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No really, it's called the Constitution

I appreciate Mr. Freedom Fries trying to make amends, but don't we already have something for this?:

THE IRAN QUESTION. It's unclear if this will go anywhere, but it's still worth noting: Ari Berman tells us about new legislation introduced today that would require President Bush to gain congressional approval for any military action against Iran. Good for Walter "Freedom Fries" Jones, who's pushing the bill.

Follow up from the article Tapped links to:

"Our constitution states that--while the Commander in Chief has the power to conduct wars--only Congress has the power to authorize war," Jones said at a press conference today. "It's time for Congress to meet its Constitutional responsibility...This legislation makes it crystal clear that no previous resolution passed by Congress authorizes such a use of force [against Iran]."

Such a basic expression of the separation of powers should be obvious. But with the Bush Administration, one never knows. So H.J. Res 14 spells it out. "This resolution says a strong message that Congress won't stand idly by and it won't get railroaded into another war that will only make America and the world less safe," said Rep. Marty Meehan. "A lot of people in Congress are fearful that this war will expand," added Rep. Ron Paul. Containing an expansion of the war, said Rep. Neil Abercrombie, is "the most important issue this Congress will face aside from Iraq."

They're basically pushing through a law that says "You have to follow the Constitution". (Of course Bush can still do whatever he wants after the law is passed, with the proper signing statement.)

I'm not feeling secure about the whole democratic process today.

By fnord12 | January 19, 2007, 2:52 PM | Liberal Outrage


the democratic what now? democracy's for fascists. it's nothing we americans want anything to do with.