posted on Mar, 9 2012 @ 04:06 PM
reply to post by Evil_Santa
"I always thought the president could order troops into combat, but only for 90 days, and then needed to get congress' approval." - Evil Santa
This is true pursuant to the War Powers Resolution enacted in 1973, however, the specifics and scope of the powers are supposed to be limited. The
legislation specifically states in its purpose section that "the constitutional powers of the President as Commander-in-Chief to introduce United
States Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, are
exercised only pursuant to (1) a declaration of war, (2) specific statutory authorization, or (3) a national emergency created by attack upon the
United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces." We all know this limitation has not been followed.
Moreover, many scholars believe this isn't even Constitutional since the legislation is attempting to carve out that which the Constitution already
addresses. In fact, they are likely correct, as presidents have historically broadened their powers under the guise of this legislation.
Sounds a bit familiar ... where have I hear of a Bill that is trying to legislate that which the Constitution already dictates ... but I digress.
Like I said before ... love the idea, but what should be happening is our leaders should be following and enforcing the Constitution.
9-3-2012 by APad08 because: Want to add prior quote by poster.