Saturday, September 7, 2013

Breaking bad: Why a U.S. strike would be illegal | The Japan Times

Barack Obama wants to fire cruise missiles at Syria. As president of the nation whose military possesses the most lethal firepower of any society in history, he obviously has the ability to start this war — his sixth major front, after Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Pakistan — if he wants to. But does he have the legal right?

The answer is no. Not if the basic architecture of the U.S. Constitution, the separation of powers, remains in force. Not if the Founding Fathers’ originalist intent, and their understanding of English at the time, means anything. Not if America’s treaty obligations, which after ratification carry the full force of U.S. law, are more than pieces of paper.

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Comment: Constitution, he's the Obama-Nation of Desolation as spoken of by the profit Daniel, he don't need no stinking constitution! If we go to war here, it's the end of the U.S. as founded. So the the one who makes desolate can now claim that he kept at least one of his campaign promises (hint, closing GITMO wasn't it) and all the Obama voters got what they asked for, the fundamental transformation of America as we know it, only not for the better as he promised!

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