I find it particularly interesting that progressives who decried President Bush’s “failure” to first get U.N. permission to go to war in Iraq are now silent that the Obama administration has declared that they will not seek U.N. permission to strike Syria. This is also an administration that overtly declared that President Bush acted illegally in going to war without a declaration of war by Congress, and yet now apparently has no intention of conferring with Congress about their actions in Syria… nor past actions in Libya. At least President Bush had the Iraq War Resolution from Congress, President Obama doesn’t appear to be making an effort to do even that. Where is the anti-war left now that their messiah is moving forward?
“The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation,” – Candidate Obama in 2007
“The president has no constitutional authority to take this country to war… unless we’re attacked or unless there is proof that we are about to be attacked,” – Joe Biden in 2007
“Given this, the only logical conclusion is that the framers intended to grant to Congress the power to initiate all hostilities, even limited wars.” – Joe Biden 1998
“I want to make it clear to you, I’ve drafted, with the help of 17 years I was the chairman of the Judiciary Committee or the ranking member. Ladies and gentlemen, I drafted an outline of what I think the constitutional limits have on the president in over the war clause. I went to five leading scholars, constitutional scholars, and they drafted a treatise for me, and it’s being distributed to every senator. And I want to make it clear and I made it clear to the president, if he takes this nation to war in Iran, without congressional approval — I will make it my business to impeach him.” – Joe Biden in 2007
It is precisely because the consequences of war – intended or otherwise – can be so profound and complicated that our Founding Fathers vested in Congress, not the President, the power to initiate war, except to repel an imminent attack on the United States or its citizens. They reasoned that requiring the President to come to Congress first would slow things down… allow for more careful decision making before sending Americans to fight and die… and ensure broader public support.
The Founding Fathers were, as in most things, profoundly right. That’s why I want to be very clear: if the President takes us to war with Iran without Congressional approval, I will call for his impeachment.
I do not say this lightly or to be provocative. I am dead serious. I have chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee. I still teach constitutional law. I’ve consulted with some of our leading constitutional scholars. The Constitution is clear. And so am I.
I’m saying this now to put the administration on notice and hopefully to deter the President from taking unilateral action in the last year of his administration. If war is warranted with a nation of 70 million people, it warrants coming to Congress and the American people first.” – Joe Biden in 2007
Hmmmmm???? I guess it’s ok to the anti-war left because they like Obama. In other words they are just partisan hacks with no real principles.