The Obama Administration looks to limits on its war powers with disdain, at best.
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The Constitution prescribes the rules about how the United States is to enter a war, and the Obama administration has violated those rules.
Is Obama’s bombing of Libya Constitutional? Hereâ€™s the short answer. Absolutely not.
The merest glance at Americaâ€™s founding suggests that no one really wanted full-bore elective despotism…
In reading the Constitution, we can plainly see that Congress possesses the power â€œto regulate commerce with foreign nations, to raise and support armies, to grant letters of marque and reprisal, to provide for the common defense,â€ and even â€œto declare war.â€ Congress shares, with the President, the power to make treaties and to appoint [...]
by Michael Boldin The framers of the Constitution attempted to balance the power of the President as commander-in-chief with that of Congress, the representatives of the People. Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution gives to the Executive Branch the command of the nation’s armed forces, while Article I, Section 8 gives to the Legislative [...]
Although the founders wrote the US Constitution to limit the powers of the federal government, politicians from both sides of the aisle take the position that their power is far beyond what was ever imagined. And now, John McCain’s new advisor, Michael Goldfarb, is making the claim that the executive branch has “near dictatorial powers”
by Ivan Eland More memos recently have surfaced that were written early in the Bush administration by John C. Yoo from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel — the man who gave us the administration’s horrifyingly narrow definition of torture. As difficult as it is to believe, the recently released memos are even scarier [...]
Guest Commentary by Dan Reale You can ask anybody what the first amendment prevents infringement upon. They might know about one thing, freedom of speech, but incorrectly, tell you we are granted freedom of speech. Even then, most miss the other four inalienable rights the Constitution limits the federal government from violating. Most are equally [...]
A recent OpEd by Mario Cuomo in the Los Angeles Times, What The Constitution Says About Iraq, gave some surprisingly good analysis of how the Iraq war is a direct violation of the constitution. Here’s a few tidbits:
Reports from the UK are talking about a British General lambasting US policy failures in Iraq. From the Guardian: The bitter transatlantic row over Iraq intensified as another key British general lambasted the US for bungling the aftermath of the invasion. Major General Tim Cross, the most senior UK officer involved in the post-war planning, [...]