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Response to L. Coyote (Original post)

Sat Apr 8, 2017, 12:02 PM

20. one key objection

(4) it is in the core national security interest of the United States to use such military force;

This is a stretch of the meaning of national security. President Obama and Trump both are arguing that there's some future threat which precipitates military action now, but under the War Powers Act, there must be an immediate threat which renders military action unavoidable.

Pres. Obama used the same weak justification of some future threat for his Libya strikes.

The 'national security' hook used by Obama hasn't been challenged in any substantive way by Congress. He backed away from unilateral action, but I think codifying the notion that a Syria strike is in the 'national interest' is a slippery slope to an even more unaccountable and autocratic use of our military forces than what's allowed now.

Rep. Pelosi gave her approval to Trump's airstrike, but insisted he must come to Congress for any future airstrikes against the Syrian regime. That's consistent with how presidents have been using their powers to commit forces under the WPA in instances where there might be controversy in Congress - striking out initially, then pulling back short of seeking an authorization. "One and done" is what they call it.

The weak 'national interest' provision in his resolution (and in Trump's justification) regarding Syria and the argument behind it is an unnecessary power grab by the Executive and should be rejected by Congress.

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