Yochi Dreazen at Foreign Policy on the administration's many leaks on Syria If President Obama has not yet publicly decided on a Syria strategy, then why have we heard so much about the outlines of an attack? That's because anonymous officials in the White House are leaking an enormous amount of information. (As one former military head tells Dreazen, "It's not leaking out; it's coming out through a hose.") The deluge of info is particularly strange considering the administration's hatred of leaks. "The administration's willingness to share details about sensitive military operations has prompted internal consternation in the past," Dreazen notes, and it's doubly important in Syria, where military action on the part of the U.S. has yet to occur. "Trying to imagine what would be purposeful reason for the WH to be leaking so much info about upcoming Syria attack," writes Michael Cohen, The Guardian columnist focusing on American politics. "And I'm sure the Obama administration will prosecute the people leaking our war plans to the fullest extent of the law..." Digg editorial director David Weiner sarcastically tweets.
Amy Davidson at The New Yorker promotes a Congressional discussion on Syria The War Powers Act declares that the President must gain Congressional approval shortly after launching a military attack, and Obama should do just that with Syria, Davidson argues. "Having people, representatives, raise their hands before you do something is not an empty ritual, even when they don’t vote the way you want them to," she writes. In the strikes on Libya in 2011, Obama avoided Congress and used executive powers to wage what he called "hostilities," but he should not follow that blueprint here. "[W]e need to rethink meaning of 'hostilities,'" writes Denver Post columnist Michael Littwin. "As usual, the great Amy Davidson of The New Yorker nails it," tweets The Nation writer Greg Mitchell.