Though they don’t always act like it, Congress is a co-equal branch of government that holds tremendous power to check Trump’s recklessness. There are a number of concrete steps that Congress can and should pursue. Any single one of these actions is better than allowing Trump’s one-off missile strikes to continue:
Publicly voice support for the ongoing investigation by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons into the chemical weapons attack
Forcefully insist on its sole authority to authorize military force by demanding that Trump come to Congress before any further strikes in Syria
Vote NO on any authorization for further force in Syria, based on Trump’s demonstrated recklessness and lack of a full strategy
Publicly denounce Trump’s bigoted Muslim and refugee bans that are harming victims of violence in Syria and elsewhere, and call on the Administration to immediately resettle more Syrian refugees
Call on the Administration to lead not by military force, but by engaging international partners to seek a diplomatic and political solution to end Syria’s suffering
Hold hearings to assess the US government’s own global war operations and the resulting ramped-up civilian body count across the world
Call Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand and Rep. Faso, and tell them to do everything in their power to rein in Trump’s Syrian escalation.
Caller: Hello, my name is [name] and I am calling from [part of state] to express my dismay that Trump has again launched an unauthorized and strategy-free strike in Syria. Will [MoC] do everything in [his/her] power to rein in Trump’s escalation and urge the Administration to instead lead with diplomacy to help the people of Syria? Will [MoC] pledge to vote against any further force in Syria, and call on the Administration to seek a political solution?
Staffer: [MoC] is still evaluating the options, and I will relay your concerns to the boss.
Caller: Yes, please do. If we are concerned about the people of Syria, we should immediately resettle more refugees and give them a place to flee this violence. Can [MoC] at least call on the Administration to do that?
Staffer: I will share that with the boss.
Caller: Thank you, I will check back in soon to see what [MoC] is doing about this crisis.