George F. Will: Syria may be next example of president taking too much power


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  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    March 28, 2013 3:42 p.m.

    Republican Senator John McCain has been pushing the agenda that the President hasn't done enough in Syria. Now a Republican writer insists the President shouldn't do anything. That's why it is so difficult to take the Republican Party seriously anymore. They don't have a unifying voice.

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    March 28, 2013 2:49 p.m.

    Those with no authority and no responsibility seem to have the answers. Several years from now those commenters will be even smarter with the advantage of hindsight. Right now there is no clear and risk free path for the US in Syria. We failed and continue to fail in Egypt and Libya. Syria may complete the trifecta. May our president resist the advice, Don't just stand there, do the wrong thing.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    March 28, 2013 12:56 p.m.

    George again demonstrates his bow tie is too tight. Presidents have intervened militarily wherever they want since George Washington himself. Buchanan didn't get or need congressional approval to send the Army against Brigham Young. It was enough that his secy of war, Mr. Floyd, got a big kickback from the contractors. If Congress wants to act, all they have to do is close the purse. And Assad is NOT Obama.

  • Joan Watson TWIN FALLS, ID
    March 28, 2013 12:36 p.m.

    The point is - the government of the United States is slowly and silently changing from what it was inteded to be - balance of power delegated to each branch of government. In other words, a Republic government. If Congress gives up its designated responsible power and becomes obscurant in its duties are we blindly and willingly sinking into a Dictatorship?

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    March 28, 2013 5:28 a.m.

    Syria may be the next example of the CONGRESS failing to exercise its constitutional power over military adventurism. If the president has too much power, the blame lies with congress not the president. And, this president has been more conservative and effective in the limited use of military power than the previous one.

    This article is another overreaching example of the right wing trying to make Obama look like a bad actor. The remarkable thing is that they use Libyan intervention as a prime example. Considering the outcome and the limited loss of American lives, Libya seems to be an example of successful presidential military intervention quite unlike the costly in lives and treasure Iraq war. But, I agree congress needs to reassert itself in this area. Although the last time it did so, congress was ineffective in stopping a war of choice based upon highly questionable cherry picked intelligence.