Sep 6, 2007

Can Democrats End the Iraq War?

Congress does not need Bush's approval to end the war. Democrats may not have wanted to pay the supposed political costs of such a strategy, but news coverage should have made clear that this was a choice, not something forced on them by the lack of a veto-proof majority.
It is a matter of constitutional fact, which is that the Democrats could stop the war if they chose. They choose not to."
The questions are not just: Can Congress stop the surge? Can Congress stop a war-mongering president in his tracks? The better question is what are the things Congress can accomplish just by trying to stop the escalation, boldly, and without apology?
The answer to that is: an enormous amount -- and that the only thing that can guarantee Democratic political weakness in 2008 is if they abandon a strong withdrawal (or, if you prefer, "redeployment") position.
According to The constitution the Congress shall have power:
To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;
To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years;
To provide and maintain a navy;
To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces;
To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions;
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the states respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
Why are they not using this power to end the War?

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2 comments:

Jeff Herz - My View of the World said...

Because the Democrats are a party of weakness, who are afraid of looking weak domestically in combatting terrorist. The GOP will be all over them as defeatists and not patriotic if they simply cut the troops lose from Iraq.

Unfortunatley it is politics pure and simple which is keeping us bogged down in baghdad

Carol said...

Hi Jeff,
Interesting perspective Democrats are a party of weakness. I have to reflect on this a little bit. You have once again given me food for thought.