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  •  I'm not suggesting that (1+ / 0-)
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    a President should necessarily act on an assumption, and remember I wrote the Diary :) I think he should convene Congress.

    What I think is that if he believes the War Powers Act is sufficient, then so be it .... but if he believes that Congress would refuse authority, then he must not simply act on the War Powers.

    If that's not clearer, let me know.

    I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
    but I fear we will remain Democrats.

    Who is twigg?

    by twigg on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 10:30:48 PM PDT

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    •  The War Powers Act (2+ / 0-)
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      flitedocnm, twigg

      was created to deal with WWII conditions. Did you mean the War Powers Resolution?

      This is a situation in which chemicals have been used between opposing forces in a civil war, and there is even dispute as to who is responsible (reminds me of Iraq -- show me the evidence, and no, I don't trust the President any more than I trusted Bush). What is the justification for going around congress?

      This wasn't an attack on the United States, and thus there is no national emergency allowed by the War Powers Resolution to justify ignoring the requirement to get the approval of congress. And the Constitution limits the President to repelling attacks against the US, a criteria which the conflict hardly meets.

      That modern Presidents ignore the Constitution and tend to go to war with impunity demonstrates how much the Constitution has been eroded.

      "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

      by ZhenRen on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 11:40:12 PM PDT

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