Section 702: The Debate is Not Going Away

Late in 2017, Congress was trying to conclude a process that has, in recent years, become a fixture of national politics and a symbol of Washington gridlock: annual budget negotiations. More accurately, this process, which results in government funding for two-to-three-month increments, should be described as a dangerous brinkmanship which has the potential to seriously … Continue reading Section 702: The Debate is Not Going Away

Authorizing Military Force: The Mistakes of 2001 and Remedies for the Future

The date was September 14th, 2001. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) was delivering a one-and-a-half minute speech on the US House of Representatives floor in an attempt to persuade at least some of her colleagues to vote against authorizing the use of force in Afghanistan.  Quoting a member of the clergy to whom she had listened … Continue reading Authorizing Military Force: The Mistakes of 2001 and Remedies for the Future