[Excerpt] Last week, for the second time since becoming president, President Donald Trump ordered a military strike on Syria without seeking or obtaining authorization from Congress. Both strikes were responsive to chemical-weapons attacks that, American intelligence analysts say, the Syrian government launched against its own people.

Many believe that these forceful responses to horrific war crimes involving banned weapons were morally justified. But were they constitutional?

Publication Date

Spring 4-22-2018

Journal Title

Concord Monitor

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This article is part of the series Constitutional Connections by John M. Greabe and was originally published by the Concord Monitor.