political institution, Congress, whose approval rating hovers between 10 and 15 percent.
But many have questioned the legality of conducting military strikes without the authorization of Congress, which is now in its summer recess.
International politicians, such as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, have warned that if the US goes ahead with airstrikes, it would be in gross violation of international law.
Amid the Obama administration’s plan to release socalled evidence of Syria’s use of chemical weapons, which may happen as early as Thursday, many are reminded of the now-familiar scene back in 2003 when then-US Secretary of State Colin Powell made his case — using false intelligence — at the United Nations that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.
Hans Blix, then chief UN arms inspector for Iraq, told the media on Monday that the current situation echoes the situation with Iraq during George W. Bush’s presidency. Contact the writer at firstname.lastname@example.org