(Memphis) As Congress considers President Obama’s request to strike Syria, many people are wondering why we’re even considering military action.
With many in the US turned off to any military involvement because of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, many consider this action a tough sale to the American people.
For the average person who doesn’t follow foreign affairs, it’s very complicated to understand what’s going on half a world away in the Middle East, but a civil war going on right now in Syria could cause the US to act and put American lives at stake.
Syria is a country in the Middle East where tens of thousands are dead and millions are on the run because of a violent civil war.
Many believe Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, used chemical weapons to kill thousands of his enemies, including children.
This goes against many agreements the US and our allies have against suing weapons of mass destruction.
For this reason President Barack Obama says the U.S. must act by stepping in with a limited military action.
Instead of ordering the attack, Obama is asking Congress for approval.
He did this after the urging of Congressman Steve Cohen and many others to do so.
“Only Congress can declare war. And while we’ve taken the fiction for many occurrences that shooting 200 missiles into a nation is just hostilities, I think that’s war,” said Cohen.
Critics say the president doesn’t need approval because the military action is a limited strike, not a war.
Congress won’t be back to vote for another week, and some believe the president should order them back for a special session to solve the problem sooner rather than later.
“Just go do it. Get out. Don’t let it hang around for a few years. If there’s a problem hit it and come back, simple,” said Jason Smith.
Foreign policy experts say it may not be that simple, and Syrian ally Iran indicated it may retaliate if the US strikes.