As Chancellor Palpatine once said: "It's treason then."
Walter B. Jones, the Congressman from North Carolina who gave us the term "Freedom Fries" has introduced new legislation in the House which would require Bush to get Congressional authorization for any attack on Iran:
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Now members of Congress have launched their own pre-emptive strike on the Administration, introducing legislation requiring the President to gain Congressional approval for any attack on Iran. The effort is spearheaded by Rep. Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican who's emerged as a leading critic of the war in Iraq and a harsh opponent of confrontation with Iran. Jones has assembled a diverse coalition of lawmakers, ranging from conservative Republicans to liberal Democrats, who believe it's time to teach the Administration a lesson in government 101.
"Our constitution states that--while the Commander in Chief has the power to conduct wars--only Congress has the power to authorize war," Jones said at a press conference today. "It's time for Congress to meet its Constitutional responsibility...This legislation makes it crystal clear that no previous resolution passed by Congress authorizes such a use of force [against Iran]."
Such a basic expression of the separation of powers should be obvious. But with the Bush Administration, one never knows. So H.J. Res 14 spells it out. "This resolution says a strong message that Congress won't stand idly by and it won't get railroaded into another war that will only make America and the world less safe," said Rep. Marty Meehan. "A lot of people in Congress are fearful that this war will expand," added Rep. Ron Paul. Containing an expansion of the war, said Rep. Neil Abercrombie, is "the most important issue this Congress will face aside from Iraq."
My, how times have changed since certain people were calling for a boycott of all things French. What a blow that must have been. I hear from a reputable source that there was much gnashing of teeth and wailing in the streets of Paris, misery the likes of which has rarely been seen before. And all that because France wouldn't vote for a UN resolution giving our Dear Leader the UN Security Council's blessing to bomb, mutilate and generally destroy Iraq in the name of freedom. The gall of some people.
So, Mr. O'Reilly, now that it's Iran that Congressman Jones want to keep President Bush from liberating, I have only one question for you. When do you plan to call for a boycott of the treasonous State of North Carolina?
We'll be waiting ....