How Obama should declare war on Islamic State
The U.S. president doesn't need Congress' approval to declare war on the Islamic militants – but it would give him a stronger hand, not only in respect of the enemy, but also at home.
The big question right now is whether U.S. President Barack Obama ought to go to Congress to ask for a declaration of war. That would be a declaration against the Islamic State (formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). One might think that this is a moot question; it was only a year and a half ago that the New York Times ran its editorial calling for Congress to step in and repeal the authorization to
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