THE SENATE DEBATES A CONDITIONAL
AUTHORIZATION FOR THE USE OF ARMED
FORCE IN SYRIA
|Nimitz Carrier Task Force, Official U.S. Navy Photo|
The HUFF POST reports that the U.S. Senate is debating an alternative use of force resolution that would authorize the President to use military force to eliminate Syria's chemical weapon capability, only if the Russian plan to institute international control over the Syrian chemical stock pile fails. The Huff Post condensed summary of the proposal is below with a hyperlink to the full story.
"The proposal would grant the AUMF [Authorization for Use of Military Force] only in the absence of certification by the President that a UN Security Council resolution had passed that includes specific conditions, and that those conditions were being met along a specified timeline. Basically, the AUMF would be conditional and triggered only if the Russian plan fails. There will be a specific deadline for the UN Security Council to pass a resolution and a separate deadline for inspectors to verify the Syrians have turned over their chemical weapons. If the President cannot certify that those conditions have been met within the specific timeline, then the AUMF goes into effect. The conditions will be something along the lines of passage of a UN Security Council resolution that puts into place an inspections process, unfettered access to every WMD site, guarantees for secure freedom of movement for all international inspectors, immediate steps by Assad to begin transferring WMD to international custody, and clear consequences and triggers for action if obligations are not met by a specific time."