Obama Should Call Congress Into Session Over Syria
Posted at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 28
Jack Goldsmith argues that President Obama is wrong not to seek congressional authorization for what appears to be the impending use of force in Syria.
“Why is he instead rushing to use force in a way that will set a novel constitutional precedent for presidential unilateralism that will far outlive his presidency?… Why exacerbate the growing perception – justified or not – of a presidency indifferent to legal constraints?”
“And the White House is mistaken to think that informal briefings to congressional leaders are a substitute, even a near-substitute, for formal public congressional debate and authorization. Such secret ex ante deliberations lack constitutional significance, and they won’t help one bit politically once things go contrary to plan, as they always do.”