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Obama administration sources: President has no constitutional authority to unilaterally attack another country

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By Doug Powers  •  August 27, 2013 01:42 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

There’s obviously a lot of discussion this week in regards to whether the administration led by a recent Nobel Peace Prize winner has constitutional authority to attack Syria without congressional approval. Some say an attack could be launched today or within days.

Certain administration sources say the president can’t legally attack another country without congressional approval unless an attack on the U.S. is imminent — and those administration sources are none other than President Obama and VP Joe Biden.

In 2007, Barack Obama made it clear that a president must have congressional approval to attack another country:

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According to Joe Biden, also in 2007, not only is a U.S. president constitutionally forbidden from attacking another country that doesn’t present an imminent threat to America, but he said it is an impeachable offense:

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That said, expect a good portion of the mainstream press to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to kick-save any charges of hypocrisy if President Obama unilaterally attacks Syria without congressional approval — and over WMDs no less.

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

**Written by Doug Powers

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