The War Ending And Nobel Peace Prize Winning President Essay

1298 Words Oct 22nd, 2014 6 Pages
Derek Coleman
Professor Hutchings & Professor Lupia
POLSCI 111-002
22 October 2014 “I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL (sic.) in Syria as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven,” President Obama sternly warned in his nationally televised address on September 10. It was a difficult speech for the war-ending and Nobel Peace Prize-winning president to make. Obama threatened to take military action, committing troops and military resources, after previously rejecting advice from some of his top advisers, to fund and arm Syrian rebel groups fighting against ISIS. There is much confusion surrounding the President’s ability to carry out military actions without the consent of Congress, coming from both sides of the aisle, with claims of Obama’s actions being unconstitutional or illegal. However, Obama’s exercise of military actions, as well as Congress’s allowance of his exercise, strongly follows the tradition of foreign policy in the United States, as well as the constitutional framers’ ideals. The framers of the constitution created a division of powers between three main branches of the federal government, leaving each branch with exclusive powers and a number of powers that influence the other two branches, checks and balances (Lowi et al., 54). In relation to the military, the framers granted Congress the power to declare war and appropriate funding for the war, and the President was…

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