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War Powers Resolution

Iraq War III: Ask Congress First

Joel Richard Paul | Posted 06.24.2014 | 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?

The President Has No Mandate to Bomb Iraq or Syria

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Regardless of whether we can agree that President Obama does not have the authority to bomb Iraq or Syria in a legal sense, as a political matter he should come to Congress for authorization anyway.

You Can Beat City Hall: How We Stopped the U.S. Bombing of Syria

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Robert Naiman

What should you do if you're the first person on the scene in an emergency? Try to stabilize the situation and call for help. Try to keep everyone alive until help arrives. The War Powers Resolution helps us keep everyone alive until help arrives.

Rebalancing War Powers: President Obama's Momentous Decision

Peter M. Shane | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

President Obama's pursuit of congressional authority for a Syrian strike operation is, to date, his single most important decision in reshaping the post-9/11 presidency.

Responsibility for War A La Carte

David Schoenbrod | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
David Schoenbrod

In his address to the nation on Tuesday night, President Barack Obama offered a plan to deal with the immediate issue of Syria, but no plan to resolve the long term issue of who has the power to commit the nation to war.

With War Off the Table, It's Time for Syria Ceasefire, Negotiations, and Talking to Iran

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.11.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

Congress and the American people did something unprecedented in our time: they stopped a war before it started by creating a near-certainty of Congressional rejection.

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.

Nick Wing

Here's Why The Obama Administration's Vow Against 'War' In Syria Means Nothing

HuffingtonPost.com | Nick Wing | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics

Secretary of State John Kerry made the case to Congress this week for military intervention in Syria, following a devastating chemical weapons attack ...

Words Matter: The Dueling Syrian War Powers Resolutions

Alan B. Morrison | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Alan B. Morrison

There was a serious problem with the draft Resolution that the President sent to Congress: it was a virtual blank check that he should have known Congress would never approve.

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.

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.

President Obama: Don't Strike Syria Without Congressional Approval

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.27.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

If President Obama can get us into war in Syria without prior Congressional approval, it will set a terrible precedent: A future president could get us more easily into war in Iran without prior Congressional approval.

If They Can Lie About NSA/Snowden, They Can Lie About Syria and Iran

Robert Naiman | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Robert Naiman

If government officials can lie to Congress without consequence, we're in big trouble in terms of democracy and the rule of law, especially as these apply to the reform of U.S. foreign policy.

Senator Rand Paul Calls the Question on War with Iran

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.28.2012 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Before we have a war with Iran, shouldn't the Senate and the House have at least one debate and vote on it? Isn't that what the Constitution demands?

The GOP and Presidential Power

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 03.04.2012 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

As we begin the countdown to the November elections, let's appreciate how much American governance has become a debate over presidential power -- from health care, to the economy, to foreign policy.

Ruinous Victories

Bruce Fein | Posted 12.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Politicians are chronically myopic and generally ill-educated. Whenever they claim victory abroad, skepticism is justified. The latest case of Libya is no different.

Libya and Iraq: A Stop and Think Moment

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 12.24.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

The full effects of regime changes in Libya and Iraq won't be clear for years. If new dictators emerge, or terrorism gets a boost, today's victories may seem ephemeral, if not illusory, in the light of history.

House Rejects Effort To Prohibit Funds For U.S. Involvement In Libya

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The House voted Thursday to bar military aid to Libyan rebels battling Moammar Gadhafi but stopped short of prohibiting funds for U...

President Obama's Political Sepulcher

Bruce Fein | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

President Barack Obama's political sepulcher will be war. His extinguishment as a political comet could have been avoided if he had respected the exclusive constitutional responsibility of Congress to commence war.

Senate Takes Up Libya Resolution

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Senate Democratic leaders abandoned plans for a test vote Tuesday on authorizing the U.S. military operation against Libya as Repub...

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 acc...

Tea Party Splits On Contentious Issues

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The House's tea party caucus split on a major foreign policy vote Friday – whether to cut off money for air attacks in Libya ...

House Rejects Bill To Cut Off Funds For Libya Operation

Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics

The House voted Friday to reject a bill which would have cut off funds for U.S. military attacks in Libya. The bill would have barred funds for Lib...

House Rejects Bill Authorizing Libya Mission, Resolution To Cut Off Funding

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Challenging presidential power, a defiant U.S. House voted overwhelmingly Friday to deny President Barack Obama the authority to wa...

House Set To Rebuke Obama's Libya Policy, Move To Cut Off Funding

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Challenging presidential power, a defiant U.S. House voted overwhelmingly Friday to deny President Barack Obama the authority to wa...