US begins war in Congress' recess

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.

Å“Congress 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 Washingtonâ„¢s possible military intervention in Syria.

Å“In 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.

Å“In this case, Obama is not even going to ask Congress for an authorization. He will simply Å“consult” 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 Å“hostilities” or Å“situations 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.

Å“Domestically 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.


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Republished from: Press TV