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    President is subject to the law, a ruling with which Woodward was intimately connected, has been to argue that when the President is engaged in managing a war, that restriction is inoperative. That's why, although it is not quite the same thing as a declaration of war, the AUMF has not been repealed.
    President Obama refusing to act unilaterally as Woodward suggests he should is a negative in two respects. On the one hand, he's not upholding the Neocon rationale or justification for the chief executive acting as a dictator/decider, and on the other he's not endorsing the reason why Congress prefers to have a dictator/decider -- i.e. to get themselves off the hook. By proposing the proposition that the President is in charge and then surreptitiously withholding funds, the Congress has been having it both ways -- exercising power while pretending not to have any.

    Barack Obama is not letting them get away with it. Why not? Because it is a charade that does no-one any good.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 08:13:54 AM PST

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