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Attack Islamic State? Congress should decide
Attack Islamic State? Congress should decide

In announcing last week that he would seek to "degrade, and ultimately destroy" Islamic State, President Obama asserted that, while he welcomed congressional support, he already possessed the legal authority to use military force against the group in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere. That's a dangerous assertion of authority in which Congress must not acquiesce. No one can deny that the campaign against Islamic State, which already has involved airstrikes on the group's positions in Iraq, represents a new undertaking for the United States. Yet in offering legal justification for this escalation, the president's advisors are citing two congressional enactments more than...

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