“The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation, – Barack Obama, 2008.
David Corn offers an Occam’s razor answer to why Obama chose to go to the Congress: Because he believed it’s the right constitutional thing to do. As it is. In all my criticism of the president in the last week, his decision to go to the Congress was a high-point. The truly high point for the Constitution, of course, will be if Congress turns him down.