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The Potential Relevance of OLC’s Kosovo-War Powers Resolution Opinion to the Syria Debate

As Congress moves to debate authorization for the use of force in Syria, and especially since there is some question about whether DOD has adequate funding for a strike in Syria, Congress may want to ponder the votes it took in the not-unrelated context of Kosovo fourteen years ago.  (The original purposes of the Kosovo strikes were similar to the ones stated for Syria: “to demonstrate the seriousness of NATO


Congratulations President Obama

I have been hard on the President – on this blog last week, and today in the NYT – for what just about everyone (except Philip Bobbitt) thought was going to be his strike in Syria without congressional authorization.  I was thus surprised, but very happily surprised, when the President announced this afternoon that he would seek congressional authorization f


Restoring the Smeared Red Line

President Obama has just declared his decision to launch military strikes against Syria, after seeking approval for Congress, in order to hold the Syrian government accountable for its recent chemical weapon atrocities.  The Obama administration and many advocates of military strikes against Syria – including some members of Congress, many security experts, the French President – have stated that the long-term object of this policy is to deter future use of chemical weapons generally, not just by the Syr

International Law

Philip Bobbitt on Syria

Philip Bobbitt has an interesting piece from yesterday that compares the different British and American outlooks on confrontation with Syria, and recommends a course of action in Washington.  He notes that the Brits conceptualized Syria primarily in humanitarian intervention terms, while the Americans are more focused on credibility and red lines, and he sketches the implications of these different outlooks.  Bobbitt discusses the importan

Executive Power

Two Thoughts On Syria, Kosovo and Presidential Power

Jack's and Ashley’s analyses have covered the waterfront, so far as concerns the Kosovo precedent’s meaning (legal, moral and so forth) for a possible Syria intervention.  Their remarks raised in my mind two further thoughts about the President’s ability to intervene in Syria without prior congressional approval.

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