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by baldilocks

The fol­low­ing text is the first part of the War Pow­ers Res­o­lu­tion of 1973. The last time that I reminded read­ers of its exis­tence was in 2011, when Pres­i­dent Obama decided, with­out con­gres­sional author­ity, to pull the rug out from under Muam­mar Qaddafi.

PUR­POSE AND POLICY

SEC. 2. (a) It is the pur­pose of this joint res­o­lu­tion to ful­fill the intent of the framers of the Con­sti­tu­tion of the United States and insure that the col­lec­tive judge­ment of both the Con­gress and the Pres­i­dent will apply to the intro­duc­tion of United States Armed Forces into hos­til­i­ties, or into sit­u­a­tions where immi­nent involve­ment in hos­til­i­ties is clearly indi­cate by the cir­cum­stances, and to the con­tin­ued use of such forces in hos­til­i­ties or in such situations.

(b) Under arti­cle I, sec­tion 8, of the Con­sti­tu­tion, it is specif­i­cally pro­vided that the Con­gress shall have the power to make all laws nec­es­sary and proper for car­ry­ing into exe­cu­tion, not only its own pow­ers but also all other pow­ers vested by the Con­sti­tu­tion in the Gov­ern­ment of the United States, or in any depart­ment or offi­cer thereof.

© The con­sti­tu­tional pow­ers of the Pres­i­dent as Commander-​in-​Chief to intro­duce United States Armed Forces into hos­til­i­ties, or into sit­u­a­tions where immi­nent involve­ment in hos­til­i­ties is clearly indi­cated by the cir­cum­stances, are exer­cised only pur­suant to (1) a dec­la­ra­tion of war, (2) spe­cific statu­tory autho­riza­tion, or (3) a national emer­gency cre­ated by attack upon the United States, its ter­ri­to­ries or pos­ses­sions, or its armed forces.

There are some who dis­pute the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of the Act, but I don’t think it mat­ters any­more. I don’t think that Pres­i­dent Obama ever got the approval of Con­gress for the incur­sion in Libya and I don’t think he will bother to get one for this war in Syria – which he is pur­su­ing with a coali­tion of ten nations. Inter­est­ing num­ber, that.

What I do expect: more unchecked tyranny by the per­son in the Oval Office.

Also, there’s this:

17 The bur­den of Dam­as­cus. Behold, Dam­as­cus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

2 The cities of Aroer are for­saken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

3 The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the king­dom from Dam­as­cus, and the rem­nant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the chil­dren of Israel, saith the Lord of hosts.

–Isa­iah 17:13

It’s fairly cer­tain that I’m not the only one who is a bit unnerved at watch­ing baldilocksbib­li­cal prophecy unfold before my eyes.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2009; the sec­ond edi­tion in 2012.

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by baldilocks

The following text is the first part of the War Powers Resolution of 1973. The last time that I reminded readers of its existence was in 2011, when President Obama decided, without congressional authority, to pull the rug out from under Muammar Qaddafi.

PURPOSE AND POLICY

SEC. 2. (a) It is the purpose of this joint resolution to fulfill the intent of the framers of the Constitution of the United States and insure that the collective judgement of both the Congress and the President will apply to the introduction of United States Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicate by the circumstances, and to the continued use of such forces in hostilities or in such situations.

(b) Under article I, section 8, of the Constitution, it is specifically provided that the Congress shall have the power to make all laws necessary and proper for carrying into execution, not only its own powers but also all other powers vested by the Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof.

(c) The constitutional powers of the President as Commander-in-Chief to introduce United States Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, are exercised only pursuant to (1) a declaration of war, (2) specific statutory authorization, or (3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.

There are some who dispute the constitutionality of the Act, but I don’t think it matters anymore. I don’t think that President Obama ever got the approval of Congress for the incursion in Libya and I don’t think he will bother to get one for this war in Syria–which he is pursuing with a coalition of ten nations. Interesting number, that.

What I do expect: more unchecked tyranny by the person in the Oval Office.

Also, there’s this:

17 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

2 The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

3 The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the Lord of hosts.

–Isaiah 17:1-3

It’s fairly certain that I’m not the only one who is a bit unnerved at watching baldilocksbiblical prophecy unfold before my eyes.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012.

Please contribute to Juliette’s Projects: Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep them going and the COFFEE to keep her going!

Or contribute to Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism—->>>>