Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Trump Military Strikes Need Ratification by Dr Ada M Fisher

Dr Ada Fisher
Though folks on both sides of the aisle are clapping and praising the strategic strikes against Syria undertaken by President Trump in response to their unleashing chemical weapons for Genocide on their own people, proceed with caution.  Congress’ hand should be forced to endorse and ratify this program as only they can constitutionally officially engage the nation in an act of war per their   War Powers Resolution (Pub.L. 93–148) .   In an attempt to rein in some of the president's claimed powers, The War Powers Resolution proscribes the only power of the president to wage war which is recognized by Congress.
A strike against another sovereign nation no matter its etiology can be interpreted as an act of war.  Where will the line be drawn?    Why have we not treated Rwanda, the Sudan, Iran, Iraq and seceded nations from Russia to this standard when genocide was committed against their peoples?  Is this to be our line in the sand for all such engagements?  Will our failure to act or our actions create refugees and immigrants that we now will be forced to absorbed?
Finally, a USA  President unafraid to exert leadership in the face of external national genocide  on a people not our own.  Underlying and lingering big issues remain?   Should regime change be engaged in?  Who decides the successors?  When our actions lead to the destruction of economies and political structures, what will be the infrastructure to feed, house and clothe those people or provide clarity for restructuring their best interest?  
When the foundations of rogue nations' political structures are diametrically different from ours, brakes need to be pumped less we take on a burden which may undermine the very concepts of who we are and what constitutionally we should be about.  If not us, who will render aid in view of the persistent vacuum for over eight years?
And by the way, to the uninformed, Hitler did unleash chemical gas as one of his preferred methods of human extermination.

Ada M. Fisher, MD, MPH is a licensed teacher, retired physician, former county school board member, speaker, author of Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions Good for What Ails Us Book 1 (available through Amazon. Com) and is the NC Republican National Committeewoman.  She also is a blogger for NewsMax magazine.