March 20, 2008

IRAQ WAR---What do you think?

It has been 5 years since President George Bush urged Congress to declare war on Iraq. The Congress did indeed authorize the invasion of Afghanistan, but Iraq was an executive decision; an invasion based upon the declaration of the President without the authorization of Congress. Some say this is illegal but we find a convoluted function in our Constitution.

Article II: Section 2. The President shall be commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of the United States; he may require the opinion, in writing, of the principal officer in each of the executive departments, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices, and he shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.

Article I: Section 8. The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;...
To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;

To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years;

To provide and maintain a navy;

To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces;

To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the states respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

Here we find an example of a clear separation of powers within the Constitution of the U.S.


My Question: After September 11, seventy per cent of Americans supported the invasion of Afghanistan. Now less than thirty per cent support Iraq War. Who do we blame for this decline? Is it Congress, the President, or us? Is there any blame needed?

Does anyone agree/disagree with the War....I'm looking for OPINION! Let me have it.

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