Friday, February 23, 2007

War powers

White House opposes war authority limits - Yahoo! News

Several Senate Democrats have called in recent days for revoking the original authorization that Bush sought and won from Congress in the months before the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.
That measure authorized the president to use the armed forces "as he determines to be necessary and appropriate ... to defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq" and to enforce relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions.
Just to quell the "patriotic" folks that claim any opposition to the war is, well, un-patriotic. Congress abdicated its constitutional duty regarding war powers when it gave them to President Bush. And for what cause? To enforce a U.N. resolution!

No, this police action has never been about protecting the U.S. from terrorism. So I would be happy to see Congress reclaim its constitutional duty. Even if it is the Democrats. A broken clock can be right twice a day, and this would set a great precedent the Congress still knows its duty.

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