The War Power: What the Congress Can Do; What The President Can Do
Posted on Thu Feb 01, 2007 at 10:05:32 AM EST
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In the Judiciary Committee hearing on "Exercising Congress' Constitutional Power To End A War," chaired by Senator Russ Feingold, one of the more bizarre aspects of the testimony presented was that it actually had little discussion of Congress' power to end a war and focused instead on Congress' power to regulate the President's management of war. The other bizarre aspect of the testimony was the utter disregard for the existing Iraq Authorization To Use Military Force. It is necessary to remind just how awful this resolution was:
SEC. 3. AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES. (a) AUTHORIZATION. The President is authorized to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in order to (1) defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq . . .
Indeed, Democratic politicians and legal scholars have been utterly disingenuous in their discussions on the subject. I'll explain why on the flip.
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