For John, BLUF: The AUMF is far from assured. Nothing to see here; just move along.
AUMF is Authorization for the Use of Military Force and is from the Congress to the President.
Senate Panel pushes forward resolution allowing US Military to attack Syria as a way of saying no more chemical weapons. The vote was 10-7 and bipartisan. From the International Herald Tribune we have this:
The Senate’s newest member, Edward Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts, voted present.I thought that was a Senator Obama kind of thing.
Here is the summary:
The approved resolution would limit strikes against the Syrian government to 60 days, with the possibility of 30 more days upon consultation with Congress, and it would specifically block the use of ground troops. But to retain the support of Mr. McCain, considered crucial to the authorization’s final passage, the committee toughened some of the language.If there is no threat of ground troops there is no serious threat, unless one is willing to obliterate the cultural features. Think Kosovo.
Regards — Cliff