The Fait Accompli War

  • Donna G. Starr-Deelen


Starr-Deelen explores the last two years of the Obama administration and its use of force in counterterrorism, beginning with a discussion of the war paradigm versus the law enforcement approach to international terrorism. The chapter examines the “fait accompli” war that George W. Bush bequeathed to Barack Obama and how Obama attempted to forge a third way, or hybrid approach to combating terrorism. Michael Glennon’s theory of a “double government” and Harold Koh’s pattern of executive initiative, congressional acquiescence, and judicial tolerance are introduced as a lens to view the Trump administration and its national security policies.


War on terror National security Trump Obama Use of force Executive initiative Congressional acquiescence Judicial tolerance Trumanite network Security directorate 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donna G. Starr-Deelen
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  1. 1.Independent ConsultantKensingtonUSA

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