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  •  the AUMF was a declaration of war. (1+ / 0-)
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    Rich in PA

    the Hamdan case tells us that the war powers are activated by the AUMF.

    •  The declaration of war was legitimate, (2+ / 0-)
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      Joieau, snoopydawg

      done according to law, but immoral and cooked up by a bunch of liars.

      That the AUMF has not been rescinded is evidence that the Congress is full of blood-thirsty cowards, who haven't the courage to admit they were lied to.
      We like to assume guilt leads people to change their behavior. It doesn't.  More often than not it leads to a doubling of effort to prove there was no mistake to begin with.
      Some people invaded Iraq to prove that Viet Nam would have been a win, if the military had just stayed longer.
      In a sense, letting people believe Iraq was/is a win is a safer position from a global perspective. Iraq won't be an excuse for a do-over to get it right.
      Afghanistan never had the same alure as Iraq. "Eye - rack" sort of reminds one of seeing a "rack" and taking a shot--something that fellow Broun in Georgia would appreciate. An afghan, on the other hand, is something aged grandmothers crochet. We can do without that.

      We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 05:42:19 AM PST

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    •  Or a declaration that war is perpetual (1+ / 0-)
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      Most countries fear war, the US fears peace.  When was the last time an establishment Democrat uttered the word peace?

    •  AUMF is unconstitutional (0+ / 0-)

      I disagree with that aspect of the Hamdan ruling. An AUMF says, "Here, Mr. President, you decide whether and when to go to war." It's an unconstitutional abdication of legislative responsibility to the executive, just like the attempted line-item veto was in the 1990s.

      Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

      by Simplify on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 09:31:32 AM PST

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