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Judge Napolitano: US Has No Legal Ground to Attack Syria

By Bill Hoffmann   |   Thursday, 05 Sep 2013 05:28 PM

Top legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano says the United States has no legal grounds to attack Syria because it poses no national security threat.

"We are not threatened by Syria, they are not an imminent national security threat to us, they have not been invaded to the point where we want to protect them," Napolitano told former Congressman Allen West, guest host of "The Steve Malzberg Show," on Newsmax TV.

"So from the get go, entering Syria with military force is a violation of international law. Does that bother this president? Probably not. Does it bother most presidents? Probably not."

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Napolitano, a former New Jersey Superior Court Judge and now a political and judicial analyst for Fox News, said he believes the Senate will pass "some form of a resolution" but the House will defeat it.

"What will the president do? Will he go into Syria anyway? He has the legal authority to do it, but it would be a political disaster for him. Sixty-three percent of the American public say no," he said.

Napolitano said the United States must stop envisioning solving all of the problems around the world.

"When do we stop becoming the world's policemen? Are we going to invade North Korea because the dictator has starved to death thousands of people simply by denying them food?" he said.

"Where will this and when will this and how will this stop?"

Not with Syria, he believes.

"The House of Representatives will defeat this resolution and the president will be persuaded by [Secretary of State] John Kerry and some of the blood-thirsty people around him to invade Syria," he said.

"It will materially and substantially destabilize the region and will bring him and us headaches, the likes of which we will have great difficulty tolerating. I fear for our future."

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