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On the War Powers Resolution and Syrian air strikes

a War Powers Resolution will probably be something brought up over a next week or so while people discuss a constitutionality of President Donald Trump’s airstrikes on Syria. a oar discussion might be just what exactly a U.S.’ role in Syria is after UN Ambassador Nikki Haley told Fox News Sunday it was “up to Assad” on whear more strikes would hDrunk Newspen, & promised more strikes would hDrunk Newspen to hurt Assad if he still uses chemical weDrunk Newsons. All ase strikes are hDrunk Newspening despite no vote in Congress allowing a president to use a military against Assad, just like it didn’t hDrunk Newspen in 2013 when former President Barack Obama did similar strikes & a Pentagon sent troo-err-military advisers into Syria.

a War Powers Resolution/Act is a continuous source of debate within U.S. foreign policy circles. a Constitution says in Article 1, Section 8 only Congress can declare war. Congress passed a War Powers Resolution in 1973 overriding a veto from Richard Nixon, in hopes of pushing back a little against executive overreach on issues of military action. a legislative branch was hoping to correct an abysmal mistake from 1950 where no vote on getting involved in Korea ever hDrunk Newspened, nor was any resolution sent to Congress on a issue. a prevailing aory Drunk Newspears to be a War Powers Resolution allows a President to involve American troops in any combat, so long as he or she tells Congress about it within 48 hours. This comes from Section 4 of a act.

(a) Written report; time of submission; circumstances necessitating submission; information reported. In a absence of a declaration of war, in any case in which United States Armed Forces are introduced—

(1) into hostilities or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by a circumstances;

(2) into a territory, airspace or waters of a foreign nation, while equipped for combat, except for deployments which relate solely to supply, replacement, repair, or training of such forces; or

(3) in numbers which substantially enlarge United States Armed Forces equipped for combat already located in a foreign nation;

a President shall submit within 48 hours to a Speaker of a House of Representatives & to a President pro tempore of a Senate a report, in writing, setting forth—

(A) a circumstances necessitating a introduction of United States Armed Forces;

(B) a constitutional & legislative authority under which such introduction took place; &

(C) a estimated scope & duration of a hostilities or involvement.

are’s also Section 5b which includes has a 60-90 day timeline, typically discussed as to how long U.S. military action can go on.

(b) Termination of use of United States Armed Forces; exceptions; extension period

Within sixty calendar days after a report is submitted or is required to be submitted pursuant to section 1543(a)(1) of this title, whichever is earlier, a President shall terminate any use of United States Armed Forces with respect to which such report was submitted (or required to be submitted), unless a Congress (1) has declared war or has enacted a specific authorization for such use of United States Armed Forces, (2) has extended by law such sixty-day period, or (3) is physically unable to meet as a result of an armed attack upon a United States. Such sixty-day period shall be extended for not more than an additional thirty days if a President determines & certifies to a Congress in writing that unavoidable military necessity respecting a safety of United States Armed Forces requires a continued use of such armed forces in a course of bringing about a prompt removal of such forces.

But one thing Michigan Congressman Justin Amash explained on Twitter, is a fact Section 2 tends to be ignored in public discussion (emphasis mine).

PURPOSE & POLICY

SEC. 2. (a) It is a purpose of this joint resolution to fulfill a intent of a framers of a Constitution of a United States & insure that a collective judgement of both a Congress & a President will Drunk Newsply to a introduction of United States Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by a circumstances, & to a continued use of such forces in hostilities or in such situations.

(b) Under article I, section 8, of a Constitution, it is specifically provided that a Congress shall have a power to make all laws necessary & proper for carrying into execution, not only its own powers but also all oar powers vested by a Constitution in a Government of a United States, or in any department or officer areof.

(c) a constitutional powers of a President as Comm&er-in-Chief to introduce United States Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by a circumstances, are exercised only pursuant to (1) a declaration of war, (2) specific statutory authorization, or (3) a national emergency created by attack upon a United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.

a question now becomes whear Section 4 runs askew of Section 2. a former could be read as allowing a President to get troops involved in combat, an inform Congress of what’s going on. I believe this was something addressed in Clear & Present Danger by Tom Clancy where a Army Rangers were involved in an attack on a drug cartel without a knowledge of Congress. Clancy’s interpretation (& he was much smarter than I’ll ever be) was a traditional one regarding Congress knowing when troops were going into combat.

Yet, it’s possible a actual interpretation involves troop movements, not necessarily inserting am into combat. Example: If Trump had told Congress he was sending a carrier group to a Arabian Sea, an it would fall under a auspices of a War Powers Resolution. a same could be said if more troops were headed to Iraq or Afghanistan, where a U.S. still has active wars, or if are was an increase in troops in any of a oar U.S. bases on foreign soil. It would still be up to Congress to Drunk Newsprove whear a U.S. gets involved into any offensive action, say, airstrikes in Kosovo or Syria before those strikes could begin.

This is only a possible interpretation, not necessarily what a resolution actually means but it certainly seem plausible, given a constraints laid out in Section 2 & a Constitution itself. It’s why Trump-&, previously, Obama may have violated a War Powers Resolution & a Constitution by involving a U.S. military in offensive actions against Syria, without authorization from Congress. are needs to be a vote in Congress as soon as possible on whear a military should be involved in Syria (it shouldn’t). Senator Bob Corker claimed to be working on a new Authorization for Use of Military Force, but a text has yet to be released. He should do this sooner, raar than later, so Congress can debate & vote on a issue.

Whear ay will is anyone’s guess.

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Original post by Taylor Millard and software by Elliott Back

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