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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Jack Goldsmith
Senators on Wednesday tried to write a tight resolution authorizing President Obama to strike Syria under very specific circumstances, but analysts and lawmakers said the language still has plenty of holes the White House could use to expand military action well beyond what Congress appears to intend.
But Jack Goldsmith, a law professor at Harvard University, said the way the resolution is written doesn't necessarily force Mr. Obama to live by the 90-day limit because once the time frame is up, he could still make the same case as in Libya that he wasn't engaged in hostilities.
"I have no idea if the Senate AUMF drafters intended this complexity. I doubt they did. But whatever they intend, and whoever is right between me and Peter, I urge the drafters to be clearer on this point if their aim is to affirmatively bar presidential military action in Syria," Mr. Goldsmith wrote on LawfareBlog.com.