regrets

I regret not speaking loudly and publicly about a lot of things, but just at the moment, it is Obama’s decision to use force in Libya — and Syria — without Congressional authorization.

That leaves me in the awkward position of opposing escalation in Syria by President Trump, but not being able to cite at least my own precedent of opposition to armed conflict in general, in addition to favoring the very minimal bar of congressional approval.

Our trusty senior California Senator seems very likely to sign on to this misadventure; having issues a “we must act” statement a couple days ago. Perhaps we could consider a non-violent course of action that doesn’t inflame tensions in the Middle East? Suggestions:

  • accept refugees; not a few and not reluctantly
  • create/fund areas of refuge in neighboring countries

Pelosi has apparently called this response “proportional”, though no link to her statement is forthcoming at the moment.

I hold out hope for Kamala Harris, but nothing has been posted to her Senate site yet.

Congress: I beg of you to force the President to get your approval before this mad war.

My representatives: You know your constituencies oppose this action. Represent us!