As the coming war with Syria approaches and cooler heads try their hardest to prevail, Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey are throwing their support behind the war effort. With the Obama Administration officially confirming the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons on its own citizens earlier this week, both Toomey and Casey have released statements in support of the US killing people the right way for killing people the wrong way.
“Assad has crossed more than a red line and the United States must act in the interest of our national and global security,” went Casey’s statement.
“[Chemical] weapons and [Assad's] behavior pose a national security risk to the US. This calls for an American response,” read Toomey’s.
That response seems likely, given that the Obama Administration is not expected to seek authorization for military action from Congress, despite whatever consultation the two groups have had. However, as House member Rep. Tom Marino noted, “the Constitution clearly separates war powers between the executive and legislative branches,” and House members are circulating a petition asking President Obama to receive Congress’ permission before going off to war.