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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.