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September 10, 2013 5:48 PM

A constitutional moment

In London exile in 1940, Charles de Gaulle decided "it was up to me to take responsibility for France" ("c'etait a moi d'assumer la France"). No U.S. president should assume he is, as de Gaulle almost mystically did, the nation, or is solely responsible for it. Remember this tonight when Barack Obama defends his choice to attack Syria.

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