Thursday, February 15, 2007

Can of worms

Representative Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, said the following during the current House debate.

This [resolution] gives rise to Constitutional conflict as well. The Constitution gives the President the power of Commander in Chief. President Bush, who was re-elected by a vote of the entire American people two years ago, has the duty and authority to conduct the War in Iraq. Congress has the power to declare war and to fund or not fund war, but does not have the power to conduct a war. This Constitutional division of powers is vital because, among other things, a clear chain of command is better calculated to lead to victory with the least possible loss of life. War by committee, on the other hand, does not best serve the interests of our country and our troops.

It's ironic that he brings up the fact that Congress has the power to declare war, since no Congress, either under Republican or Democratic control, has declared war since 1941. Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Kuwait, Somalia, Iraq, etc., etc., etc. have not had a formal declaration of war.


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