So nice - in one sense* - to be talking about whether Congress should authorize the use of force and to think the outcome actually might matter. But now that Congress is in the driver's seat, I encourage you to participate in the democratic process by contacting your representative and letting him/her know your opinion on … Continue reading Congress and Syria
In many ways, Presidents Obama's speech reflects well on him and his administration. Indeed, I think it was among his best since it wasn't just about relatively meaningless sentiment but a nice mix of political thought and policy detail. Plus it is the right thing to do regardless of how we feel about the particular case at hand. … Continue reading Thoughts on President Obama’s Speech on Syria
No, this isn't about Jason's righteous holy war against feral cats, here and here.* But kittens do enter into the best paragraph I've read today. The context for it is the New York City mayoral race. Apparently the NYC subway was recently shut down for 90 minutes to protect two little kittens that were on the tracks. The … Continue reading We Interrupt Our Syria Coverage to Again Talk Kitties
The Washington Post Editorial Board has offered some stern advice to President Obama. They note that even if the president could get away with unilateral action, “the Constitution grants Congress the exclusive right to declare war.” While the President may claim authority to act, “the legal authorities his administration has informally cited are slender indeed … Continue reading Even the MSM?
As reported in the Weekly Standard, Nadler announced this today: The Constitution requires that, barring an attack on the United States or an imminent threat to the U.S., any decision to use military force can only be made by Congress -- not by the President. The decision to go to war -- and we should be clear, … Continue reading Democrat Congressman Jerrold Nadler Nails It!
Great piece by John Fund today highlighting a lot of themes we've discussed here in relation to the war in Libya and the potential for war in Syria. This section and the point by Marsh just left me stunned: Oh my, how liberals have learned to love the imperial presidency they used to so scorn when … Continue reading John Fund on Obama, Congress, and War
This piece from the Economist discusses subjects dear to my heart - the importance of geography and how different cartographic projections can distort our understanding of the world. And here is a cool map that shows how big Africa really is: