Obama's Imperial About-Face on War

By Michael Cohen, Boston Globe - September 27, 2014

There is perhaps no issue where the gap between the rhetoric of candidate Obama and his actions as president have been so vast. Since becoming president, Obama has not actively sought nor received new congressional authorization for employing America’s military around the world — and in the current fight with the Islamic State, he’s breaking new and dangerous ground in expanding the president’s power to wage war. To be sure, this is a disputed legal question — where you sit (on Capitol Hill or at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.) largely determines how you answer it. That has been more true since the passage of the War Powers Act in 1973, which Congress enacted to place greater constraints on the executive branch — and which every president since has rejected.

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