Former Advisor to US Senate James Jatras says the United States normally begins wars in August when the Congress is in recess in order to avoid congressional approval.
œCongress will not act on it. Keep in mind Congress is not in session right now. These things tend to happen in August when the Congress is not in session,” Jatras told Press TV on Tuesday when asked about Washington™s possible military intervention in Syria.
œIn previous military actions, sometimes the president says I would like a congressional authorization. For example, George W. Bush got a congressional authorization for the Iraq invasion and in the case of Kosovo for example Clinton, the Congress voted down his authorization and they did it anyway,” he added.
œIn this case, Obama is not even going to ask Congress for an authorization. He will simply œconsult” with congressional leaders and then do it whatever he wants,” Jatras explained.
Congress is on summer recess until September 9. According to the War Powers Resolution, US presidents should seek congressional approval in order to deploy soldiers.
In theory, a president must obtain an authorization if introducing troops into œhostilities” or œsituations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances” to keep the operation going beyond 60 days.
In practice, however, all presidents have deemed this unconstitutional and regularly neglected to ask for such permission, instead simply notifying Congress.
œDomestically he can get away with it. Legally unfortunately from a constitutional point of view the presidency has completely usurped the Congress as a war-making authority and the president will do what he wants legally and get away with it,” Jatras said.