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Intervention in Syria requires congressional OK

By Thomas D. Farrell

POSTED: 01:48 a.m. HST, Aug 28, 2013

~~<p>I don't like John Boehner. It isn't personal, but I loathe the politics of the Speaker of the House. So it's killing me to say that his latest pronouncement is absolutely right: If President Barack Obama is planning a military intervention in the Syrian Civil War, he'd better consult Congress first. In fact, may I suggest more than mere consultation?</p>
<p>By any measure, Syria is a nation-state and the Assad regime, for better or worse, is its government. Under international law, nation-states may make war upon one another, but they should first declare it.</p>
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I don't like John Boehner. It isn't personal, but I loathe the politics of the Speaker of the House. So it's killing me to say that his latest pronouncement is absolutely right: If President Barack Obama is planning a military intervention in the Syrian Civil War, he'd better consult Congress first. In fact, may I suggest more than mere consultation?

By any measure, Syria is a nation-state and the Assad regime, for better or worse, is its government. Under international law, nation-states may make war upon one another, but they should first declare it. Login for more...



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