Biggest Stories of 2013: Congress Actually Thinks for Itself on Syria

Throughout New Year’s Eve, we’ll be going through the 10 biggest political stories of 2013 as selected by United Liberty’s contributors. Don’t forget to chime in on the biggest stories of the year on our Facebook page.

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A strange thing happened on the way to war with Syria: Dems on the Hill began to admit that they would only support a strike on Syria out of loyalty to Obama; and then they began to balk even at that. In short, Congress pushed back against the Executive Office in a manner not seen in the last 5 years. And it was a welcome sight.

Back in March of this year, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad was rumored to have used chemical weapons against his own people and, as United Liberty’s Jeff Scott wrote at the time, it came at a time when there had already been a “bipartisan drumbeat from the usual suspects like Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Carl Levin, plus the ‘humanitarian’ left like the Washington Post’s editorial page eager to get the United States involved in the civil war currently going on in Syria.”

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