Obama is now at war in Syria: Illegal bombing campaign begins

The Obama administration is finally doing what it wanted to do last year: bomb Syria. The airstrike campaign against the Islamic State in Syria began on Monday evening with the support of some Middle Eastern allies:

U.S. Central Command said the strikes were conducted with a mix of fighters, bombers, drones and Tomahawk missiles.
Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia joined in or supported the strikes, according to Central Command.

The strikes targeted ISIS training areas, command and control centers, storage facilities and a finance center, Central Command said.

It also announced that the strikes hit not only ISIS but a separate terror group, Khorasan.

Central Command said the group is “a network of seasoned al-Qa’ida veterans - sometimes referred to as the Khorasan Group - who have established a safe haven in Syria to develop external attacks, construct and test improvised explosive devices and recruit Westerners to conduct operations.”

There are a few things to weigh when thinking at the bombing campaign against the Islamic State in Syria. First, as Jim Antle points out, there is “no legal basis” for this war. President Barack Obama has a responsibility to go to Congress to seek authorization. He failed to do, and, in fact, has openly flaunted his decision to, once again, bypass the Constitution.

Second, the bombing campaign could put a broader international coalition against the Islamic State in jeopardy at the United Nations, according to Politico. Though Syria isn’t challenging the U.S.-led bombing campaign, it’s not like Bashar al-Assad had much of a choice, given that President Obama has made it clear that he wants Assad out of power.

And, lastly, following up on that last point. There is absolutely no guarantee that the bombing of Islamic State targets in Syria won’t eventually turn into an action to remove Assad, which could mean a prolonged conflict. Keep in mind that the U.S. is ramping up its training and arming of Syrian rebels, who aren’t just fighting against the Islamic State but are also seeking to take out Assad and take control of the country.

Sure, the Islamic State is threat, but President Obama’s recent foreign policy moves a more involved military campaign than is currently being undertaken. Simply put, the United States, by bombing Syria, could worsen the situation in the Middle East if the administration finds an excuse to take out Assad.

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