David Kirkpatrick

July 8, 2008

Updating the War Powers Act

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:23 pm

You don’t think this effort might be a push-back against the Bush 43 regime’s insane power grab for the executive branch, do you?

Even though this nation spiraled out of control under the whims of Cheney/Addington/et.al. after 9/11 when this cabal realized it could actually implement some of the crazier ideas of the post-Nixon neocons in regards to foreign policy and executive power, its nice to see our system slowly working its hardest to bring things back into balance. Torture is now being called torture and not “harsh-“, or even worse, “enhanced-interrogation” and the gang leaving power in DC is beginning to understand the jokes, asides and whispers about possible war crime charges — at least on the international front — are a real possibility.

I do hope whoever is in the Oval Office come January takes the time to flip this sordid rug over and expose the rest of the Bush administration’s sins.

From the NYT link:

Two former secretaries of state have declared the War Powers Resolution of 1973 obsolete and proposed a new system of closer consultation between the White House and Congress before American forces go into battle.

Their proposal would require the president to consult lawmakers before initiating combat lasting longer than a week except in rare cases requiring emergency action. Congress, for its part, would have 30 days to approve or disapprove of the military action.

The plan would create a new committee of Congressional leaders and relevant committee chairmen, with a full-time staff with access to military and intelligence material. The president would be required to consult with the group in advance of any extended strike.

Secretaries of State Warren Christopher and James A. Baker III oversaw a year-long study of the longstanding tension over war powers between the executive and legislative branches. In a report to be released on Tuesday, they concluded that the 1973 law, which was passed in the waning days of the Vietnam War and which aimed to limit the president’s ability to commit American forces to war unilaterally, never served its intended function and must be replaced.

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