On September 14-15, 2001, Congress authorizes President (Bush) to Use All Necessary Force
United States Congress on September 14, 2001 approved a resolution authorizing President Bush to use 'all necessary and appropriate force' against
those responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attack on the United States. United States Senate voted 98 to 1, United States House of Representatives voted
420 to 1.
The resolution authorizing the use of military force is based on provisions in the 1973 War Powers Resolution that gives the president limited
authority to use military force in specified
situations, but requires congressional authority to expand action into a full scale war. United
States Congress has not approved a declaration of war since the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941.
On September 11, 2001, acts of despicable violence were committed against the United States and its citizens.
The president is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations or persons he determines planned,
authorized or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such
nations, organizations and persons.
It does not authorize a wide-ranging war against all terrorists anywhere in the world; also it does not give the president a blanket approval to take
military action against others under the guise of fighting international terrorism. It is not an open-ended authorization to use force in
circumstances beyond those we face today.
Congress did not set a date for Bush to halt military action; Congress's power to appropriate funds
, is the ultimate control over the
president's power as commander-in-chief.
Congress believes a formal declaration of war would still be appropriate, but when Representative Bob Barr drafted a declaration of war on September
13, 2001, it never came to a vote on the House floor since the House chose instead the use-of-force resolution.
Bush always talk about war this, war that...Congressmen talk about war this, war that...but this type of language is to only stir the nation under the
guise of patriotism or nationalism.
People around America do not understand, that once the funds are cut, Bush must seek cover inside a cave.
Thanks for your time, Edward
[edit on 8/7/2005 by 39 drops of solder]
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[edit on 7-8-2005 by DontTreadOnMe]