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  •  Small correction, LK, it is John Duncan (TN), not (3+ / 0-)
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    hoplite9, greenearth, Autarkh

    Duncan Hunter (CA).

    Even so it is very good that it is getting support from both sides.  As Autarhk said in another diary, the black-letter loophole is that HJR14 states:

    (b) Requirements- Absent a national emergency created by attack by Iran, or a demonstrably imminent attack by Iran, upon the United States, its territories or possessions or its armed forces,

    (My emphasis.)

    Perhaps there are other contextual considerations that mitigate that loophole, like intent of the Congress or similar.  I don't know (others here may).  It has been referred to committee where, hopefully, it will get some clarification language on the language, and more co-sponsors.  (The committee web site is under construction, so I can't get a list of members to handicap this.)

    Someone else pointed out in that same diary discussion that the invasion of Cambodia by Nixon in direct contradiction to the will of Congress was the tipping point for the coalescing of the impeachment process against Nixon.

    I totally agree with you that Pelosi should move on this quickly.  It delineates (binding) the terms of the unitary executive discussion, clarifies/limits the AUMF, and provides a near-term/current (re: simple enough so the MSM can understand and cover, well cover anyway) legal construct for a fight to rein in executive power and perhaps give support to an impeachment, should Bush go ahead anyway.

    Given Bush, Cheney's, and Hadley's statements on the various news programs this weekend of, to paraphrase, "Congress can certainly try, but we will do...",  it is a necessity that this be done sooner, rather than later.

    It's full of stars...

    by Terra Mystica on Wed Jan 17, 2007 at 09:30:37 PM PST

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