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War Powers Resolution

$5 Billion for Iraq-Syria War? Three Reasons to Oppose

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The annual "base" budget of the Pentagon is half a trillion dollars. That's the money that the Pentagon gets if it fights no wars.

Rand Paul's Message on Foreign Policy

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 10.30.2014 | 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.

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.

Obama Declares Perpetual War

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Obama's war violates the UN Charter, a treaty the United States has ratified, making it part of U.S. law under the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Obama's war also violates the War Powers Resolution, which permits the president to introduce U.S. Armed Forces into hostilities or imminent hostilities only in three situations.

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?

Sunset an Authorization for the Use of Force in Iraq

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.23.2014 | 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.

Obama Informs Congress Of Authorization Of Targeted Strikes In Iraq

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics

On Sunday, President Barack Obama sent a letter to Congress notifying members of his authorization of targeted airstrikes in Iraq, saying the strikes ...

'Humanitarian Emergency' Does Not Suspend the Constitution on War Powers

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Every time the president -- this president or any president -- is allowed to "cut corners" on the Constitutional question of Congressional war powers, it sets a bad precedent for the future, eroding a key Constitutional, democratic speed bump against unnecessary wars of choice.

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?

The President Has No Mandate to Bomb Iraq or Syria

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.20.2014 | 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.