House Speaker Paul Ryan says the president doesn't need a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) to take military action against Syria following last weekend's chemical attack on civilians in Douma, and says he doesn't want to tie the hands of the military leaders as they prepare options for the president.
This lesson allows students to explore the different sides of the debate over limitations of presidential war powers.
In response to the chemical weapons attacks in Syria, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, addressed the U.N. Security Council. She described the images of the victims and the effects of these chemical weapons. She condemned the attacks and urged Russia and Iran to stop supporting the Bashar al-Assad regime.