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    Congress is also supposed to decide when we will wage war.  At least that was what was intended by the founders.  They wanted no standing army or wars of choice.  Nor do the majority of the American people want wars of choice or wars unilaterally declared by the executive.  Polls have proven this time and time again.

    But we are in a particularly bad situation right now, double trouble, IMHO.  We have a Congress that often does not want to make big decisions in matters of war, no matter how much they bluster about it, because the military-industrial complex has so much control over them.  And we have executives who are more than happy to usurp that constitutional power and to overstep their bounds.

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      Wee Mama, jamess

      ...were also in a situation where every potential enemy who wanted to attack American shores would have to endure a few weeks' travel on uncomfortable ships in order to get here.

      I'm not saying that Congress shouldn't reassert their power to declare war, but the whole "standing army" thing makes a bit more sense when that time frame has been shrunk from "a few weeks" to "a few hours." The founders of the country got a lot of things right, but let's at least acknowledge that they lived in a different world than we do now.

      "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

      by JamesGG on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 07:03:46 AM PST

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