by Greg Krehbiel on 10 April 2017
The more I think about it, the less I like it.
There is one good thing to be said about it, which is that it shows resolve. Obama had a reputation — at home and abroad — of not liking the military and being too tentative. It projected weakness.
Trump is definitely not projecting weakness.
Still, I return to my most basic political principle, which is that I don’t trust people with power. Consequently, I don’t like this idea that the president can unilaterally toss bombs around the world.
There are other questions to be asked about the whole thing, but for me it comes down to that. The president has to go to Congress before using the military unless there’s a clear and present danger to the country. Assad doing a small chemical weapons attack in Syria is hardly that.
2017-04-10 » Greg Krehbiel