Former Defense Secretaries Robert Gates and Leon Panetta disagreed this week on whether President Obama should launch a military strike against Syria. The ex-Pentagon chiefs agreed, however, that the president does not need authorization from Congress to take that action — despite the fact that the U.S. Constitution delegates to Congress the power to declare war.
The U.S. Department of Defense has put forward a proposal for arming "moderate" rebel forces fighting the Assad regime in Syria.
Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) notes that "stealth socialism" is on the rise in America, and he welcomes it.
On Tuesday the U.S. government's secret surveillance court declassified and released a decision defending the practice of the National Security Agency in collecting billions of phone call records every day.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has renewed his call for authorization of military action against Iran.
Many of the foreign policy hawks in and around Washington appear to be lamenting the fact that the diplomatic breakthrough in the crisis over Syria's chemical weapons has at least postponed the Obama administration's planned military attack
"It's all about the children" was apparently the theme of Obama's Tuesday speech, which lacked the drama it would have had before the diplomatic move of Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad to forestall aggression.
Republicans in both the House and Senate appear ready to cave to Obama's demands for authorization to use military force against Syria, despite Obama saying he doesn't need permission from Congress.
Fast-track (aka Trade Promotion Authority — TPA) is a direct attack on our constitutional checks and balances and has been key to approval of all our free trade agreements.