Professor Jacobson argues that Congress should authorize the use of force in Syria.

California State University – Fullerton student Keith Fierro makes a strong case for action, as well:

There are two groups of comparable stupidity that stick out among those who oppose US military action in Syria. The first is conservative know-nothings who seem to be imitating liberal opposition to the Iraq War in the latter years of Bush’s presidency. The reason: Bush was a Republican. The second consists of libertarian coneheads who wouldn’t think about disregarding Syria’s sovereign right to gas children.

….For years, the anti-war right has crowed about how the only instances deserving of government interference are those where other people are harmed. We now know that was posturing to hide the fact that they’re just giant pussies.And then there are the respectable arguments, however unconvincing:

We can’t get involved in another Middle East war. Ok, but let’s not confuse terminology. We won’t be putting boots on the ground and storming Aleppo. A strike targeted directly at Assad or a bombing of chemical weapons stockpile is hardly Iraq or Afghanistan.

We need more evidence before acting. We’ve already waited too long. With the State Department, the UK, and the Arab League conclusively blaming Assad for the attack, and Israel and France noting the existence of his stockpiles, if you aren’t convinced, you never will be.

We’d be arming terrorists. It’s a grand myth that the choices in this war are either the Syrian government or the Al-Qaeda-backed Al Nusra. The Free Syrian Army is among the moderate rebels we should be arming and training. Yes, they both oppose the Syrian government, but, then again, so do I. Who wants to make the case that the rebel forces are actually writers from this blog? Saudi Arabia has had great success in the south with their trained rebels, combating Al Qaeda in and around Damascus. Imagine what they could do if they weren’t being gassed.

To make the case for intervention stronger, our national security interests are clear. We want to stop chemical weapons from being used, or falling into the hands of terrorists who could use them against us — think the 1995 Tokyo subway sarin attack on a much larger scale. We want to oust the regime that is endangering Israel and Jordan, which offers Israel a quiet border and is in danger of falling into instability. And we want to sever the puppet strings that Iran and Hezbollah have in Syria.