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Questions from the Congressional Progressive Caucus for the White House on Syria.
Questions from the Congressional Progressive Caucus for the White House on Syria.

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03/21/2014

 
CONGRESSIONAL
PROGRESSIVECAUCUS
September
6,
2013
President
Barack
Obama
The
White
House
1600
PennsylvaniaAve.Washington,D.C.
20500Dear
Mr.
President-
Thank
you
for
making
Chief
of
Staff,Denis
Mcflonough
available
tospeak
with
the
Congressional
Progressive
Caucus
aboutSyria.
Members
of
the
Caucus
haveseveral
follow
upquestionstheywere
not
ableto
ask
onthe
calls.The
answers
will
weigh
on
Members
as
they
cast
their
vote.
Please
provide
a
response
byCOB
Wednesday,September
11,
2013,
so
that
Members
have
sufficient
time
to
give
your
answersthe
considerationthey
deserve.
For
questions
oradditional
information
please
contact
Brad
Bauman
at
202-225-2435or
Brad.flauman@mail.house.gov.
Sincerely,
Keith
Ellison
Co-chair
Congressional
Progressive
Caucus
Co-chair
CongressionalProgressive
Caucus
Enclosure
 
U.S.
Security
Interests,Evidence
andthe
United
Nations
1.
What
is
the
threat
toUS
national
security
fitm
Assad
usingchemical
weapons
inSyria?
2.
What
is
thethreat
to
US
national
security
if
theUS
does
not
use
forcein
Syria?
3.
What
is
biggestpossibledownside
if
the
US
DOES
NOT
attack?
4.
If
theUS
does
not
attack,
how
willit
affectour
credibility
and
what
impact
will
thathaveonUS
national
security?
5.
What
concerns
do
you
have
for
Israel
if
the
US
does
not
attack?
6.
What
concerns
do
you
have
for
Israel
if
theUS
does
attack?
7.
Would
the
administration
support
an
option
allowinglimited
military
action
that
wouldonly
be
authorized
once
certainpferequisiteshave
been
met?
8.
What
is
the
role
of
the
Security
Council
inauthorizing
use
of
force?
9.
What
othercountries
havemade
a
commitment
to
join
in
the
attack
bylaunching
missiles
ordropping
bombs?
What,exactly,
haveFrance
and
Turkey
and
Kuwait
andthe
UAE
promised
todo,
if
anything?
10.
The
UnitedNations
Charter
forbidsunilateral
military
action
by
any
nation
againstanother.DoestheU.S.proposedattack
violate
the
U.N.
Charter?
11.
There
are189
signers
of
the
Chemical
Weapons
Convention.
How
many
of
themhave
pledged
to
participate
in
a
military
intervention
in
Syria?
12.
If
we
do
notattack
Syria,
will
any
othernation?
13.
What
new
approaches
is
the
Administration
taking
towards
Russia,
Iran,China
and
otherkey
actors
to
advance
a
political
solution
or
in
the
case
of
Russia,
in
particular,
ensure
that
their
military
support
for
the
Syrianregime
is
reduced
or
ended,
especially
in
light
of
Assad’s
use
of
chemical
weaponsagainst
his
own
people?
14.
Why
is
NATOunwilling
to
participate
in
this
attack?
Why
is
the
Arab
League
unwilling
to
participate
inthis
attack?
15.
What
the
Administration
claims
Assad
has
done
is
a
punishableoffenseunder
international
law,
and
could
be
prosecuted.
Has
the
Administration
takenany
action
within
the
International
Criminal
Court,or
any
otherinternational
body,
to
bring
Bashar
al-Assad
to
justicefor
war
crimes
and
crimesagainst
humanity?
 
16.
Dowe
possess
any
information
aboutthe
chemical
weapons
attackthat
the
British
government
did
not
have
in
its
possession
at
the
time
of
Parliament’s
decision
to
not
engage
militarily
in
Syria?
17.
What
isthestatus
of
the
United
Nationschemical
weapons
inspectors
report
onSyria?
18.
Can
we
wait
for
the
final
report
of
the
UN
inspectorsbefore
voting
on
military
involvement
in
Syria?
19.
Has
the
White
House
issued
a
rationale
for
not
waiting
until
the
United
Nationsinspectors
issue
theirfinal
report,
as
Russian
officials
have
reportedly
stated
that
they
might
support
a
UN
resolution
afterits
issuance?20.
The
Assad
regime
has
denied
ordering
the
chemical
weaponsattack,
and
Russia
is
backing
the
regime
in
that
claim.
In
light
of
that,
will
you
declassify
theevidencethattheAssad
regime
ordered
the
attack,
in
order
to
prove
the
Administration
right
and
theAssad
regime
and
Russia
wrong?
21.
There
has
been
a
report
in
the
mediathat
the
Administration
has
mischaracterized
post-
attackSyrian
military
communications,
and
that
these
communicationsactually
expressed
surprise
abouttheattack.
This
is
a
seriouscharge.
Can
you
release
the
original
transcripts
so
that
the
American
people
can
make
their
ownjudgment?
22.
Iran’s
President,
Hasan
Rouhani,
has
condemned
the
use
of
chemical
weapons
in
Syria.
Haveyou
asked
Iran
to
cut
off
military
aid
to
Syria
if
Syria
does
not
comply?
23.
Would
the
White
House
support
an
AUMF
resolution
that
complies
with
all
sections
of
the
War
Powers
Act?
DoesthePresident
support
the
War
Powers
Act?
24.
How
can
the
Convention
on
ChemicalWeapons
be
enforced
against
Syria
when
Syria
has
notsigned
it?
Are
there
other
treaties
and
conventionsthat
can
now
be
enforced
againstthe
United
States,
even
if
the
United
Stateshas
not
signedthem?
25.
To
date,
the
Administration
has
claimedthat
the
Syriangovernment
has
violated
“international
norms,”
not
“international
laws.”
Is
the
Administrationin
factcontending
thatthe
Syriangovernment
has
violatedinternational
laws?
If
so,
which
ones,and
how?
What
is
the
enforcementmechanism
outlined
in
such
laws?
26.
The
statement
fromUNDiplomat
Carla
Del
Ponte
that
there
is
strong,concrete
suspicionsbutnot
yet
incontrovertible
proof
that
rebels
seeking
to
oust
Syrian
PresidentBashar
al-Assad
hadused
nerve
agents.
Has
she
beencontacted
regarding
herconcrete
information?
27.
What
is
our
assessment
of
specific
allegations
from
rebels
(who
aren’t
fond
of
Assad)thattherebels
used
chemical
weapons
providedby
PrinceBandar

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