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Profiles In Cowardice

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The United States Congress is currently abdicating one of its most solemn duties: declaring when America is at war, and with whom. This is nothing short of disgraceful, and every member of Congress who didn't actively push their leadership to hold a vote should be ashamed of themselves right now.

John Boehner Wants To Punt War Vote Until Next Year

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics

In theory, when the U.S. deploys forces in military conflicts abroad, Congress is expected to debate and subsequently vote on the matter. Not so with ...

Michael McAuliff

Obama's ISIS War Exceeds His Authority, Democratic Senator Argues

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama does not have the authority to wage a war against the Islamic State, senators argued Tuesday in a hearing about t...

GOP Rep Doesn't Want 'Another Half-Pregnant War'

The Huffington Post | Adriana Usero & Chris Gentilviso | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Less than a week after President Barack Obama revealed his strategy to defeat the Islamic State, one GOP congressman spoke out in defens...

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

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 09.16.2014 | 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?

Michael McAuliff

Bill Would Authorize War On ISIS, But End Endless War On Terror

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Even as it declares war on the so-called Islamic State, a bill proposed in Congress would also try to extricate the United States from t...

Zach Carter

Lobbyists For Syrian Rebels To Woo Congress For Funding In Closed-Door Meeting

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lobbyists for the Free Syrian Army will meet with members of Congress and staffers from both political parties in a closed-door meeting ...

Congress Beware: The 2001 AUMF Could Become Permanent

Shoon Murray | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Shoon Murray

Congress did not intend for the 2001 AUMF to be a decades-long, open-ended, handing over of war authority for use against any terrorist group a president may deem dangerous.

Friday Talking Points -- Slouching Off to War

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Congress needs to vote on this war. They need to vote not just on a budget item to move some money to some rebels, they need to vote on a clear Authorization for Use of Military Force resolution.

Michael McAuliff

Congress Likely To Duck War Powers Question Until After Elections

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Progressive Democrats Push For Vote To Authorize Force Against ISIS

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama maintains that he doesn't need congressional approval before engaging the nation's armed forces in Iraq. But prog...

Michael McAuliff

WATCH: John McCain Explained Last Year Why The 9/11 War Declaration Doesn't Apply Now

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Late last spring, in a remarkable hearing on the authority granted to the president after Sept. 11 to go after Al Qaeda and its backers,...

What the 'Do Nothing Congress' Is Doing on ISIL

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

It's one small piece of good news that some lawmakers, three Republicans and one Democrat, are trying to make sure that the people's representatives are expressing their Article I powers to the fullest extent possible.

Why Obama Should Ask Congress for an ISIS AUMF

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

If the Obama administration finds it necessary to expand U.S. military activity against the IS into Syria, President Obama will quickly face a wave of pressure on Capitol Hill on the need to submit a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force for congressional debate and approval.

Sunset an Authorization for the Use of Force in Iraq

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Whatever one thinks of the President's actions so far, it does not seem likely that there will be a majority in Congress in the near future to force the withdrawal of U.S. military forces. But there might well be a majority in the near future to insist that a military campaign that goes on for months needs explicit Congressional authorization.

Sam Levine

Congress Divided On Whether Obama Can Act Alone In Iraq

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Levine | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As American involvement in Iraq inches forward, some key members of Congress from both parties are deftly keeping their distance from th...

NYT: Everybody Who's Anybody Wants to Bomb Syria

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.26.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The majority of Democrats, Republicans and Independents in the country don't want the U.S. government to be running around the world, bombing other people's countries all the time, so the New York Times and its favored "critics" can go pound sand.

Michael McAuliff

House Rejects Bid To End The Endless War On Terror

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With U.S. forces leaving Afghanistan and gone from Iraq, Congress reaffirmed America's endless war Wednesday, with the House of Represen...

Michael McAuliff

Will Congress Act To End Endless War?

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Congress granted President George W. Bush authority to go to war against the perpetrators of 9/11 and their supporters shortly afte...

Pentagon Top Brass Should Explain How This War Will End

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

President Obama was right when he said "democracy demands" that all wars must end. Last month, he reaffirmed he wants to move America "off a permanent war footing" in his State of the Union address. Now is the time for senior Pentagon officials to explain the steps they'll take to get us there.

Clock Ticks On Authority For Guantanamo Detention

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — A persistent knock came from inside the heavy, locked cell door. A young U.S. Army guard strode over and lea...

With No Perfect Option on Syria, President Obama's Call for Congressional Action Is a Win-Win

Bradford Kane | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Bradford Kane

If Congress approves the proposal, then President Obama's ability to conduct effective military action will be strengthened. Even if Congress rejects the president's proposal, he still benefits.

Michael McAuliff

House Blocks Bid To Defund Endless War

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives blocked an attempt Wednesday to end funding under the 2001 law that granted the White House authority to fi...

Michael McAuliff

Bill Would Repeal Obama's Extraordinary War Powers

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The sweeping law that allows the president to wage an unlimited global war on terror would be repealed under a bill set to be offered th...

The Invisible War and Unlimited Power

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

On Memorial Day we honored those who died in war. We carry forth that honor by being honorable ourselves and by helping create and sustain a military culture as an honorable place to serve, a place where people honor each other's personhood and body.