I'm leaving the Syria war powers discussion to those around here who actually know something about the subject, but I had one glancingly-related thought. If you're trying to decide the legality of a resort to force in Syria, it might help to have permanent leadership at the State Department legal adviser's office. It might also help to have a Senate-confirmed general counsel at the Pentagon. Come to think of it, though less related to Syria, it would be a good idea to have permanent leadership at the Justice Department's National Security Division. Just sayin'.