Michele Bachmann's Syria stance is surprisingly reasonable
Bachmann wants Obama to tread carefully.
As the drumbeat crescendos for some sort of military intervention in the Syrian civil war, Michele Bachmann is... the voice of reason?
So it seems. The lame-duck congresswoman is calling on the Obama administration to consult Congress before getting U.S. forces involved in the conflict. Echoing some on the far left of the political spectrum, she's also skeptical about whether it's really a good idea to empower the fractured opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
"I am already troubled by the Obama administration sending arms to the Syrian rebels, who have connections to al Qaida-linked groups," Bachmann said this week, according to a St. Cloud Times report. "We have two very bad options in Syria, but the last thing that the American people want is to get in the middle of a conflict in Syria that doesn't represent an imminent threat to America or our national security interests."
Bachmann also joined more than 100 other House members from both parties in signing a letter to the president arguing he needs permission from the full Congress before intervening militarily.
"Engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in our Constitution," the letter says.
Of course, Obama approved military action without seeking or receiving congressional approval once before, back in 2011 during the Libyan uprising that resulted in the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi.
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