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  • Rand Paul's excuse for avoiding the 'religious freedom' law controversy doesn't add up

    04/03/2015 12:10:36 PM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 2, 2015 | Hunter Walker and Colin Campbell
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is the only major Republican likely 2016 presidential candidate who hasn't weighed in on the controversy over Indiana's "religious freedom" law that erupted this week — and his explanation for avoiding the issue is questionable.
  • McCain, Kaine unveil measure to change war powers

    01/19/2014 4:37:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 16, 2014 3:56 PM EST | Donna Cassata
    Two members of the Senate are pressing for significant changes to how presidents consult with Congress on sending the military into war. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., unveiled legislation on Thursday that would repeal the 1973 War Powers Resolution, often ignored by presidents of both parties, and replace it with a new law that requires greater consultation and a congressional vote within 30 days on any significant armed conflict. …
  • Boehner: Obama Must Consult Congress Before Acting in Syria

    08/26/2013 3:41:21 PM PDT · by xzins · 76 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 26 Aug 2013 | Courtney Coren
    Speaker of the House John Boehner called on President Barack Obama Monday to make a decision on the Syrian conflict, but not without the approval of congress first. "The Syrian regime has blatantly crossed President Obama's red line, the White House has acknowledged, by using chemical weapons on its people," the Ohio Republican wrote in a statement. "The options facing the president are complicated, have far-reaching ramifications, and may require significant resources." "That's why, if he chooses to act, the president must explain his decision publicly, clearly, and resolutely," he added. "The president is commander-in-chief. With that power comes obligations,"...
  • US, allies conduct 29 airstrikes on Islamic State targets

    01/17/2015 12:28:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/17/15 | Peter Schroeder
    The United States and its allies carried out 29 separate airstrikes targeting the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq on Friday, according to the Combined Joint Task Force. The strikes occurred between Friday and Saturday morning, and targeted a range of Islamic State vehicles, buildings, and other positions, according to Reuters. Sixteen of the attacks occurred in seven different Iraqi cities. Vehicles, buildings, equipment and fighting positions were targeted, as well as Islamic State units, according to the task force. In Syria, 11 more airstrikes were conducted around the city of Kobani. Those strikes destroyed a tank and other fighting...
  • U.S. troops battle both Taliban and their own rules [Did the Left worry and obsess over this?]

    01/31/2015 4:17:42 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November16, 2009
    *****November 16, 2009*****".....The [Washington] Times compiled an informal list of the new rules from interviews with U.S. forces. Among them: • No night or surprise searches. • Villagers have to be warned prior to searches. • ANA or ANP must accompany U.S. units on searches. • U.S. soldiers may not fire at the enemy unless the enemy is preparing to fire first. • U.S. forces cannot engage the enemy if civilians are present. • Only women can search women. • Troops can fire at an insurgent if they catch him placing an IED but not if insurgents are walking away...
  • After Painting Himself Into a Corner and Losing All His Allies, NOW Obama Looks to Congress!

    08/31/2013 12:08:27 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 48 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 31 August 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    As an excuse to back down, that is...  then blame the Republicans, of course After days of talking VERY publicly of all the terrible things he could do to Bashir Assad's odious regime in Demascus... Russia's sent 6-7 warships in and told him to back off while France scampered and the Brits said 'pass'. All of a sudden now he wants to ask Congress, please. Either somebody warned Obama he's opening himself up to impeachment with another violation of the war powers act... or he simply realized he's been abandoned or opposed by just about everybody on Earth, including the UN. The Peace...
  • Constitution Gives Obama No Power to Use Force in Syria

    08/28/2013 8:36:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | August 28, 2013 | Terry Jeffrey
    "We're actively looking at the various legal angles that would inform a decision." That is what an anonymous administration official told the Washington Post this week about President Barack Obama's deliberations on whether he will personally involve the United States in another Middle Eastern war by ordering military action in Syria. But the only law that ultimately matters here is the one Obama swore to preserve, protect and defend: the Constitution of the United States. As recently as six years ago, Obama exhibited a clear understanding of the power the Constitution does and does not give the president in using...
  • Will Obama go to Congress before attacking Syria?

    08/27/2013 9:07:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/27/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    The answer to that question is … probably not. Despite all of the handwringing by Democrats in the last administration about “imperial presidencies,” Barack Obama has exercised military powers unilaterally, especially in Libya, which was a war against Moammar Qaddafi in all but name. Based on the responses from the White House late yesterday, we can expect more of the same regarding Syria: Carney also downplayed a role for Congress in reviewing or approving any strike plan. “I’m not going to speculate about a [presidential] decision that has not been made,” he said.“I’m not going to itemize calls … [but]...
  • Lawmakers to Obama: Syria strikes need our OK

    08/27/2013 8:38:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 27, 2013 10:50 AM EDT | Bradley Klapper
    A Republican lawmaker is rallying support to pressure President Barack Obama into seeking congressional authorization for military strikes against Syria. Rep. Scott Rigell of Virginia is asking colleagues to sign a letter to Obama that urges him to reconvene Congress and seek approval for any military action. …
  • Obama tells Congress U.S. deploying up to 275 troops to Iraq

    06/16/2014 3:46:39 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 139 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6-16-2014 | Reuters
    President Barack Obama told Congress on Monday the United States was deploying up to 275 military personnel to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the country's embassy in Baghdad after militants seized control of the north of the country.
  • Fox News Fossil John Bolton: President Wages War While Congress Just Declares War

    09/01/2013 11:31:51 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 53 replies
    9/1/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    I was watching Fox News last night, and John Bolton (R-GOP-e) was asked to give a reply to a previously recorded clip from Rand Paul, and Bolton seemed to be acting as if the president (Obama) is the one who gets to wage war, while Congress just gets to merely declare and/or authorize it. As if the president (be it Nixon, GHWB, or Clinton) sits on the throne and Congress' job is to merely place the crown on their heads and the scepter in their hands. Once again, it seems as if another Republican goes to bat for Obama (like...
  • Aide: Obama open to limits in war authorization (against ISIL)

    11/19/2014 7:19:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 19, 2014 6:14 PM EST | Bradley Klapper
    The Obama administration is open to limits on the duration of its military efforts in Iraq and Syria and on the potential use of ground forces in a new war authorization against the Islamic State, a top presidential adviser said Wednesday. Tony Blinken, currently President Barack Obama’s deputy national security adviser, said discussions would continue with Congress on updating the legal basis for the U.S. intervention. There has been no progress on an authorization in the two weeks since Obama vowed to coordinate with lawmakers on establishing a stronger legal basis for military action. That has prompted growing frustration among...
  • Obama to seek new war powers from Congress

    11/06/2014 5:35:23 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 36 replies
    AP ^ | 11/6 | Deb Reichmann
    President Barack Obama said Wednesday he would work with Congress on new war powers to fight Islamic State militants and expressed cautious optimism about whether the international face-off over Iran's nuclear program will be resolved — two issues that could prove harder for the White House to maneuver with Republicans in charge on Capitol Hill. Obama spoke at a news conference the day after his party was thrashed by Republicans in midterm elections, leaving the GOP soon to be in charge of both the House and the Senate. When he approved U.S. airstrikes in late September against extremists who have...
  • Former Congressman accuses Capitol Hill of dereliction for ducking vote on ISIS war

    10/04/2014 11:39:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Hot ^ | October 4, 2014 | ED MORRISEY
    He’s not the only one, but Tom Campbell may have the highest level of moral authority to rebuke Congress on this point. Now a law professor, Campbell filed a lawsuit to block Bill Clinton from ordering air strikes in Serbia in the late 1990s without an explicit Congressional authorization for war. Now Campbell tells Yahoo News’ Olivier Knox that the current Congress risks setting a precedent that will all but eliminate the legislature’s ability to control when America goes to war: “This is Congress running way from its responsibility,” the soft-spoken Campbell told Yahoo News in a telephone interview. “Is...
  • Congress in No Rush to Return for ISIS War Authorization

    09/25/2014 4:15:11 PM PDT · by mojito · 4 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 9/23/2014 | Matt Fuller
    The United States has begun a bombing campaign in Syria, but don’t bet on Congress returning to Washington to vote on a new war authorization anytime soon. Shortly after airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria started, some lawmakers started pushing again for an authorization vote. But so far, leaders aren’t gearing up to bring their members back to town. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., tweeted Monday night it was “irresponsible and immoral” that congressional leaders had chosen to recess for nearly two months instead of debating and voting on war. And the ranking Democrat on the Budget Committee, Chris Van...
  • Obama Says He Has ‘Legal Authority’ To Strike Syria

    09/10/2014 7:07:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    INN ^ | 9/10/2014, 12:10 PM | Ari Yashar
    US President Barack Obama says he has the “legal authority” to order US airstrikes on Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) forces in Syria, according to sources present at a dinner with foreign policy experts at the White House on Monday. Obama “thinks he has the legal authority he needs” to expand action in Iraq and Syria under the War Powers Act, according to Jane Harman, the president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, who told the Washington Post about the dinner. Another attendee of the dinner, former undersecretary of defense for policy Michčle Flournoy, told the paper Obama...
  • Statement by the Press Secretary on the War Powers Resolution Report for Iraq

    06/16/2014 3:43:59 PM PDT · by kristinn · 4 replies
    The White House ^ | Monday, June 16, 2014 | Josh Earnest
    The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 16, 2014 Statement by the Press Secretary on the War Powers Resolution Report for Iraq Today, consistent with the War Powers Resolution, the President transmitted a report notifying the Congress that up to approximately 275 U.S. military personnel are deploying to Iraq to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. The personnel will provide assistance to the Department of State in connection with the temporary relocation of some staff from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to the U.S. Consulates General in Basra...
  • Rand Paul Calls for a Formal Declaration of War Against ISIS

    11/24/2014 6:16:29 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11-23-2014 | JEREMY W. PETERS
    Senator Rand Paul is calling for a declaration of war against the Islamic State, a move that promises to shake up the debate over the military campaign in Iraq and Syria as President Obama prepares to ask Congress to grant him formal authority to use force. Mr. Paul, a likely presidential candidate who has emerged as one of the Republican Party’s most cautious voices on military intervention, offered a very circumscribed definition of war in his proposal, which he outlined in an interview on Saturday. He would, for instance, limit the duration of military action to one year and significantly...
  • Don’t Authorize Obama’s War (Column: Why his request for war authorization is a trap)

    02/13/2015 7:39:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | February 13, 2015 | Matthew Continetti
    The authorization for the use of military force against ISIS that the Obama administration sent Congress this week is not worthy of the name. Its language is far more about what the president won’t do against the terrorist army that controls much of Syria and Iraq—limits on ground troops and a sunset provision for the authorization after three years—than what he will do. Congress should reject it. If the threat of ISIS is as dire as the president says it is in the preamble of his resolution, if ISIS really does pose “a grave threat to the people and territorial...
  • Obama asks Congress to authorize U.S. war on Islamic State

    02/11/2015 12:01:54 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 109 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 11, 2015 | BY PATRICIA ZENGERLE
    (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama asked Congress on Wednesday to authorize military force against Islamic State that would bar any large-scale invasion by U.S. ground troops and limit operations to three years. Republicans, who control Congress, put up swift resistance to the proposal. They say Obama's foreign policy is too passive and want stronger measures against the militants, also known as ISIL. With Obama's fellow Democrats wary of another Middle East war, it could be difficult for the White House to win enough support to pass the bill, even though six months have passed since the military campaign began....
  • Startling implications of a Jihadi letter

    11/09/2007 11:03:03 AM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies · 379+ views
    American Thinker ^ | November 09, 2007 | Ray Robison
    New light is being shed on the 2001 anthrax attacks in a fascinating open letter to Ayman al Zawahiri of al Qaeda, written by a jihadi living in London. Numan Bin Uthman, a former leader of an armed Islamic group in Libya, provides yet more evidence that the global Islamic jihad movement is losing its resolve.  But the letter contains a startling admission. Uthman tells us of a conversation he had with al Qaeda leaders before the 9/11 attacks in which he urged them not to use WMD. From AKI News: Uthman also said that he had taken part in...
  • What's So Important About a Declaration of War?

    05/10/2011 7:36:54 AM PDT · by Tom Mullen · 19 replies ^ | 5/7/2011 | Tom Mullen
    Presidential hopeful Ron Paul insists that the U.S. government shouldn’t go to war without a declaration of war. His son Rand has also taken this position, as have several libertarian-leaning Tea Party candidates. According to the U.S. Constitution, the congress is invested with the power to declare war. These constitutionalists say that obtaining one should be a requirement before military action is authorized. I’m not sure that this is resonating with those that are unfamiliar with what a declaration of war means. For most people, the declaration of war is a formality whereby the president makes sure that it is...
  • The War In Libya, Just Another Distraction?

    03/24/2011 6:34:01 PM PDT · by DrDan4Congress · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Dr. Dan's Freedom Forum ^ | March 23, 2011 | Dr. Dan Eichenbaum
    As we initiate new military action in another Arab country (Libya), we must question and demand answers from this administration about the goals of the mission. How realistic are the chances for success? What is the true risk to our military personnel and what exit strategy is in place?
  • Gulf of Tonkin – Government Lies

    03/23/2011 10:32:56 PM PDT · by Rabin · 7 replies
    FAIR ^ | Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon
    Prior to the U.S. air strikes, top officials in Washington had reason to doubt that any Aug. 4 attack by North Vietnam had occurred. Cables from the U.S. task force commander in the Gulf, Captain John J. Herrick, referred to “freak weather effects,” “almost total darkness” and an “overeager sonarman” who “was hearing ship’s own propeller beat...
  • Did I miss a Declaration of War? (vanity)

    03/19/2011 4:02:39 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 135 replies
    I just watched the news. US ships are firing at Libya. I was out fishing this morning, so I missed the early reports. Did we declare war on Libya? Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution grants Congress the exclusive power to declare war, so that's what happened...right?
  • On the NRO Libya Editorial, I Respectfully Dissent

    03/17/2011 8:55:07 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 38 replies
    National Review ^ | Andrew c. McCarthy
    I respectfully dissent from Wendesday’s NRO editorial, which urges that the United States go to war with Libya. The editorial doesn’t put it that way. Indeed, it doesn’t call for President Obama to seek a congressional declaration of war, or at least an authorization for the use of military force, as the Bush administration understood was required before commencing combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. In this case, complying with the Constitution is almost certain to result in a resounding “no” vote from the people’s representatives — and if you think getting the Patriot Act reauthorized was uphill, figure getting...
  • Dick Morris: Hillary's Opening Shot of 2012

    09/09/2010 2:12:56 AM PDT · by shibumi · 48 replies
    Fox News via YouTube ^ | 9/8/2010 | O'Reilley Factor
    Dick Morris talks about the recent criticism from Hillary on the surging U.S. Debt
  • Utah man arrested in Sheepskin Factory arson

    07/23/2010 5:59:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies · 1+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | 07/23/2010 | Howard Pankratz
    Walter Edmund Bond was taken into custody Thursday in Denver after allegedly telling an informant that he started the Glendale fire and two fires in Utah because they were businesses that "profited from animals." At the time of his arrest by FBI and ATF agents, Bond was carrying a backpack, according to an affidavit by Rennie Mora, a special agent for the ATF. Agents searched the backpack and found literature titled, "The Declaration of War - Killing People to Save the Animals and the Environment - Strike a Match Light a Fuse We've Only Have the Earth to Lose." Bond...
  • North Korea torpedoed South's navy ship

    04/21/2010 8:03:41 PM PDT · by Typical_Whitey · 48 replies · 1,135+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4/21/10 | Jack Kim
    South Korea's military believes a torpedo fired from a North Korean submarine sank its navy ship last month, based on intelligence gathered jointly with the United States, a news report said on Thursday. The Yonhap news agency report appears to be the clearest sign yet that Seoul blames Pyongyang for the sinking, thought to have killed 46 sailors in what would be one of the deadliest incidents between the rivals since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.
  • NDU Hacked (*National Defense University Computers)

    01/12/2007 10:13:51 AM PST · by Gritty · 9 replies · 658+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 12, 2007 | Bill Gertz and Rowan Scarborough
    Computers and information networks at the National Defense University (NDU), the Joint Chiefs military education school at Fort McNair in Washington, were hacked and damaged by unknown attackers, defense officials said. (snip) ... hackers had planted clandestine "trap doors" into the system that would allow them future access, or would facilitate computer attacks. The only way to ensure the security of the systems was to replace them... (snip) Official suspicions are focused on Chinese hackers, based on similar attacks on Pentagon and military computer networks. Chinese hackers also were involved in the electronic theft in 2005 of hundreds of evaluation...
  • The Truth about the War

    11/03/2006 3:10:23 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 39 replies · 1,130+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 3 November 2006 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    I’m had as hell, and I want to state some truths about the war against Islamo-fascists. The first truth about the war is that we ARE at war. Days after the attacks of 9/11 Congress folded a Joint Resolution into the Patriot Act. In that Resolution, and again a year later, Congress gave President Bush the authority to “use all necessary military force” against the “terrorists, and nations which harbor them.” Those who’ve done their homework, know that Congress used almost identical language now, as Congress used in 1805 for President Jefferson to go after the Barbary Pirates. That was...
  • North Korea Calls U.N. Security Council Resolution a "Declaration of War"

    10/17/2006 12:20:55 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 19 replies · 876+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | October 17, 2006
    Pyongyang: the resolution of UNO is a "declaration of war" Seoul - the North Korea regards as a "declaration of war" the adopted resolution Saturday by the Security Council of UNO sanctioning its nuclear test of October 9. It again promised a response. "It goes without saying that the Council Resolution of safety of UNO cannot be interpreted differently than like a declaration of war against the RPDC (democratic popular Republic of Korea)", a spokesman of the Foreign Affairs declared quoted by official agency KCNA. Indeed, this resolution "was based on the scenario according to which the United States...
  • Tribal Loyalties and Public Lies

    06/23/2006 10:52:47 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 15 replies · 908+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 23 June 2006 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    There are two, regular participants on Fox News who are so predictable and strident in public lying to push their political issues that the instant they appear I now hit the channel change button. I won’t name them. I’m sure all readers have their own list of talking heads on TV who are so dishonest, so obnoxious, you have the same reaction to them – turn them off immediately. Last weekend saw “Spamalot!” on Broadway. Thinking about it afterward, I realized that lyrics from one of the greatest musicals ever, explained what is happening among the talking heads recruited from...
  • Star-Spangled Banner -- in Spanish -- drawing protest, rage

    04/28/2006 6:23:19 AM PDT · by mlc9852 · 83 replies · 1,590+ views ^ | April 28, 2006 | LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ
    MIAMI -- British music producer Adam Kidron says he just wanted to honor the millions of immigrants seeking a better life in the U.S. when he came up with the idea of a Spanish-language version of the national anthem. The initial version of Nuestro Himno, or Our Anthem comes out Friday and features artists such as Wyclef Jean, hip-hop star Pitbull and Puerto Rican singers Carlos Ponce and Olga Tanon. Some Internet bloggers and others are infuriated by the thought of The Star-Spangled Banner sung in a language other than English, and the version of the song has already been...
  • A "Woman President"? But Which One?

    10/21/2005 2:50:00 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 29 replies · 1,534+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 22 October, 2005 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    This is not about Dick Morris’ latest book, Condi vs. Hillary: The Next Great Presidential Race. The issue today is “Should America have a woman President?” I reply, “Of course, and not a moment too soon. But shouldn’t we put a LITTLE thought into which woman would be good for the job?” The woman/White House issue is, of course, raised by the new ABC program “Commander in Chief,” starring Geena Davis. Does anyone have slight doubt that a President should be impeached and removed, rather than praised, if he/she threatened war against another nation for executing one of its citizens,...
  • An American Traitor: Guilty As Charged [Jane Fonda]

    06/10/2005 5:48:00 AM PDT · by SJackson · 34 replies · 5,491+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 6-10-05 | Henry Mark Holzer and Erika Holzer
    An American Traitor: Guilty As Charged By Henry Mark Holzer and Erika | June 10, 2005For three decades Jane Fonda obfuscated, distorted and lied about virtually everything connected with her wartime trip to North Vietnam: her motive, her acts, her intent, and her contribution to the Communists’ war effort.  With the aid of clever handlers, she so successfully suppressed and spun her conduct in Hanoi that many Americans didn’t know what she had done there, and, more important, the legal significance. Three years ago, our book, “Aid and Comfort”: Jane Fonda in North Vietnam (McFarland & Co.), laid bare...
  • Memorial Day, 2004

    06/05/2004 12:10:57 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 21 replies · 1,483+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 6 June, 2004 | John Armor (CongressmanBillybob)
    This week we formally dedicated the World War II Memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C. The center of the Memorial is a reflecting pool in front of a curved wall on which there are 4,050 golden stars, each of them representing one hundred Americans who gave the last full measure of devotion in that conflict. This was the long-delayed memorial for the 16 million Americans who served in that conflict, only a quarter of whom are still alive. A substantial number of those were in attendance at the dedication. Of course, World War II was not the war in...
  • 2002 IRAQ WAR RESOLUTION (For Reference and Rebuttal)

    05/19/2004 10:20:14 PM PDT · by Howlin · 79 replies · 2,567+ views ^ | May 20, 2004
    IRAQ WAR RESOLUTION   107th CONGRESS2d SessionH. J. RES. 114October 10, 2002 JOINT RESOLUTIONTo authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against Iraq. Whereas in 1990 in response to Iraq's war of aggression against and illegal occupation of Kuwait, the United States forged a coalition of nations to liberate Kuwait and its people in order to defend the national security of the United States and enforce United Nations Security Council resolutions relating to Iraq; Whereas after the liberation of Kuwait in 1991, Iraq entered into a United Nations sponsored cease-fire agreement pursuant to which Iraq unequivocally agreed, among...
  • Ron Paul - Congress Cannot Be Appointed

    01/26/2004 7:27:13 AM PST · by jmc813 · 74 replies · 960+ views
    House Web Site ^ | 1-26-2004 | Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)
    In the months following the September 11th terrorist attacks, questions arose about whether Congress could continue to function if many of its members were killed or injured in a future terrorist attack. These concerns resulted in the creation of a commission that advocated a first in American history, namely the appointment of individuals to the U.S. House. A constitutional amendment has been proposed that would provide the method for such appointments following a catastrophe that killed or disabled a majority of the people in Congress. I strongly oppose this constitutional amendment, because I believe an appointed Congress would become an...
  • HELP! Need to find Congress resolution which gave Bush power to fight terrorism.

    04/14/2003 11:51:22 AM PDT · by ez · 26 replies · 338+ views
    Free Republic | 4/14/03 | ez
    Now that we are discussing possible action against Syria, certain nay-sayers have claimed that Bush must go to Congress for permission to attack them. While we know this is not true, there was a resolution passed just after 9/11/01 that gave Bush the power to use military force against terrorists and the nations that harbor them. The one we used to take the Taliban out of Afghanistan. After searching with Search Engines for a while I have been unable to locate that bill. Can anyone help?
  • Congress Should Declare War on Iraq (vanity)

    02/15/2003 7:16:22 AM PST · by Jim Noble · 15 replies · 706+ views
    vanity | February 15, 2003 | Jim Noble
    I will admit that, for most of my life, I have been a partisan of the "undeclared wars are illegal wars" school of thought. However, I am quite certain that President Bush has the power to defend the United States by conquering and occupying Iraq and killing Saddam Hussein, with or without Congressional "approval". (The issue of whether or not Congress could forbid such an action is a separate question-I personally think they could).I think the debate over whether the President has the inherent power to command military action has been decisively settled, both by the Supreme Court and by...
  • Commentary: Are we at war?

    09/19/2002 10:59:47 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 9 replies · 389+ views
    United Press International ^ | 19 September 2002 | John Armor (aka, Congressman Billybob
    By John Armor From the Washington Politics & Policy Desk Published 9/19/2002 11:31 AM HIGHLANDS, N.C., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- The United States does not legitimately go to war because the president says so. Or because the United Nations, or NATO, or any other organization says so. Or even because some other nation commits an act of war against it. The only legal way for the United States to go to war is stated in the Constitution, which gives Congress the power "To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal...." The Framers gave that power to Congress, and only...
  • Terrorism In Early America: The U.S. Wages War Against The Barbary States....

    09/18/2002 2:26:14 PM PDT · by TomB · 24 replies · 839+ views
    Terrorism In Early AmericaThe U.S. Wages War Against The Barbary States To End International Blackmail and Terrorism The events of September 11, 2001 shocked the United States out of its complacency concerning its invulnerability. Even though the U.S. has the most powerful military machine on earth, it might be of little avail; it seems that a new type of war will be fought. A war that will need resolve, years of effort, and new tactics. This is not the first conflict in which America has faced such deprivations against life and property. There was another time when it was determined...
  • Declarations of War(?) Then and Now.

    09/10/2002 4:11:02 PM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 6 replies · 749+ views
    09/10/2002 | Me
    World War I Joint Resolution Passed by the United States Senate and House of Representatives Effective April 6, 1917, at 1:18 p.m. WHEREAS, The Imperial German Government has committed repeated acts of war against the Government and the people of the United States of America; therefore, be it Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the state of war between the United States and the Imperial German Government, which has thus been thrust upon the United States, is hereby formally declared; and That the President be, and he is...
  • CONGRESS DID DECLARE WAR! Joint Resolution Authorizing The Use Of Force Against Terrorists

    06/14/2002 10:22:22 AM PDT · by SunStar · 220 replies · 6,309+ views
    U.S. Congress ^ | 9/14/2001 | U.S. Congress
    Let's all re-read the Congressional Joint Resolution of September 14, 2001. I'm sick and tired of all the supposed conservative Constitutional "defenders" (and plenty of Leftists as well) who continue to argue that President Bush is not entitled to War Powers, that he is acting in an inappropriate matter, that he is making "arbitrary" rules and regulations up as he goes, and that our Constitution is in jeopardy because Congress did not "Declare War". Case in point: This was posted by a Freeper yesterday: Yes War powers are in effect - without a war vote. Constitutional power is NO LONGER...