President Obama gave a speech Thursday night purporting to justify today’s US military strikes in Iraq. Unfortunately, the President’s speech failed to clearly answer key questions related to the issue of Congressional war powers under the US Constitution and the War Powers Resolution; that is, he failed to clearly explain why his decision to order airstrikes in Iraq without Congressional authorization is Constitutional and legal.

These questions are crucial because regardless of what you think right now of the President’s current military action – and the situation is still unfolding, and it is not at all clear right now what the limits, if any, of the President’s action will be – Americans who want the US to be using military force less frequently are engaged in a “long game” against the Presidency – not just this President, any President – about the Constitutional, legal, and political scope of the President for unilateral decisions on the use of force in the absence of an attack or imminent threat of attack on the US. [Read more]

http://wp.me/p4sUqu-sa – Michael’s Blog

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