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The Indefinite Article.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005


Mr. Sarbanes asked whether she thought President Bush should seek Congressional approval for expanding the war to Syria, she said she did not want to "circumscribe" his powers to use military action as commander in chief.

From the NYTimes

I wish the Constitution would circumscribe the President's powers to use military action as commander-in-chief.

But apparently, the War Powers Clause is not enough. It is frighening, and infuriating to think that the "war" could spread to Syria or Iran.

related This is a fascinating read


  • Conceptually, it is a pretty interesting thing--what's to a border? If the US shoots insurgents headed or already across the border to Syria, is it a problem? Is it a problem only if Syria complains? If congress authorized US involvement in the Iraq conflict, did it set specific national boundaries? If Iraqi military elements had moved into Syria or Iran during the invasion, would it be an issue for the US to pursue them? If congress authorizes specific geographic scope, does this mean that enemy vessels in international waters are safe?

    (Speaking of Arrgghh, Apple has totally infected my typing habits. I first typed iRaq because it begins in i.)

    By Blogger Adolph, at 2:37 PM  

  • That makes me think of these, which I saw plenty of in Los Angeles

    By Blogger pablo, at 4:06 PM  

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