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    •  Won't matter (6+ / 0-)

      The interpretation Bush is going with, courtesy of Cheney factotum John Yoo, is that the AUMF merely recognized the Executive's inherent right to wage war as granted by the Constition in Cheney's alternate reality. If Congress repeals the AUMF they will merely have ceased to recognize this intrinsic authority.

      On second thought, it will matter to the extent that it forces the "unitary executive" waaaaaaay out on a limb, acting in absolute, open defiance of the will of the Congress. That could justify removal from office of both Bush and Cheney, which is really the only way to stop this train.

      The UCC: To believe is to care. To care is to do.

      by oldjohnbrown on Wed Jan 17, 2007 at 11:16:42 AM PST

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      •  the Democrats who said (3+ / 0-)

        that using "the power of the purse" to force withdrawal is a bad idea... were wrong.

        Looking for intelligent energy policy alternatives? Try here.

        by alizard on Wed Jan 17, 2007 at 01:31:01 PM PST

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        •  In her press conference today, Hiliary said (2+ / 0-)
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          Congress should put a cap on troop levels in Iraq, as they were on January l, and that if the Prezidiot wanted to send more, he would have to come to the Congress for authorization.

          She also said bush's "surge" plan would not work, and called for a diplomatic engagement of ALL the countries in the region, including Iran and Syria.

          And she advocated sending more troops to Afghanistan, instead of removing some of them, to send to Iraq.

          No doubt all of this rhetoric is calculated to distance Hiliary from her prior support of the Iraq war, but it's a move in the right (left) direction, whatever the reason.

          If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there.~~Lewis Carroll

          by Molly Martinez on Wed Jan 17, 2007 at 01:49:51 PM PST

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      •  "New Paradigm" - All Powerful Executive (3+ / 0-)

        From WaPo a few days back.  Perfect analysis:

        Last spring, the New Yorker's Jane Mayer profiled David Addington, Cheney's chief of staff and legal adviser. Addington's worldview in brief: a single-minded devotion to something called the New Paradigm, a constitutional theory of virtually limitless executive power, wherein "the President, as Commander-in-Chief, has the authority to disregard virtually all previously known legal boundaries, if national security demands it," Mayer describes.

        Bush administration insiders told Mayer that Addington and Cheney had been "laying the groundwork" for a vast expansion of presidential power long before 9/11. And in 2002, the vice president told ABC News that the presidency was "weaker today as an institution because of the unwise compromises that have been made over the last 30 to 35 years." Rebuilding that presidency has been their goal for decades.

        READ "THE IMPERIAL PRESIDENCY," HERE.

        Laying the groundwork really began with the "Project for a New American Century," (PNAC), a foreign policy theory created by Repubs in exile under Clinton. CHECK IT OUT.  

        So all of these seemingly wild and erratic moves by the Pres of late have the same long-standing goal:  vest all power in the Executive branch under Article II to the Constitution.  That's why we have "war" on terror, "war" on Iraq, global "war" on terrorism.  When at war, the Pres is omnipotent.

        Very dangerous.  These people are very, very  dangerous.  No fooling

        "Lawyers, I suppose, were children once." To Kill A Mockingbird

        by DC Scott on Wed Jan 17, 2007 at 01:43:11 PM PST

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