Biden Doesn’t Need to Restrain His War Powers

President Joe Biden delivers remarks to Department of Defense personnel, with Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, at the Pentagon, February 10, 2021. (Lisa Ferdinando/Department of Defense)
Presidents have broad latitude to undertake military engagements.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE P resident Biden’s airstrike against a pro-Iran militia base in Syria on February 26 may do little to change the balance of power in the Middle East. A few bombs, which allegedly killed or wounded one or two fighters, did little to deter Tehran’s low-intensity campaign against the U.S. military in Iraq. Nevertheless, the Biden administration hopes that its light tap on militant wrists that will restore the Iran nuclear deal and usher in a new understanding with the mullahs over the Middle East.

Biden’s strike reflects similar ambitions to reset the constitutional order at home. Like the strike’s strategic effects, however,

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