Shorter Verbatim John Yoo and John Bolton: “Constitutional principles seem to be mere inconveniences to Mr. Obama, however.”
They, however, have a very principled argument. Admittedly, in this case Obama is doing something plainly within the power of the executive branch — directing military and intelligence agencies how to act in ways that contravene no act of Congress — while Yoo and Bolton believed that the president could actually ignore legislation passed by Congress. However, Obama is doing this to advance policy goals that John Yoo and John Bolton don’t support. See the crucial difference?
I conclude with an obligatory link to Stephen Holmes on Yoo.