You’ll need a Times login to read this, but I can’t recommend it enough. Senator Byrd (D – West Virginia) is one of the few voices in the wilderness daring to stand up to the President and his band of Chickenhawks; he seems to be one of the few who gets it when it comes to this Congressional resolution and its implications.
If there is but one article you read this week, I strongly suggest you read this one.
We are at the gravest of moments. Members of Congress must not simply walk away from their Constitutional responsibilities. We are the directly elected representatives of the American people, and the American people expect us to carry out our duty, not simply hand it off to this or any other president. To do so would be to fail the people we represent and to fall woefully short of our sworn oath to support and defend the Constitution.
We may not always be able to avoid war, particularly if it is thrust upon us, but Congress must not attempt to give away the authority to determine when war is to be declared. We must not allow any president to unleash the dogs of war at his own discretion and for an unlimited period of time.
Yet that is what we are being asked to do. The judgment of history will not be kind to us if we take this step.