Many conflicting signals are coming out of the White House with regard to military action in Syria. The latest turn of events involves Secretary of State Kerry going to Switzerland to consider a diplomatic solution which would require president Assad to surrender his entire inventory of chemical weapons to avoid being attacked by the United States. Russian president Putin has offered to help broker the deal. It is very difficult to predict how this situation will play out.
On March 1, budget cuts brought about by the sequester went into effect. What is the sequester and where did it come from? The current incarnation of the sequester came about during the debt ceiling debate of 2011. It was passed as part of the Budget Control Act, which President Obama signed in August of that same year.
President Obama will be faced with many challenges in the upcoming election. It will be difficult for him to divert attention and camouflage the truth, as focus continues to sharpen. It is incumbent upon us as American citizens to do our own homework and research on critical issues affecting us all.
On October 14th, President Obama sent a letter to Congress advising them of his intent to deploy a “small number of combat equipped US forces” to central Africa. The letter went on to say that “These forces will act as advisors to partner forces that have the goal of removing from the battlefield Joseph Kony and other senior leadership of the LRA”.
The War Powers Resolution of 1973 directs the President of the United States to notify Congress within 48 hours of committing U.S. troops to military action, and prohibits those troops from remaining committed for more than 60 days (with an additional 30 day withdrawal period permitted), unless Congressional authorization is given or a declaration of war is made.