- Posted September 3, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Are chemical weapons a ‘red line’?
No (Public Hearings on Syria - Political Theater - Nothing More)
- hhanks, CNN iReport producer
Sitting and listening to the ongoing hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this evening concerning the crisis in Syria and whether the US will "punish" the Syrian regime for use of chemical weapons, one thing is apparent. The conducting of congressional hearings is purely academic and political theater - nothing more.
What is becoming evident as Secretary of State John Kerry has made clear is that there is no contemplation that Congress will say, "No" to the request of President Barack Obama for authorization to mete out some type of punishment on President Bashir al Assad for use of chemical weapons in the continuing civil war within that Middle Eastern nation.
Also clear is no matter whether Congress concedes to the request and votes to give the President authorization, the President will act on his own assumed authority under the Constitution as commander-in-chief.
Whether the American people in the majority want action or no action in regard to Syria does not matter. Whether the Congress agrees or disagrees does not matter. The President will do what the President wants to do.
So why bother with the hearings when the Administration is stating through both Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, that they will not commit the President and the Administration to abiding by the will of Congress?
The Secretaries are making clear that a "no" vote is not acceptable and is not foreseeable. The foregone conclusion is Congress either votes "yes" or the President will act on his own.
From the Cornfield, is this the same separation of powers and checks and balances on which we were schooled in civics and government classes?
If the President's mind is made up, why go through this charade?
If the President's mind is made up, why broadcast over the world media what the US will or won't do providing the Syrians the ability to buttress defenses and relocate and hide whatever targets the US intelligence services and military forces have pinpointed?
Does this make much sense to anyone?