Libertarian Party Calls for Congressional Involvement on Syria Decision
Free Press Report
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The Libertarian Party of Indiana is calling upon the state's congressional delegation to demand a voice in the decision whether the U.S. employs military strikes in Syria.
In a brief letter to Indiana's congressmen and senators, LPIN State Chairman Dan Drexler called for the legislators to demand approval by the U.S. Congress before any military strikes would take place.
"We stand by what President Obama said in 2007. Then a senator, Obama clearly declared, 'The president does not have the power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation,' " Drexler wrote.
"It is incumbent upon you to demand your voice be heard in this decision. To allow as important a decision as this to be made by the Executive Branch is a gross abdication of your responsibilities as an elected official," Drexler concluded.
The LPIN commends the positions taken by both Representatives Rokita and Walorski. Rokita was quick to sign a letter issued by U.S. Congressmen calling for Congressional approval for any military action. Walorski has publicly called for the Obama Administration to clearly spell out their intentions to Congress.
The Libertarian Party is strongly opposed to any U.S. military intervention in the civil war in Syria, affirming the party's longstanding foreign policy of nonintervention.
In a statement released by the national Libertarian Party, LNC Chairman Geoffrey Neale said, "There is no
Constitutional justification for America to unilaterally use force in Syria. Syria is not threatening our country. We have no national interest in intervening there. There are no reasons for the U.S. to support either the Assad dictatorship or the opposition warlords."