The Civil War was initiated on an extra-constitutional basis. It was a moral initiative against slavery, and nothing in the Constitution allowed for the Northern invasion. This decision went to the spiritual core of our being. It was right and just. But what if today's euphemistic “international norms” are just outright bloody mayhem and political posturing and territoriality on a global scale? Who decides? Can we legislate against this posturing? Is it not illegal in America to propose illegal warfare beyond our borders? (May I propose a “supercommittee" of governors, as suggested by George Kennan, who also proposed an American council of elders to be an internal rather than an external watchdog on Washington and happened to advise us here in Vermont and New Hampshire at said beginning?)

Follow this conversation when NPR host Steve Inskeep pressed U.N. Ambassador Samantha PowerSamantha PowerSpineless Republicans on the Hill are weighing down the Trump administration The Hill's 12:30 Report The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE 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 ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaAll five living former presidents to attend hurricane relief concert Overnight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Interior moves to delay Obama’s methane leak rule MORE 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.