JAKARTA :The debate in the US parliament between the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, and US President Donald Trump about the authority to order an attack on Syria has not yet come to an end.
The Trump Administration used the authority rationale once awarded in the war on terrorists in 2001 and the efforts to combat the militia groups of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
The majority of US lawmakers openly say they do not mind the government’s legal reason for launching an attack.
But Trump considers expanding the attack on Syrian government authorities, an argument opposed by Congress.
“The President of Trump has no legitimate authority to expand the war in Syria,” Senator Bernie Sanders was quoted as saying by VOANews.com, Friday (13/4/2018).
According to him, only Congress, not the president who has the authority to declare war and Congress should not ignore its rights.
“Trump is president, not a king, he needs Congressional approval if he wants to start a military offensive,” Democratic Senator Tim Kaine said.
“If the attack to Syria without permission then how do we stop Trump to attack North Korea or Iran ?,” he said.
Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar Assad said the Western threat to invade his country after alleged chemical weapons attacks was based on “lies”.
According to him, these countries are trying to undermine his recent troop victory near Damascus against rebels. The United States and its allies threatened to take military action after Syrian government forces allegedly carried out chemical weapons attacks.
Syrian opposition activists and medical officials said the attack resulted in more than 40 people killed.
The Syrian government denies the allegations. Assad last Thursday said Western nations were angry, as their mainstay opposition forces lost in eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus.
Russia, a key ally of Assad, said government troops had taken full control of Douma city, the last rebel stronghold in the region and the site of the alleged chemical weapons attack on Saturday (7/4/2018).
Assad said Western threats jeopardize international peace and security, and military action only contributes to “further instability” in the region.