Crist Praises US Airstrike on Syrian Air Base

GORDON: The stated USA policy is along the lines of what I just said to deter any use of chemical weapons, to degrade their ability to do so, but more importantly to say that there's going to be cost. The date was December 8, 1941, and I was ten-years-old.

DIONNE: Oh, I think it's a big deal. That was Rep. Jeannette Rankin of Montana.

'Donald Trump is honestly quite the frightful human being.

More than six years since the conflict in Syria began, almost a half million people are dead, 6.3 million are displaced inside the country, and 4.8 million refugees have sought safety in neighboring countries. But the Founders would have none of that.

"In 2001, after 9/11, certainly, it was broadened", Hostin said of the War Powers Act. Congress also received the crucial power of the purse to continue or discontinue war after it starts. But invoking the Obama administration's wrongful precedent - which we and many others criticized as illegal at the time - does not justify still more lawlessness.

The Trump administration's strikes also contravene the U.N. Charter, which is a binding treaty obligation for the United States, and helps preserve worldwide peace and security.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is calling on Congress to immediately return to debate whether to authorize President Donald Trump to take military action against Syria. Well, there's the rub: it can be fairly argued that a limited airstrike does not a war make.

Make no mistake: the Constitution gives Congress, not the president, the power to initiate full-scale warfare. That's rich, since President Obama never did have a strategy on Syria or the defeat of the Islamic State. He is the co-author of Iraq's Armed Forces: An Analytical History.

"The American people are owed a comprehensive strategy with clear objectives to keep our courageous men and women in uniform safe and avoid collateral damage to innocent civilians in Syria", Pelosi wrote.

And does this mean we're now open to Syrian refugees from the horror that is suddenly our top foreign-policy priority?

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Still, 16 of the past 17 have been gone to players in the top 30, and eight of the past 10 have been won by players in the top 12. Instead, Sarazen ripped it with a four-wood on his second shot to achieve a double eagle/albatross to tie Wood on one stroke.

Another Republican, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, told the AP authorization from Congress should be sought before increasing the use of military force in Syria. There were other moments of sanity when constitutional restraint peeked through. Does our secretary of state have a plan he can reveal? The term runs like a greased pig through political discourse these days.

And yet, the US did not mount a military response.

If Congress withholds that authorization and the president defiantly engages in a protracted war anyway, Congress should flex its fiscal muscles and cut off funding. The key word there is after.

Yet there is arguably a difference between individual acts of war and a full-fledged war.

Shortly after the U.S.attack, Obama's National Security Council spokesman, Tommy Vietor, reissued Trump's 2013 tweet demanding Obama get congressional approval.

This is known in the literature as "the policing paradigm".

"Charging into another endless war is not the answer".

A president can become the despotic shepherd only when the people become his sheep.

A falafel shop owner in northern Syria has reportedly named his restaurant after Mr Trump, and an opposition activist has said they want to name their first son after him, reported Yahoo News.


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