declaration of war

War Powers and the Constitution in Our Body Politic

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

As a practical matter, the Constitution may not be able to prevent an overly adventurous president from enmeshing us in conflicts against our interests. But congressional war powers can still have much to say about the legitimacy of the use of force, and therefore about its extent and duration. Moreover, where the use of force is clearly in America’s vital interests, congressional war powers — used to issue a powerful endorsement of a clear, necessary mission — can help us achieve something that has eluded us since 1945: victory.

Trump may ask Congress to formally declare war to fight terror

Nolan D. McCaskill, Politico

The real estate mogul said fighting terrorism isn’t the same as traditional war, noting that terrorists don’t wear uniforms and battling extremists isn’t the same as going against a country like Germany or Japan.

George Washington vs. Barack Obama

Unless Speaker Boehner calls the House back into session to prevent President Obama from usurping Congress’s constitutional authority to authorize – or not authorize – the use of military force in Syria, Speaker Boehner may go down in history as the Speaker who stood by and did nothing while an understanding of the Constitution that has stood since George Washington was President was vaporized by the cruise missiles Barack Obama is preparing to rain down on Syria.

Mr. Speaker, Get Behind SOMETHING

In Speaker Boehner's hands rests the decision on whether Congress will come back into session and remain a coequal branch of government by maintaining its power to authorize—or not authorize—the use of military force in Syria. If he fails to act, Congress will be relegated to the status of a mere appendage of the Executive, used only to levy taxes and rubber stamp the decisions of an imperial president.

Daniel Pipes: The Real Dangers of “Limited Strikes” Against Syria

Daniel Pipes is exactly right on this.“Warfare is a very serious business whose first imperative is to deploy force to win – rather than to punish, make a statement, establish a symbolic point, or preen about one's morality.”

Ted Cruz: No U.S. Interest in Syria

Greg Richter, Newsmax

The Texas Senator stated that there’s nothing to be gained for the U.S. by striking Syria.

Congress Should Veto Obama’s War

Pat Buchanan, WND

Congress may not be able to stop Obamacare, but it can tell Obama to stay out of Syria’s civil war.