Ex-White House & CONG GOV OPS Spokesman Robert Weiner And Daniel Sordello Assert CONG Leaders Criticize Obama For No ISIS Strategy But Refuse To Pass His Anti-ISIS Force Authorization

OPED IN CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER

Dec 19, 2015, 15:02 ET from Robert Weiner Associates from ,Solutions for Change

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an oped in the Cleveland Plain Dealer just out, ex-White House and House Government Operations spokesman Robert Weiner and policy analyst Daniel Sordello assert that Congressional leaders criticize President Obama for "no ISIS strategy" but refuse to pass his anti-ISIS force authorization he sent them two years ago or any alternative.  The two trace war authorizations since World War Two and contend that failure dominates all US wars fought without constitutionally required authorizations.  The contend that when the American people and Congress have not bought into the wars, the strategies and missions have historically been unclear and filled with errors.

The article is entitled, "For Syria and other conflicts, Congress must exercise its critical force-authorizing role." It may be found at: http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/12/for_syria_and_other_conflicts.html

The authors stated, "As Congress now considers the pros and cons of new or altered military action in Syria and Afghanistan, history comes into play.  Congress is reluctant to pass any war authorization despite the Constitution's requirement to do so. Sen. Robert Corker (R-TN), Chairman of the powerful Foreign Relations Committee, said November 11, 'To bring up something that highlights the nation is divided doesn't make a lot of sense to me.'"


Wars Not Declared by Congress Since WWII


Korean
War

1950

Vietnam
War

1964

Grenada
War

1983

Persian
Gulf War

1990

 

War in
Afghanistan

2001

Iraq War

2003

Syrian
War

TBD

 Mission

 

Stop
Communist
peninsula takeover

End
Communism
in Vietnam

Protect
students
from
Communism

Get Iraq
out of
Kuwait

End
terrorist
strongholds

End Iraqi
possession
of WMDs

Remove
Assad? Stop
Chemical
Weapons?
Defeat
ISIS?

Achieved




x




Failed

x

x

x (Problem did not exist)



x(Problem did not exist)


To Be Determined





x


x

The authors wrote, "None of the wars the United States has entered since WWII apart from Grenada and the Gulf War (Iraq War I) can be chalked up as a victory. The reasons for lack of victories ranges from flawed intelligence to miscalculation of ground strategies in theater to pushing an impossible ideological agenda for the nation's culture involved.  Using the Constitution's regimen provided by our Founding Fathers for Congress to 'declare war' could be the check and balances that would set America straight on wars, as well as assure strategy and purpose"

The writers said, "The Korean War cost the United States $50 billion as well as 33,000 U.S soldiers' lives, with another 110,000 troops wounded. The purpose was to prevent communism in the Korean Peninsula. While this was accomplished in the South, the North remains a huge failure. At .the October 16, 2015 White House Joint Press Conference with the President of South Korea, which we attended, we asked several top U/S reporters, 'Do we know who won the Korean War?' Nobody could answer."

The pair remarked, "Putting an end to Communist rule over Vietnam was the goal of the Vietnam War. Yet the North Vietnam communist government assumed control of the entire country. The U.S. lost 58,307 soldiers, with an additional 300,000 wounded.  If one walks through the Vietnam Military History Museum in Hanoi (known as The Hanoi War Museum), not only are there full-length pictures of captured American soldiers being paraded, but maps highlighting covert supply routes used by Vietnam, and a large chart listing a dozen supporting countries as their coalition. When the tour guide was asked why no one knew about the supply routes, the guide's response was, 'You weren't supposed to know.' The tour is a shocking experience for Americans who believe the United States military is invincible."

Weiner and Sordello contended that justification for the Grenada War was to protect the lives of American students at St. George's School of Medicine. President Reagan stated, "There were then about 1,000 of our citizens on Grenada, 800 of them students. Concerned that they'd be harmed or held as hostages, I ordered a flotilla of ships." In reality, there was no reported increase of Granada's military activity.

The two writers declared, "While the Gulf War provided a decisive victory in getting Iraq out of Kuwait, the later Iraq War invasion would negate most good that came from winning earlier. In a TIME article by President George HW Bush, 'Why We Didn't Remove Saddam,' he stated: 'Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the U.N.'s mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression we hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, the U.S. could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land.' His son, President GW Bush, did the exact opposite."

The authors asserted, "The goal of the War in Afghanistan was to end al Qaeda and other terrorist strongholds in Afghanistan.  26,000 Afghan Security forces were killed as well as over 3,000 Americans. At peak we had 100,000 American troops there in 2011.  President Obama announced October 15 that 10,000 troops will remain as a security and counterterrorism training and maintenance force because the Taliban, Al Qaeda, and ISIS have grown, and we must help Afghanis to fight them".

The duo asserted, "Iraq's development of WMD's was the driving force behind the Iraq War. The idea was put into the media by George W. Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, and Secretary of State Colin Powell.  In a post 9/11 world, WMDs would scare any American citizen.  Despite CIA report footnotes questioning the evidence, Administration officials persisted in the myth.  Later media including an MSNBC documentary contended the real reason for the war effort was Iraqi oil, which the US also never obtained."

The two commented, "Many are suggesting that America go beyond air strikes in Syria to ground troops.  In September 2013, President Obama was ready to expand the mission, but requested an authorization from Congress.  Congress could not get support from the American people for another Middle East war with another unclear mission. Neither chamber reported a war authorization out of committee.  In this case, the President used the Constitution, and the Constitution worked."

Weiner and Sordello concluded, "American government is based on checks and balances including the process of declaring war, mandated to Congress. History provides proof that not adhering to this process set forth by the Constitution can result in colossal failure. History does repeat itself."

Robert Weiner, an Oberlin graduate, is former spokesman for the White House and for the House Government Operations Committee.  Daniel Sordello is Policy Analyst at Robert Weiner Associates and Solutions for Change.

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SOURCE Robert Weiner Associates; Solutions for Change