Brad Sherman
Congress should give Obama the legal OK to fight Islamic State

To the editor: I agree with my colleague Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) that Congress should pass legislation authorizing operations against Islamic State. We should repeal and replace the authorization Congress passed shortly after 9/11 and redefine presidential authority to conduct military operations against Islamic State and Al Qaeda. Such authorization should be clearly limited in scope and duration. ("Congress must exercise its war powers," Op-Ed, Nov. 17) However, I do not believe that the president's current actions constitute a clear violation of law. In 2001, Congress adopted an authorization to wage war against Al Qaeda that was unlimited in scope or duration. The...