying we are only a month (or maybe even just days) away from war with Syria. Others are wondering why the President believes he has the authority to unilaterally declare war, when the Constitution grants that power to the legislative - not executive - branch (see Article 1, Section 8).
It therefore fall to the people to remind Congress and the President of their respective duties. This is why a new petition has been posted to petition2congress.com (a site that sends letters to your Senators and U.S. Representative) to ask Congress to cut short their Summer vacation and thoroughly debate the evidence and need for military action against Syria.
The text of the petition follows:
Dear First Branch of the Constitutional U.S. Government,
One of the enumerated powers of the Legislative Branch is to declare war. At the time of this letter, you are on vacation and the Executive Branch (i.e., the President) is about to unilaterally declare war on Syria.
We have been down the "WMD" road before. It is only reasonable to assume that you would cut your Summer vacation short to convene Congress for a full debate about the evidence of WMDs used in Syria, as well as to determine the risk to national security that Syria poses to the United States and whether there is legitimate cause for a declaration of war.
To do otherwise would be negligence and a dereliction of duty.
Please, do the job your constituents hired you to do. Our nation is tired of war, over-burdened by debt, and unwilling to be the world's police. If we are to go to war yet again, it must be after serious examination of the evidence and just cause for war. And only you - not the President - can and must do that examination and analysis.
If you'd prefer to call Rep. Alan Grayson to call him back to work, call 407-615-8889 (or fax him at 407-615-8890).
If you'd also like to call Sen. Marco Rubio (407-254-2573) and Sen. Bill Nelson (407-872-7161), you can request their return to the Capitol as well.