While Americans are calling Putin a dictator for his actions on Saturday, many of the same Americans are unaware that they live in a nation where wars are often dictated by their President.
As recently as 2011, President Obama committed troops to Libya without Congressional approval. At the time, Libya was not attacking or threatening the United States. Obama made the decision to send troops to Libya due to the pressure put on him from NATO and others.
Starting in July of last year, the war drums were beating on America mainstream media channels and even libertarian Glenn Beck was calling for a war in Syria. Ben Swann didn’t waste any time after the Season 1 Truth In Media project was funded to create a video titled, “What The Media Isn’t Telling You About Syria.” The video went viral and had over 500,000 views. It was about a month later Glenn Beck made the decision to not support a war in Syria.
For the first time since World War II, an American President actually felt forced to ask for Congressional approval for war due to the overwhelming lack of support from Americans for a war with Syria. Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA) even started a petition that was signed by lawmakers that demanded the President get Congressional approval before going to war with Syria.
As reported by Time, even Obama’s aides believed that he may still attack Syria if approval was not given by Congress:
“To make matters more complicated, Obama’s aides made clear that the President’s search for affirmation from Congress would not be binding. He might still attack Syria even if Congress issues a rejection.”
I’m sure I’m not alone in saying this but thank goodness we did not go to war with Syria. But what is next? With President Obama warning Russia to not proceed any further and Senator McCain calling on Obama to rally international allies to possibly use military force against Russia, there is no doubt that we are entering a time when Americans are once again going to have to put pressure on lawmakers to obey the U.S. Constitution.
So who will prevail? As Ron Paul put it, an “idea whose time has come can not be stopped by any army or any government.” What does this mean to us when it comes to foreign policy? It means that a new era of ideas has emerged in America where American’s prefer a non-interventionist foreign policy. As reported in December of 2013 by the the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity:
This year the highest percentage of Americans ever — 53 percent — agree with the statement that “the US should mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along the best they can on their own.” (See illustration below)
So what does Season 2 of Ben Swann’s Truth In Media Project mean to America? It means more videos that we can use to educate ourselves and others during a time when the mainstream media rarely reports the truth. In 2013 and 2014, the videos that the project created were often the videos that we sent to our lawmakers and posted on social media websites. Did we make an impact in helping to stop a war with Syria? Absolutely!