HE WASN'T quite Solomon, but U.S. District Judge Harold Greene neatly split the difference between President Bush and the 54 Democratic members of Congress who filed suit to prevent Bush from going to battle against Iraq without a congressional declaration of war.
If there was a clear winner, it was the American people: Greene said in unequivocal terms that the Constitution gives Congress sole power to declare war. That point needed to be made, and he drove it home as plainly and as bluntly as possible.
But his ruling did not provide unalloyed solace either for Bush or his Democratic critics. Along with the warning to the president, there was an equally implicit rebuke for Congress.