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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
The NYT Supports Escalated War and Regime Change in Syria
by Stephen Lendman
Trump's Friday aggression was likely prelude to escalated war, a high-risk strategy. Confrontation with Russia could follow.
The Times tried justifying the unjustifiable, using weasel arguments, not explaining Security Council members alone may authorize an attack on one nation by another – only in self-defense, never preemptively for any reason.
Asking if Trump had legal authority to attack Syria, The Times said "(t)he answer is murky…(P)residents of both parties (waged war) without (congressional or Security Council) authorization," adding:
"(E)xecutive branch lawyers have argued that the president, as commander in chief, may use military force unilaterally if he decides a strike would be in the national interest."
In other words, according to The Times, might makes right! International and constitutional law don't matter.