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WSJ's Henninger: Republicans Must Show Leadership on Syria to Stop US Decline

Thursday, 05 Sep 2013 03:52 PM

By Dan Weil

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Republicans in Congress should vote to authorize President Barack Obama's use of force in Syria to uphold U.S. credibility and status around the world, says Wall Street Journal columnist Daniel Henninger.

"Republicans should support an authorization on Syria for the same reason they are opposing him on Obamacare: to stop America's decline," Henninger wrote Thursday. "Whether by design or incompetence, Barack Obama's policies are putting in motion a historic American reversal at home and abroad."

Henninger heaped scorn on Obama for saying Wednesday that his own credibility is not on the line in confronting the Syrian crisis, but that of the Congress and the international community.

"The purpose of Mr. Obama's fantastic statements could not be more obvious: he is trying to drive the Republicans into a 'no' vote on the Syria resolution," Henninger said.

"He is shirking presidential responsibility for the U.S.' role in the world. He doesn't want that responsibility."

"The GOP," Henninger insisted, "should not be a party to this abdication."

"He has to step up. An authorization vote on a discrete world crisis will force the inconstant Mr. Obama to focus and think about the world with the seriousness it requires from the president of the United States," he added.

Henninger went on to note that if Republicans "vote to defeat a resolution on using military power against [Syrian President Bashar] Assad . . . it will be a vote to take Uncle Sam out of the world power game."

"This will put the U.S. in a very bad place. Those who think their president can begin reversing all this in 2017 are dreaming," he continued.

Henninger said it's time for Republicans in Congress to show the American people and the world that they understand what's at stake.

"The American people, who the last time I looked weren't interested in throwing in the towel, will appreciate hearing something that sounds like leadership," he concluded."

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