When is a war not a war? U.S. fighter planes are attacking ISIS forces in Iraq and will soon do so in Syria, which meets the common-sense criteria for war. But the U.S. Constitution and the War Powers Resolution of 1973 both require specific congressional authorization for war, and President Obama isn’t asking Congress for permission. For legal authority, he’s citing Congress’s 2001 resolution authorizing President Bush to use military force against anyone who “planned, authorized, committed, or aided” the 9/11 attacks.
Pretending We’re Not at War
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