Archive for September, 2013

This is a really interesting read. I learned a little about history and laws regarding the president’s war powers. Go give it a look.

by Tom Woods via Tom Woods’s Liberty Classroom

There’s a lot of confusion, on right and left alike, regarding the president’s war powers under the Constitution. Here’s an overview of the most common claims on behalf of such powers, along with replies to these claims.

“The president has the power to initiate hostilities without consulting Congress.”

Ever since the Korean War, Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution – which refers to the president as the “Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States” – has been interpreted this way.

But what the framers actually meant by that clause was that once war has been declared, it was the President’s responsibility as commander-in-chief to direct the war. Alexander Hamilton spoke in such terms when he said that the president, although lacking the power to declare war, would have “the direction of war when authorized or begun.”…

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I just wanted to take a minute or two and express my opinions on the crisis we’re facing right now.  Do we strike Syria for using chemical weapons against their own people?  Or do we sit back and let whatever happens happen?

Because we are often seen as leaders of the free world, it is partly our responsibility to stand up for injustice around the globe.  If we fail to act when something like this occurs, our enemies will take that as weakness and our supporters may very well lose faith.

That said, can we really justify repeating what happened with Iraq and Afghanistan?  I know Obama has been quoted saying a strike on Syria would be nothing like those two conflicts, but how can anyone know that?  Once the dust settles after whatever “strike” we use, how do we know what their reaction will be?  How do we know this wont become like those?  We can’t predict how the Syrian government will respond to an attack on their soil.  Nor can we predict how the rebels will respond.

I am not advocating that we sit back and do nothing.  However, I’m not calling for a strike either.  I, just like most of the american public, don’t have all the information that our leaders in Washington have.  I am trusting that they will make the right decision, as silly as that sounds.  We elected them and they’re going to do what they think is best (based on whatever morals or motivation they have) even if we aren’t behind them 100%.

I’ve emailed my representatives and voiced my concerns about military intervention in Syria; that’s all I can do.  I want to see our military take action but only enough action to ensure that chemical weapons will not be used on innocent people again in the future.  I do not want our military getting actively involved in the Syrian civil war any more than they already have.  This is their fight and while we may have a vested interest in the outcome, so do other leading nations around the world.

In the next few weeks I’m sure more details about the planned action will come out.  Maybe then we will have more definitive evidence of what has happened and where our allies stand.  I just hope that everyone involved takes great care in their decision making.

I am all for protecting the lives of innocent people around the world, but its time we stop trying to decide who should be in charge of every country around the world.  Sure, I would love to see a world where every nation out there supports us and our actions, but that’s not a reality that will ever exist.  The more we meddle in middle eastern affairs, the more we put ourselves in harms way.

Remember, the politicians make the choices but its our soldiers who have to carry out the plans.  Everyone wants to tell their NFL team coaches what they think they should do, but how many of those armchair quarterbacks have been there?  How many have experienced what its like to play out the decisions that others have made for you, especially when its your life that they’re gambling with?

That’s how I feel.  Let me know what you think in the comments below.  Let me know if you agree, or call me a freedom hating commie if you want, it really doesn’t matter to me.  This is how I feel and I just felt I needed to get my opinion out there, as I feel every citizen should do.  Congress is supposed to represent the people and if they don’t hear our voices, how can they represent us? (This is in no way saying they do accurately represent what the people want – that’s an entirely different discussion that doesn’t belong here)