War Powerless

Politics and policy.
Feb. 20 1999 3:30 AM

War Powerless

The president shouldn't send troops to Kosovo. But Congress should.

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You can see why the administration wouldn't listen. A congressional debate and vote on whether we should intervene in Kosovo could be a fiasco. The intervention could be stopped by a block of isolationist senators and House members. Our failure to intervene might well cause the war to escalate and spread. But the absence of such a debate and vote may be worse. The Constitution is most necessary when it is most inconvenient.