Intelligence Squared U.S.: Has the President Exceeded His Authority By Waging War Without Congress?

(Rochester, N.Y.) – The President has launched a sustained, long-term military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). But did he have constitutional power to do so? The Constitution carefully divides the war powers of the United States between Congress and the President. Article II provides that "The President shall be Commander in Chief." But Article I provides that "The Congress shall have Power...To Declare War." In this case, Congress has not declared war; the President order the attacks unilaterally. Did he exceed his authority and violate the Constitution? Intelligence Squared U.S. debates this topic in Has the President Exceeded His Authority By Waging War Without Congress? airing Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. on AM 1370

For the motion: Gene Healy, VP, Cato Institute & Author, False Idol, and Deborah Pearlstein, Asst. Prof., Cardozo Law & Fmr. Dir., Law & Security Program, Human Rights First. Against the motion: Philip Bobbitt, Professor, Columbia Law School & Lecturer, Univ. of Texas at Austin, and Jake Sullivan, Lecturer, Yale Law School & Fmr. Dir. of Policy Planning, U.S. State Dept.

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