The Senate giveth and the Senate taketh away. It's in the Constitution.
Four years ago, Congress passed legislation authorizing President Bush' to go to war in Iraq. Now Senate Democrats want to take it back.
Key lawmakers, backed by party leaders, are drafting legislation that would effectively revoke the broad authority granted to the president in the days Saddam Hussein was in power, and leave U.S. troops with a limited mission as they prepare to withdraw.
Here's the text of the AUMF of 2002.
There's one part that's stuck in my head for the last, oh three years or so. Section 3(b)(2). It says that the President "shall...make available to the [congressional leadership] his determination that":
acting pursuant to this joint resolution is consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to take the necessary actions against international terrorist and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.Now I'm no lawyer, but it looks like dubya has had to show how his actions are "consistent" with the so-called "war on terror" But since we now know that Iraq never had anything to do with 9/11, and now that the Iraqi regime is gone, shouldn't that mean an end to dubya's authority to send more troops into a civil war (even if that civil war was triggered by his own ineptness)?
I'm just asking...