Follow this conversation when NPR host Steve Inskeep pressed U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power after she was asked “Would an American strike be legal?” in Syria. She replied it would be a “legitimate, necessary and proportionate response” by the “international community.” The NPR host replied, "So let me make sure that I'm clear on this: You're saying that something needs to be done, and it is time to go outside the legal system, outside the legal framework. You believe it is right to do something that is just simply not legal."
Power once famously proposed that we, the United States, invade and occupy Israel although it might offend a certain “domestic constituency.” (Wink, nudge. She means Jews.) It was considered a joke to Israelis for years because no one expected she would be, as her interviewer suggested, in the position to advise the president and determine the focus of America’s might. No legal basis. Just the “international norm” of global anti-Semitism, a virus today of contemporary global pop culture.
“Barack Obama has threatened gratuitous, unilateral, offensive military action against Syria, which would compound the already grisly Syrian war casualties. His juvenile justification is national prestige,” former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Fein wrote in The Huffington Post last week.
Indeed, if it is not legal action, it is a war crime.