The current war on ISIS depends on a decade-old congressional authorization for attacks on al-Qaida in Iraq, yet al-Qaida and ISIS are enemies fighting against each other in Syria.
At the core of the White House’s argument is the War Powers Resolution of 1973.
In Washington, the House and Senate are in deliberation after the president’s request for authorization to use force against Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria. Beyond the obvious lurks another issue in contention: Congress’s sole authority to declare war.
Following Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of