Why a Strike on Syria without Congressional Authorization is Illegal

Posted by on September 10, 2013 in Blog
At this point, it is unclear whether military action against Syria will be necessary in order to resolve the standoff over the Assad regime’s reportedly use of chemical weapons, given the alternative proposals apparently inadvertently suggested by Secretary of State John Kerry. What has become abundantly clear, however, is the lack of support the Obama Administration has over its proposed action, which was prompted by the chemical weapons attack last month that killed more than one thousand civilians.
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Congress’ Syria Proposals, Side by Side

Posted by on September 09, 2013 in Blog

By Isaac LeveyLegal Fellow

The likelihood that Congress will authorize American military intervention in Syria is rapidly diminishing. Almost no one disputes that chemical weapons were used in Syria, and few serious people (but some Members of Congress) doubt that President Bashar al-Assad was responsible. Yet there simply is not enough support, among the American people or their representatives in Congress, to get an authorization of military intervention through both houses of Congress. Some of this can be attributed to an isolationist “none-of-our-business” mindset: a desire to avoid yet another military...

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The Hill: Prominent pro-Israel group throws its weight behind Syria strikes

Posted by The Hill on September 06, 2013 in News Clips

A prominent pro-Israel group on Tuesday swung its considerable political influence behind President Obama’s call for military strikes against Syria.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) broke its silence on the Syria question, issuing a statement that urged lawmakers to grant the president “the authority he has requested to protect America’s national security interests and dissuade the Syrian regime’s further use of unconventional weapons.”

“The civilized world cannot tolerate the use of these barbaric weapons, particularly against an innocent civilian population including hundreds of children. Simply put, barbarism on a mass scale must not be given a free pass,”...

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Syria Split Six Ways to Sunday

Posted on September 04, 2013 in Countdown
Fervor over a potential US strike on Syria has completely eclipsed continued unrest in Egypt. But as the most populous Arab state, Egypt and the attitudes of its people count, especially as the US potentially deepens its role in the region. A new Zogby Research poll on Egyptian Attitudes in the Post-Tamarrud, Post-Morsi Era, conducted in the second half of July 2013, shows that favorable ratings toward the US, Ambassador Anne Patterson, and President Obama are at 1%, 1%, and 3%, respectively. So what do these numbers tell us?
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War and Peace: How Congress is Handling Syria

Posted by on September 03, 2013 in Blog
The Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons against civilians on August 21, 2013, that claimed the lives of more than 1,400 Syrians, including over 400 children, brought strong rebuke from President Obama who had previously called the usage of weapons of mass destruction as a “red line” and called for U.S. military strikes against the Syrian regime.
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Despite Regime Brutality, Military Force Will Not Solve Syria.

Posted by on August 30, 2013 in Blog
Middle East needs forceful American diplomatic leadership to bring change to Syria, not missile strikes. In the aftermath of the undisputed use of chemical weapons, Secretary of State John Kerry attempted to present to the American people today the rationale for military strikes on Syria’s regime. After making a compelling case for “what we know,” Secretary Kerry turned to “what we must do about it.”
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We Need to Hear From You About Egypt, Syria, and Palestine

Posted by on July 18, 2013 in Blog
As waves of protests and popular uprisings blossomed across the Arab world two winters ago, Arab Americans became swept up in their movements as well. It is difficult to forget the hope many of us shared in those initial weeks and months as massive, non-violent demonstrations flowed into streets demanding change. Yet as events have continued to unfold across the region, the evolving situations in each country have grown increasingly complex. Arab Americans have a unique role to play in ongoing policy debates regarding the Arab world, and that’s why AAI is responding to calls from the community to convene national Arab American conversations on Egypt, Syria, and Palestine.
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To Solve Syria, Arm the Free Syrian Army

Posted by on June 27, 2013 in Blog
By Yisser Bittar Government Relations and Advocacy Assistant at the Syrian American Council On June 14, Jeffrey Wright wrote on the AAI blog that it is a mistake for President Obama to provide defensive arms to vetted elements of the Syrian opposition. Wright asserted that the move would further militarize the Syria conflict, would place the US in the regional "Sunni camp," and represented a "capitulation to advocates of intervention in Washington." As a Syrian American who has been working for over a year in DC to raise support for the Syrian Revolution, including military support to pro-democracy rebels, I would like to take this opportunity to respond.
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The Mistake of Arming Syria’s Rebels

Posted by on June 14, 2013 in Blog

Last night, the Obama Administration announced that it has concluded that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons against its opponents in Syria’s civil war, and that it would begin to arm the rebels fighting against the Syrian government. White House officials said that the shipments of arms would be coordinated by the CIA and would include small arms, ammunition, and possibly anti-tank weapons. This list notably excludes the anti-aircraft weaponry that the rebels insist they need to neutralize the regime’s advantage in the skies. According to press reports, the news was greeted with cautious...

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After Syria Trip, McCain Renews Call for Intervention

Posted by on June 07, 2013 in Blog
By Abdulaziz Al-Alami Legal Fellow After returning last week from a surprise trip to Syria to meet with members of the Syrian opposition, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said at the Brookings Institution yesterday that he was now more concerned than any time since the darkest days of the war in Iraq that the Middle East is descending into sectarian conflict.
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