Wednesday, February 06, 2008

War Powers Act

The War Powers Act is definitely broken. Once the authorization to use force is given, the President can pretty much do what he wants for as long as he wants. Unless the opposition party can gather both its strength and its political capital to the fight, this state of affairs can continue indefinitely--which is precisely what the war powers act was designed to avoid.

Perhaps by forcing the issue it can be made useful again. What if Congress were required to re-authorize the use of force within 90 days of a Congressional election? Congress is supposed to reflect the will of the people, and it seems that in no case is this more needed than the conduct war.

2 Comments:

Blogger Philosopher Poet said...

However since after a short time all wars decline in popularity wouldn't that negate the ability to ever really finish any war? We'd start a war and then the American public would tire of it, then pull out until we declared another 90 day war and so on.

1:06 AM  
Blogger Octavo Dia said...

The decline of the "popularity" of wars is inevitable, since it takes a high level of motivation to enter into war--and there will always be costs associated with war.

However, to decline significantly enough to pull out is another thing entirely. Popular opinion on the current war has been low enough that it would lose a referendum any day of the week, yet it is still not enough for Congress to make an issue of it.

8:21 PM  

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