Did recognition of the Constitution actually come into play influencing Obama’s decision to go to Congress for approval to bomb Syria? This is a well-written piece I came across that gives a good explanation of what was/is involved. Go to the link to read the entire article.
Obama’s history-defying decision to seek Congressional approval on Syria
Jack Goldsmith, a Harvard law professor who served as a Bush administration lawyer during the run-up to the 2003 Iraq war, wrote in the legal blog Lawfare, “The planned use of military force in Syria is a constitutional stretch that will push presidential war unilateralism beyond where it has gone before.” And liberal constitutional scholar Garrett Epps, writing for the Atlantic , concluded, “It’s pretty clear that an American attack would violate the Constitution.”
Virtually no one in politics, the press or the academic community expected Obama to go to Congress for approval…
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