The Administration Must Explain Its Use-of-Force Theories. Today.

By Rita Siemion

Too many questions remain unanswered about the Trump Administration’s view of its authority to use military force, thanks to — among other things — last April’s missile strikes on a Syrian airfield, October’s operation in Niger that led to the deaths of four U.S. servicemembers, the recent talk of a “bloody-nose” strike against North Korea, the continued military detention of a U.S. citizen in Iraq, the prospect of a long-term U.S. military presence in Syria, and the reported loosening of the rules for targeting suspected terrorists.

This week, the administration has an important opportunity to answer these questions. And by doing so, it would both demonstrate its commitment to transparency and strengthen U.S. national security.

Read the full post on Defense One.


Published on March 19, 2018


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