SO here we are again. Instead of going to Congress to get a resolution or a declaration of war on ISIS, President Obama is trying to weasel out of it by asserting that the Congressional resolution from the Bush era is all he needs.
What on earth does the president think he is doing? The point of going to Congress is not about some weaselly legal point. It is that when the president goes to war he needs to establish some kind of consensus from the rest of the ruling class and from the American people that he needs to go to war.
The legal beagle stuff is beside the point. The point is that when the leader of a nation takes it to war he needs the nation to be united, more or less, behind him. He needs to persuade the nation that war is necessary. He needs to get the opposition on board; he needs to establish a bipartisan consensus.
This is not rocket science. This is common sense.
But the Obama administration has seemed to do everything under a blanket, or with cunning sleights of hand. This may seem awfully clever to the lawyers working out the legal ploys, but it misses the point.
Christopher Chantrill is a writer and conservative, and author of Road to the Middle Class. He runs usgovernmentspending.com, the go-to resource for government finance data, is a frequent contributor to the American Thinker, and blogs regularly at Rare.us. He lives in Seattle, Washington ...
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