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August 23, 2014

Obama Seeking Overly Broad Mandate on Syria

President Obama’s proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) in Syria is “very broad,” according to Jack Goldsmith, and “would include authorization for ground troops.”

“As the history of the 9/11 AUMF shows, and as prior AUMFs show (think about the Gulf of Tonkin), a President will interpret an AUMF for all it is worth, and then some.  The proposed Syrian AUMF is worth a lot, for it would (in sum) permit the President to use military force against any target anywhere in the world (including Iran or Lebanon) as long as the President, in his discretion, determines that the the target has a connection to WMD in the Syrian civil war.”

Politico reports that Senate Democrats are drafting new language “to narrow the scope for any U.S. military mission in Syria.”

  • Lorehead

    Yes, that language is much too broad. I wonder if he wants the House to say no and get him off the hook.

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