I'm with Pres O on limited Syria strikes. I'll talk about why on @cnn at 7:30 this morning. I'm on with Gov. Dean, who I suspect is against.
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) September 2, 2013
Ari Fleischer, who was press secretary for President George W. Bush, is setting partisanship aside and supporting what he calls “limited strikes” on Syria.
Some believe that President Obama’s proposed Authorization to Use Military Force in Syria authorizes much more than limited military strikes. Here’s an analysis from Harvard Law School prof Jack Goldsmith:
Does the proposed AUMF authorize the President to use force against Iran or Hezbollah, in Iran or Lebanon? Again, yes, as long as the President determines that Iran or Hezbollah has a (mere) a connection to the use of WMD in the Syrian civil war, and the use of force against Iran or Hezbollah would prevent or deter the use or proliferation of WMD within, or to and from, Syria, or protect the U.S. or its allies (e.g. Israel) against the (mere) threat posed by those weapons. Again, very easy to imagine.
Some Twitter users agree with Goldsmith’s assessment:
Obama proposal to Congress on Syria is very dangerous. It is over-broad and will be used to open another war front. http://t.co/cvmlN8XPpG
— Jeffrey D. Sachs (@JeffDSachs) September 2, 2013