Saturday, July 16, 2016
An idiotic statement
Donald Trump said he would ask Congress for a declaration of war against global terrorism. You can only declare a state of war against a recognized state. If you declare war against ISIS, all you are doing is validating their claim to legitimacy. A criminal organization cannot formally surrender as can a state, thus putting an end to the conflict. If you put into the hands of a President the considerable powers of a declaration of war without any way of clearly ending that condition, then you are basically giving him dictatorial powers indefinitely - which probably is what Mr. Trump has in mind.