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2922 days ago

BS! We can declare war on anyone!

UPDATE: We haven't had warfare that qualifies as constitutional in my lifetime... or my parents lifetime for that matter.

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4042 days ago

The constitutionality has never been officially settled, but it's another form of manipulating the Constitution and the fact that, like it or not, politics play a part in everything. Technically speaking, it might be unconstitutional, but if it is it's because of an unconstitutional decision made by Congress in the early 70s, which wasn't unusual for the time. United States involvement in Korea and Vietnam were "police actions", or war without it being declared. Particularly after Vietnam, some people looked to stop the president from using this end around for using military force, so congress passed the War Powers Resolution in 1973 which requires the president to get approval of Congress 60 days before using military force. The fact of the matter is this is no different than a declaration of war. It's just a way of someone having the room to technically say, "Hey, this was his idea."

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4042 days ago

War is not a political issue, it is a Military issue. If we depend on the Congress to whether enter a war or not, it may never happen, given the political games and manipulations going on. Congress should be concerned to make laws, not establish foreign policy or take military decisions. As a matter of fact, Congress should be more concerned of the Judiciary usurping their role and making laws on their own.

Update: the Congress did authorize the war in 1991. That war was never ended, there was never a peace treaty signed, there was never an end of war decree by the Congress. A truce, or cease of hostility is not the end of the war. How can Congress declare war on a nation against which there was a declaration of war already?  There is no such a thing as double war.

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4042 days ago

To all the strict constructionists and others out there in RIA land who bemoan the usurpations of the U. S. Supreme Court on this clause and that clause of the Constitution, and who defend this war, what part of Article I, Section 8, Clause 11, don't you understand?

I shall repeat it for you. "Congress shall have the power...To declare war." This does not mean the President, or the UN, or the National Security Council, or whatever. It means a joint resolution declaring that the United States is at war with another nation, not some sophistry that we have followed since 1945.

If we would actually follow the Constitution in this case, we would avoid such things as Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq, and future mistakes. The Presidents as commanders in chief can make war. That is the defect of the system. Starting with FDR Presidents made war with impunity. Each should have been impeached and removed for gross violations of the constitution. This includes most Presidents since 1945. 

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4404 days ago

I think that Saddam wanted the world to think he had WMD's. He worked hard to make us believe it. He used them in the past, so there was no reason for us to think he didnt have them, he just wanted us to believe that he had more than he did. I dont feel sorry for him at all. The man was extremely dangerous, and had to be taken out for the security of the region. Who would throw out the monitors if there was nothing to hide? He either really did have something to hide, or it was all part of a deception that cost him dearly. Either way, he screwed up big time!!! We wouldnt be going through the crap we are now if he would have acted more responsibly. But NOOOOO, that would have been the right thing to do. Heaven forbid!!!!

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4897 days ago

Well it didn't do much for Saddam to co-operate, did it? The international authorities stated that Saddam didn't have the weapons. The Clinton Administration and then the Bush Administration, egged on by the neo-Cons and others with interests in the Middle East, kept harping on the subject and claiming that he did. All the tub-thumpers for the war who hold positions in the government and who told us that Iraq had WMD should be impeached and removed from office. Those who furnished the deliberately wrong information should have a more severe discipline!

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4897 days ago

You bet, and Iraq was encouraged into the war by the Carter Administration since the USA's military was too toothless to pull off the hostage rescue attempt! Later the Reagan Administration continued Jimmy the Joke's policy of secretly supporting Saddam in that war. For all we know we probably sold him the chemicals.

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4898 days ago

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4898 days ago

That is not good, but I still don't think it justifies a big war 15 years later. But I suppose this war ended up working out to a point.

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4898 days ago

Well that is not a good thing on his record, but call me a redneck, but if a country decides to sign out of some monitoring group, we shouldn't try to stop them, although I can see why it looks suspicious.

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