Syria vote: A referendum on presidential power

  • Article by: George Will , Washington Post
  • Updated: September 9, 2013 - 8:25 PM

The outcome may mean less than an actual referendum on presidential power.

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basia2186Sep. 9, 13 7:15 PM

If we actually had a president that was a leader this discussion would not be taking place. We have an empty suit that cannot speak coherently without a teleprompter. Obama is not presidential material. A bunch of progressive clueless sheep elected him. Read people. Have more than one source of information. The president we currently have is the WORST EVER!

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tupelohoneySep. 10, 13 7:05 AM

Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and George Soros control the president. He has never had any power. He is a community organizer with no business experience, leadership skills and very little political experience. He was elected to be their puppet on a string.

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cstoney48Sep. 10, 13 7:42 AM

basia2186 said: "The president we currently have is the WORST EVER!" In the finest tradition of the Reactionary Right, another ideological declaration. The problem isn't Obama or even Bush for that matter--it is the American compulsion since World War II that transcends both parties and asserts that the United States must intervene and police the world. Remember Vietnam, Nicaragua. Panama, Somalia, Libya, Lebanon, Iran, Cuba, Iraq, Afghanistan, West Africa... the list goes on and on. Time to repair America and let the world tend to itself.

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pumiceSep. 10, 13 8:02 AM

Re: "Time to repair America and let the world tend to itself." Or, from a global perspective, time to show the developing world know that America's exceptional political and economic systems are a better and less costly path to peace and prosperity than perpetual war-making.

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pumiceSep. 10, 13 8:26 AM

From the article: "Obama’s Syrian choice comes after multiple executive excesses that have provoked Congress to react against its marginalization, a product of its supine passivity regarding Obama’s unilateral lawmaking." That statement should be the example sentence for the definition of "revisionism," Mr. Will. For decades--from the so-called "Imperial Presidency" of Richard Nixon and perhaps from FDR's creation in 1939 of the Executive Office of the President--Congress has been complicit in its own marginalization.

The Founders authorized Congress to declare war. Congress has abrogated its war powers to the President via broad Authorization(s) for Use of Military Force. Moreover, since 2001 Congress has abrogated its power of the purse as well--military intervention in Afghanistan and Iraq (and Libya) has been put on the charge card. No tax was levied to pay for Afghanistan or Iraq. One percent of Americans have been asked to sacrifice during the Long War.

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