American journalists of an Anglophilic bent often complain that debates in Britain's House of Commons put those in the
Perhaps the most dramatic moment came when Jack Straw, the former Labor Party foreign secretary, acknowledged that
How did the debate in Congress on military action in Syria compare to the one in the Commons? We can’t say -- because there hasn’t been a debate in Congress. The House and
Well, yes, but the Constitution entrusts Congress with the decision to declare war. Despite calls from 116 members of the House for a vote in Congress on an attack, it looks as if congressional leaders will be content with being “consulted” by the administration. (Thursday night, party leaders and committee chairs will be briefed by Secretary of State
A debate on Syria in Congress might or might not be as memorable as the one in Paliament, but it's worth having.
[Update, 4:02 p.m., August 29: A sharply divided British Parliament on Thursday rejected the immediate use of force as a response to suspected chemical attacks in Syria.]
This post originally misstated the first name of Labor Party leader Ed Miliband.