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5 Myths About The Constitution's War Powers Propagated By The 'New York Times' And The 'Washington Post'

Bruce Fein | Posted 08.08.2016 | Politics
Bruce Fein

In serving as megaphones for an extra-constitutional American Empire and multi-trillion dollar permanent global presidential wars, the New York Times and the Washington Post propagate myths about the war powers worth more than two carrier battle groups to the Pentagon.

My Brother's Challenge to the Undeclared War Against ISIS

Erin Smith McAdams | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics
Erin Smith McAdams

The President's order to fight an unauthorized war requires conscientious military members to violate their oath to "support and uphold the Constitution," which by extension requires them to disobey orders that are unconstitutional. Herein lies the crux of my brother Nathan's case.

Obama's Escalation in Syria

Stephen Zunes | Posted 11.12.2016 | Home
Stephen Zunes

President Obama's announcement that he would send up to 50 U.S. Special Forces to "train, advise and assist" armed militia fighting forces of the so-called "Islamic State" in Syria marks an escalation in U.S. military involvement in that country.

Rand Paul's Message on Foreign Policy

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Whether you love him or hate him, Rand Paul is succeeding in doing something that other Republican candidates have not done in a very long time: broaden the foreign policy debate within the Republican Party in order to encompass a growing libertarian streak among younger Americans.

Obama Should Send John Boehner a "Thank You" Card

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

In making his off-the-cuff statement to the Times on Thursday morning, Speaker Boehner has given the administration several more months before making that decision.

My 3 Favorite Republican Senators

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The pack is out of session for the next seven weeks campaigning for another term. So perhaps this is a good time to get a little reflective and sentimental before campaign season really heats up in October.

A New AUMF: What Is the Obama Administration Afraid of?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Either the president needs some new faces in the Office of Legal Counsel, or his team needs to do what many of his allies on Capitol Hill are calling for: Ask Congress to grant new statutory authority for the military campaign against ISIL in both Iraq and Syria. What is the administration afraid of?

Congressional Authorization

Jonathan Richards | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Richards


Michael McAuliff

Congress Likely To Duck War Powers Question Until After Elections | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress was torn Thursday over whether President Barack Obama actually has the authority to broaden a war against the so-called Islamic...

Iraq War III: Ask Congress First

Joel Richard Paul | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Joel Richard Paul

Even if the advisers do not accompany Iraqi forces into the field, their mere presence in Iraq in U.S. uniforms under the present situation makes them targets for attack. Why else are they arriving armed and ready to defend themselves?

Syria's Second 'Red Line': 30 Years of Red Lines

Connor Ryan | Posted 11.10.2013 | Home
Connor Ryan

The president and the West argue that the Assad regime has crossed a 'Red Line' concerning the use of chemical weapons in warfare. This is not Syria's first 'Red Line.' Further, what is a 'Red Line'?

Time to Consider a War Surtax

Martin Long | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Martin Long

With a few days left before Congress considers President Obama's request to authorize a "limited and narrow" response against the Syrian regime, it's an appropriate time to reflect upon the factors involved in choosing to deploy military forces.

Beyond Left and Right on Syria

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee just voted to approve a resolution to attack Syria on a vote of 10-7. But the breakdown of the voting reveals that this was in no way a party-line vote.

Red Lines & Deadlines: Syria (Seriously)

Rick Horowitz | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Sorting through the options. (Hint: There aren't any good ones.)...

War Powers and the Use of Force in Syria

D. Robert Worley | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

If President Obama follows the practice of post-WWII presidents, he may use military force without consultation or authorization from Congress.

While Cameron Defers to Parliament, Obama Locks Into Warfare State of Mind

Norman Solomon | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The British Parliament's rejection of an attack on Syria is a direct contrast -- and implicit challenge -- to the political war system of the United States. Now all eyes turn to Congress, where the bar has suddenly been raised.

Michael McAuliff

Boston, Syria, Congo Part Of 'Disturbing' Claim About War Authority | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The war authorization that Congress passed after 9/11 will be needed for at least 10 to 20 more years, and can be used to put the United...

Why We've Learned Nothing From Watergate

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 08.20.2012 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

The country needs and wants strong presidents, but the Constitution and law exist to limit abuse of power -- a standard that must continue to apply to our chief executives.

The Export of Weapons: Past, Present and Future

Renee Parsons | Posted 07.24.2012 | Home
Renee Parsons

As our current leaders, implacable and disconnected, continue on the path of militarism and war, they fail to recognize that peace is not simply a fervent ideal; it is the only path to survival.

A Proposal: War Powers Act Should be Amended to Cover Drones, Libya-Style Wars

Tom Hayden | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Tom Hayden

Congress should update and amend the existing War Powers Act (WPA), passed in 1973 over Richard Nixon's veto, to cover future American military operations relying on drones instead of ground forces.

What Happened to the War Powers Act?

Renee Parsons | Posted 03.31.2012 | Politics
Renee Parsons

Confirmation Sunday evening that US armed forces are engaged militarily without prior congressional approval requires some Member of Congress, any Member of Congress, to demand an immediate full-scale congressional inquiry.

Jennifer Bendery

Corker: White House's 'Cute Arguments' No Excuse For Bypassing Congress | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a resolution backing President Barack Obama on Libya, despite Re...

Top Obama Lawyer Defends Legality Of Libya Operation

Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The State Department's top lawyer on Tuesday defended the legality of the U.S. military involvement in Libya as some lawmakers accuse ...

Bachmann Divorces the Constitution

Bruce Fein | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Congresswoman Bachmann's ill-informed divorce from the Constitution disqualifies her as a presidential candidate. Nothing is as dangerous as constitutional ignorance in action.

Both Sides Now: Economy vs. Obama? GOP Goldwaterized? Afghan Porridge Right?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 06.26.2011 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2010-06-28-bothsides_pull.jpgHilary Rosen and Kellyanne Conway disagree about how heavy the economic albatross will be politically and whether the GOP fringe will taint its nominee. Did President 'Aiken' just declare victory and come home?