Poner un bozal a los perros de la guerra

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Cuando se encontraba en París como primer embajador de los Estados Unidos en Francia, Thomas Jefferson reflexionó sobre cómo podría el nuevo gobierno de los EE.UU. evitar los errores de los “déspotas” europeos, que mantenían a sus pueblos subyugados mediante la guerra y la deuda. En una carta a James Madison, observó que la Constitución de los EE.UU. había contenido al menos “el perro de la guerra”, al transferir “el poder de darle rienda suelta del Ejecutivo al Legislativo, de quienes han de gastar a quienes han de pagar”.

Sin embargo, la Constitución designa al mismo tiempo al Ejecutivo como “Comandante en Jefe”, poder que los presidentes americanos han invocado para utilizar la fuerza militar sin autorización del Congreso en más de 200 ocasiones. El Presidente Barack Obama contó con ese poder cuando dijo al Congreso y al pueblo americano que tenía la autoridad para ordenar ataques limitados contra Siria sin acudir al Congreso.

Al afirmar simultáneamente esa autoridad y también solicitar la autorización por el Congreso para utilizarla, Obama ingresa en una pequeña clase de dirigentes que procuran activamente limitar su propio poder. Se debe a que ve su legado histórico como el de un presidente que puso fin a guerras e hizo que resultara más difícil  iniciarlas y reinvertir, en cambio, los recursos de los Estados Unidos en su propio pueblo. En 2003 se opuso a la guerra del Iraq y en 2008 prometió que pondría fin a la “guerra del terror” ilimitada, que había llegado a ser un posible cheque en blanco para los presidentes de los EE.UU. a fin de utilizar la fuerza en cualquier parte del mundo.

To continue reading, please log in or enter your email address.

Registration is quick and easy and requires only your email address. If you already have an account with us, please log in. Or subscribe now for unlimited access.

required

Log in

http://prosyn.org/owYbnui/es;
  1. Patrick Kovarik/Getty Images

    The Summit of Climate Hopes

    Presidents, prime ministers, and policymakers gather in Paris today for the One Planet Summit. But with no senior US representative attending, is the 2015 Paris climate agreement still viable?

  2. Trump greets his supporters The Washington Post/Getty Images

    Populist Plutocracy and the Future of America

    • In the first year of his presidency, Donald Trump has consistently sold out the blue-collar, socially conservative whites who brought him to power, while pursuing policies to enrich his fellow plutocrats. 

    • Sooner or later, Trump's core supporters will wake up to this fact, so it is worth asking how far he might go to keep them on his side.
  3. Agents are bidding on at the auction of Leonardo da Vinci's 'Salvator Mundi' Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

    The Man Who Didn’t Save the World

    A Saudi prince has been revealed to be the buyer of Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi," for which he spent $450.3 million. Had he given the money to the poor, as the subject of the painting instructed another rich man, he could have restored eyesight to nine million people, or enabled 13 million families to grow 50% more food.

  4.  An inside view of the 'AknRobotics' Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

    Two Myths About Automation

    While many people believe that technological progress and job destruction are accelerating dramatically, there is no evidence of either trend. In reality, total factor productivity, the best summary measure of the pace of technical change, has been stagnating since 2005 in the US and across the advanced-country world.

  5. A student shows a combo pictures of three dictators, Austrian born Hitler, Castro and Stalin with Viktor Orban Attila Kisbenedek/Getty Images

    The Hungarian Government’s Failed Campaign of Lies

    The Hungarian government has released the results of its "national consultation" on what it calls the "Soros Plan" to flood the country with Muslim migrants and refugees. But no such plan exists, only a taxpayer-funded propaganda campaign to help a corrupt administration deflect attention from its failure to fulfill Hungarians’ aspirations.

  6. Project Syndicate

    DEBATE: Should the Eurozone Impose Fiscal Union?

    French President Emmanuel Macron wants European leaders to appoint a eurozone finance minister as a way to ensure the single currency's long-term viability. But would it work, and, more fundamentally, is it necessary?

  7. The Year Ahead 2018

    The world’s leading thinkers and policymakers examine what’s come apart in the past year, and anticipate what will define the year ahead.

    Order now