Negotiations must succeed
Your Sept. 11 editorial which concluded that “Leahy, Sanders and Welch need to stand with Obama” raises the question of where Obama stands. If he attacks Syria without the approval of Congress, he will be violating the spirit, if not the letter, of the Constitution, and no one should stand with him. If he attacks with congressional approval but without U.N. approval, or at least substantial international support, he will not be acting as policeman of the world but will be taking the law into his own hands as vigilante of the world — or specifically of the non-nuclear world, because he would surely not be so rash as to attack a nuclear-armed nation. But what greater incentive could he give Iran and other nations to amass nuclear arsenals? Which is all the more reason for the present U.S.- Russian - Syrian negotiations to succeed.