Is President Obama Launching an Illegal War?
The Constitutionality of Obama's Fight Against ISIS in Syria
As America’s intervention against ISIS in Iraq and Syria intensifies, its present course lacks popular support or constitutional legitimacy.Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic
November 2, 2015
Without congressional permission, public debate, or any attempt to rally the American public’s support, President Obama has ordered U.S. ground troops to a war zone, his most flagrantly unconstitutional war-making since he unlawfully helped to overthrow Muammar al-Qaddafi. “The United States is set to deploy troops on the ground in Syria for the first time to advise and assist rebel forces combating ISIS,” CNN reports. “The deployment of U.S. Special Operations forces is the most significant escalation of the American military campaign against ISIS to date.”
This should perturb even proponents of a U.S. war against ISIS.
As Obama put it prior to the 2008 election: “The president does not have the power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”