In an outrage and scandal-driven news cycle, it’s easy to lose sight of the truly significant stories. Let’s talk memos, for example. The past five days have been dominated by discussion of two memoranda — one Republican and one Democratic — that deal directly with claims that at least part of the Department of Justice investigation of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia was tainted by political bias. This is an important issue, no doubt, but did you know there exists another memo — one of perhaps world-historical importance — that the American people need to see?
Before I describe the memo, let’s take a short detour into constitutional and military history. As most civically literate Americans know, the Constitution bifurcated the nation’s war-making powers. The president is the commander in chief of the armed forces, and as commander he enjoys a certain degree of inherent authority to order immediately necessary military strikes to defend the nation and its allies. At the same time, Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the Constitution grants Congress the power to “declare war.”
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