I argue that the recent air strike was legal, but overall US military intervention in Syria still lacks required congressional authorization. Biden may be trying to change that; but history gives reason for skepticism.
This initiative might help restore congressional control over war authorization. But there is reason for skepticism that it will pan out.
The senator took a lot of heat five years ago for being anti-interventionist in Syria yet pro-war against ISIS.
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The mishandling of the Syrian withdrawal appears to have created less stability in Syria and considerably weakened Trump's ability to dictate foreign policy—a situation where actually bringing the troops home now seems even more farfetched.
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"As president I will end these regime change wars."
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Trust in the media is at historic lows.
If Trump wants credit for ending wars in the Middle East, he'll have to actually reduce the number of Americans deployed there.
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Reshuffling is not only a haphazard half-measure—it is no substitute for the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria.
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ISIS' terror should not be minimized, but Washington should refrain from inflating it to justify unnecessary military action.
Both the libertarian-leaning Republican and the democratic socialist want Trump to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.
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Trump is routinely accused, with good reason, of distorting the facts and failing to face reality. It's time for his critics to take a good long look in the mirror.
But Amash's reaction wasn't all positive.
The president's speech was a mixed bag on foreign policy.
Trump decided to pull U.S. troops out of Syria. But no one knows when or how it's happening and Congress is nowhere to be found.
It should lift the travel ban and bring them with it
National Security Adviser John Bolton says the U.S.'s withdrawal is conditioned on protection of the Kurds, total elimination of ISIS.
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The withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan reflect a welcome willingness to question endless military commitments.
While the Syria intervention lacked proper congressional authorization, constitutional considerations had nothing to do with Trump's withdrawal decision. Indeed, his administration has doubled down on Obama-era arguments asserting broad presidential authority to initiate military interventions.
Such fear is a sign of an exhausted establishment that can't justify decades of expensive failure.
We will make it through the weekend, folks, but our problems will outlast the current president, alas.
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"Does the USA want to be the Policeman of the Middle East?" the president asks-and gets a resounding yes from Republicans and Democrats.
Donald Trump explains his decision to withdraw from Syria directly to the American people.
If You Support Democracy and the Rule of Law, You Should Applaud Trump Getting the Hell Out of Syria
Rep. Justin Amash: "U.S. forces should not be engaged in Syria...without legitimate military justification AND proper congressional authorization."
We shouldn't have been there (or Iraq) in the first place.
Technically he's been yelling it at all of us for years now.
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Bilal Abdul Kareem has been nearly droned in Syria five times already. A federal judge agrees his lawsuit over the matter can proceed.
The cautious prudence the U.S. desperately needed after a decade and a half of shoot-from-the-hip interventionism has been relegated to a talking point.
The U.S. Military Says It Killed About 500 Civilians Last Year. Outside Groups Put the Count Far Higher.
A lot of people are dying in unauthorized wars.