posted on Feb, 4 2013 @ 06:43 AM
Originally posted by Spookycolt
Many historians, myself included, believe that the right of Congress to declare war is really nothing more then a statement of fact.
I don't think anyone expects Congress to have the ability to make decisions as a group about who we are going to fight. If they disagree with the
President they have the right to end it by cutting off funding but the decision to go rests with the President. He has access to the information and
As for the main point of this post I would have to say I agree with it. If you know an attack is coming why not hit them first? Would you really have
not tried to stop the Japanese before they hit Pearl Harbor if you knew they were coming?
You're a historian? Well, then perhaps you can explain what Congress meant by the War Powers Act. I don't believe they were just having a little fun
with the President to give him a hard time. I do believe, in fact, they were quite clear on the issue of seeking their permission *BEFORE* committing
United States Forces to war.
In fact, I am 100% positive the U.S. Constitution enumerates the right to declare war as a power exclusively held by Congress and NOT the President.
The problem, of course is that a right is only that if those who have it actually use it and force the issue when someone else takes it from them.
Like the budget, as another example.
If Congress has lost the right to be the sole deciding factor of when war should begin, I'll admit they have themselves to thank for it. They've
allowed it to slide by default and a lack of effort. Indeed....Omission of action is action in itself, as they've proven here.
However...The Constitution was written with clarity and brevity as the defining factors. Who is charged with the sole powers of declaring war is of no
question by a simply reading of the sections to each branch and which powers each branch is delegated. If only the King would honor it.
* Oh... and this means everything to topic because the U.S. has been saying since 9/11 that a considerable cyber attack against U.S. Interests would
be viewed as an act of war against America. I wonder....will other nations not see it how we've defined it ourselves.....as It's done TO them? We're
in trouble and this Gov't is out of control.
edit on 4-2-2013 by Wrabbit2000 because: (no reason given)