April 12, 2017

University President John Garvey published an op-ed in Catholic News Service on the missile strike in Syria.


Amid the general, bipartisan enthusiasm for the president’s decision to fire 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base, I worry that we have lost sight of an important principle.

The president made the decision on his own. Congress stood by like a Sunday afternoon crowd at Wimbledon, a spectator but not a player, politely cheering the volley from the sidelines. (Good shot!) This is not the role the Constitution assigned to it.

Don’t get me wrong. If I were a member of Congress, I would vote for what we did with enthusiasm. President Bashar Assad’s government bombed innocent women and children in the town of Khan Sheikhoun with sarin gas, in violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, which Syria has signed. ...

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