At the Munich Security Conference on Feb.
John B. Bellinger III is a partner in the international and national security law practices at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP in Washington, DC. He is also Adjunct Senior Fellow in International and National Security Law at the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as The Legal Adviser for the Department of State from 2005–2009, as Senior Associate Counsel to the President and Legal Adviser to the National Security Council at the White House from 2001–2005, and as Counsel for National Security Matters in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice from 1997–2001.
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50 former national security officials argued in August 2016 Donald Trump “would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being."
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When the United States uses military force, especially under controversial circumstances, it should explain the legal basis for its actions.