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Syria

33 petitions

Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, President of the United States

Join Bernie, Mike, Chris, Rand, Tim, 88 Reps: Trump Has No Legal Authority to Hit Syria

On March 20, 44 Senators took a stand against unconstitutional war when they voted in favor of the Sanders-Lee-Murphy resolution to end unconstitutional U.S. participation in the catastrophic Saudi war in Yemen. Now, President Trump is threatening to attack the Syrian government without Congressional authorization, in flagrant violation of the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution. Some of those 44 Senators who took a stand against unconstitutional war on March 20 have taken a stand now. 88 Democratic and Republican members of the House have also taken a stand. Senator Sanders said: “President Trump has no legal authority for broadening the war in Syria. It is Congress, not the president, who determines whether our country goes to war, and Congress must not abdicate that responsibility.” He also said: "If President Trump believes that expanding the war in Syria will bring stability to the region and protect American interests, he should come to Congress with his ideas."  Senator Lee said: “As news reports continue to indicate impending U.S. military action against the Assad regime in Syria, I again implore President Trump to consult with Congress before engaging our armed forces. The Russian government has stated that it will not only seek to strike down our missiles, but also fire upon the source that sends them. Using the 48-hour notification window in the War Powers Act is not enough when the U.S. or our service members are not in immediate danger of imminent attack.” He also said: “The use of chemical weapons absolutely requires a response from the United States. But if that response is going to include military force, the president of the United States should come to Congress and ask for authorization before military force is used." Senator Murphy said: "We're a nation of laws, and we have a Constitution that says very clearly that it's Congress who gets to decide who the United States can fight wars against. The president can take military action without congressional permission if the U.S. is attacked or is at risk of imminent attack — but that's not what happened here. If the president thinks he found a loophole that lets him attack other countries without authorization, he needs to show that justification and make that case to the people." Senator Paul said: “Promising war by tweet, insults not only the Constitution but every soldier who puts their life on the line.” Senator Kaine said: "Without congressional authorization, any military action President Trump takes in Syria that isn't in self-defense is illegal." He also said: “He’s a president, not a king, and Congress needs to quit giving him a blank check to wage war against anyone, anywhere. If he strikes Syria without our approval, what will stop him from bombing North Korea or Iran?” In the House, 88 Democrats and Republicans wrote to President Trump, pressing him to seek Congressional authorization before using military force, as required by the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution. Stand with these patriotic Members of Congress who meant what they said when they swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. Urge your elected officials in Washington to protect and defend the Constitution by signing our petition.

Robert Naiman
4,576 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives

Sign @RepZoeLofgren-@JustinAmash: @POTUS must get authorization before striking Syria

Under the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution, Congress, not the President, decides when the U.S. will use military force. President Trump is threatening to use military force to attack the government of Syria. But Congress hasn’t authorized President Trump to use military force against the government of Syria. If President Trump were to attack Syria without Congressional authorization, he would be violating the Constitution. That’s an impeachable offense. As the Congressional Progressive Caucus has stated, "President Trump does not have the power to authorize military force in Syria -- he must come to Congress first." As Kentucky Republican Thomas Massie has stated, "There is No congressional authorization to strike the government of Syria." California Democrat Zoe Lofgren and Michigan Republican Justin Amash are circulating a bipartisan letter to President Trump, insisting that he seek Congressional authorization before striking the government of Syria. In August 2013, two hundred Democratic and Republican House Members wrote to President Obama, insisting that he seek Congressional authorization before striking Syria. That’s why Obama backed down from his threat of unilateral action and chose diplomacy instead. Defend our Constitution and oppose endless war. Urge your Representative to sign the Lofgren-Amash letter against unconstitutional war by signing our petition.

Robert Naiman
6,685 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Stand with @SenMikeLee: @POTUS must get Congressional authorization before striking Syria

Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee – lead Republican sponsor of the Sanders-Lee-Murphy bill to end unconstitutional U.S. participation in the catastrophic Saudi war in Yemen – is saying that there must be a vote in Congress before President Trump takes any military action in Syria in response to a recent chemical attack, alleged to be carried out by the Syrian government. The Hill reports: Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) is urging President Trump to get congressional authorization before he uses military force to respond to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria. “The use of chemical weapons absolutely requires a response from the United States,” Lee said in a statement. "But if that response is going to include military force, the president of the United States should come to Congress and ask for authorization before military force is used." Senator Lee is right. Under the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution, Congress, not the President, decides when the U.S. will use military force. The Hill notes that Trump said he would decide on the U.S. response “over the next 24 to 48 hours," even though the U.S. doesn’t yet know for sure who did the attack, even though the organization that monitors the chemical weapons convention is still investigating the attack. In August 2013, unconstitutional U.S. military escalation in Syria was stopped when two hundred Democratic and Republican Members of the House wrote to President Obama, insisting that he seek Congressional authorization before striking Syria. Urge your Representative and Senators to stand with Mike Lee in defense of the Constitution and against unauthorized war by signing our petition. 

Robert Naiman
8,716 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

@POTUS & @RoKhanna are right: U.S. military must quit Syria when ISIS is defeated

Some people in the U.S. “national security establishment” – what former President Obama’s adviser Ben Rhodes once called “the Blob,” referring to Washington foreign policy “experts” who seem to always advocate for more war – are having a cow because President Trump has announced that he wants to withdraw U.S. military forces from Syria when ISIS is defeated. The ever-more-war crowd says the U.S. military should remain in Syria indefinitely to confront Russia, Iran, and/or the Syrian government. But President Trump is right, and the Blob – as usual – is wrong.   As progressive California Democrat Rep. Ro Khanna wrote last week, "I am glad Trump is rejecting Tillerson’s neocon vision of asking U.S forces to stay in Syria illegally to counter Iran or to facilitate regime change. We must not maintain an indefinite presence there with no authorization." Congress has never authorized any role for the U.S. military in Syria other than attacking ISIS and Al Qaeda. There is a longstanding dispute over whether even those things were authorized. But there is no dispute that Congress never authorized anything else. Under the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution, as soon as the U.S. is no longer fighting ISIS or Al Qaeda in Syria, U.S. forces must be withdrawn. And so long as they remain, fighting ISIS or Al Qaeda – at most – is all President Trump is allowed to direct U.S. forces to do. If anyone wants U.S. forces to do anything else in Syria, they need to come to Congress and make their case and get a majority of the House and Senate to pass a specific authorization for the use of force to make those actions Constitutional. Forcing these folks to make their case to Congress in full view of the American people will force them to distinguish between the military missions of combatting ISIS or Al Qaeda and any military mission they desire of combatting Russia, Iran, or the Syrian government. Not only are these different missions, they are likely to be contradictory. Whatever one otherwise thinks of Russia, Iran, and/or the Syrian government, they are opposed to ISIS and Al Qaeda. You don’t have to be a fan of Russia, Iran, and/or the Syrian government to acknowledge the basic fact that if there is a limit to how much blood and treasure we are willing to spend in Syria – which of course there is – then we might have to choose which priority we think is more important for the national security of the United States. The only Constitutional way to make that choice is with a majority vote in the House and Senate. President Trump has been criticized for saying that if Saudi Arabia wants the U.S. to fight anyone besides ISIS and Al Qaeda in Syria, then Saudi Arabia should pay for it. But President Trump is right to call attention to the key role of the government of Saudi Arabia in pressing the United States for a more militarily aggressive policy in Syria. As in the case of unconstitutional U.S. participation in the catastrophic Saudi war in Yemen, we need to ask: why are we obligated to fight Saudi Arabia’s proxy wars in the Middle East? How is this in the interests of the majority of Americans? Some who want to keep the U.S. military in Syria indefinitely argue that the U.S. military must stay to guarantee that ISIS can never re-emerge in Syria. But that argument is essentially a tautology. The only way the U.S. can use military force to guarantee that ISIS never re-emerges in Syria is to keep the U.S. military in Syria forever, which is of course exactly what these people want. They want to keep the U.S. military in Syria forever, like they want to keep the U.S. military in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Yemen forever. According to these people, the right time to withdraw the U.S. military from any country is never. According to these people, the right time to withdraw the U.S. military from any country is after some vague, amorphous, ill-defined goal is achieved, which goal always seems to be just out of reach. Urge your Representative and Senators to insist that the U.S. military be withdrawn from Syria as soon as ISIS is defeated in Syria by signing our petition.

Robert Naiman
4,669 supporters