Republicans and Democrats in the United States House of Representatives united last week to oppose Obama administration policies on meddling in the Syrian conflict and violating the privacy of citizens through pervasive collection of telephone records.
A vote on lethal aid to Syrian rebels and broader United States military intervention resulted in a slow down of lethal aid to Syrian rebels and restrictions on any use of U.S. troops in that nation’s civil war. The limiting amendment was attached to a Defense Department appropriations bill and passed by voice votes “with only scant dissent.”
The adoption of this amendment represents the first real shift away from the imperial presidency allowed by Congress since the War Powers Resolution of 1973. President Obama lost the free hand he expected to continue the assault on a sovereign state, Syria, that never attacked or posed a threat to the U.S.
I’ve known Mark Karlin (online) for a while. As editor of BuzzFlash, he was generous enough to run my voting rights and other articles on more than a few occasions. He’s an excellent analyst in addition to his editorial skills and a solid progressive Democrat from Chicago. All the more reason to take his article below is a fair warning about the potential abuse of power. Michael Collins
By Mark Karlin, Editor
BuzzFlash and Truthout
These are the powers of a modern day Nero, not the leader of a nation based on the foundation of a Constitution guaranteeing specific rights and legal recourse.
Sometimes, it even takes BuzzFlash at Truthout a little time to write commentaries about killer issues, in this case literally.
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