Originally Posted by dorfman24
Well, suffice it to say you and I have an honest disagreement. I am not making "a little NeoCon attempt" to do anything, thank you very much. I believe that when Congress authorizes a war it has the responsibility to fund it. If Congress has changed its mind due to the election in 2006 it should de-authorize the war and provide funds to bring the troops home.
It should NOT, IMHO, order generals and the executive branch around with arbitrary timelines and meaningless benchmarks.
Actually we have been down this road already. The authorization granted should have been declared void when the Duelfer Report concluded the WMD rationale was false, and the earlier determinations that there were no Al-Qaeda connections with Saddam, and none of the 9-11 perpetrators or planners or enablers were from or holed up in Iraq, all came in. I overstepped the wording in the actual Congressional Resolution authorizing Bush to send troops to Iraq, and Bot poked me for it, when I said the resolution specifically prohibited the present "save the Iraqi's from Saddam" and "bring the Iraqis democracy" reasons. The fact is, the Resolution was quite specific about what it was authorizing and why, and those reasons were not included. By reference in the list of "whereas's" preceding the actual Resolution, a prior resolution, still fully in effect as it has not been rescinded, is cited wherein the mission of using US troops in Iraq for the purpose of regime change and nation building is expressly and explicitly prohibited. So, technically the present quagmire is not authorized by Congress and the Executive in charge should be called on the carpet to defend it, and then the mission should be either authorized by Congress or not.
So, given the choices, a Constitutional confrontation over the executive branch's continuing grab for additional authority and power, after its agents have grossly misused the power grabbed to date while under executive branch only oversight, and the Congress exercising its muscle granted by the Constitution to reign in this executive and force the administration to be accontable for their decisions that are costing American lives, our international reputation for living up to ideals we originally brought to the world, the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, and nearly half a trillion dollars and counting. All, apparently, to execute an agenda that was never debated and specifically approved by Congress. I think the American people will be able to tell who is acting in their best interests this time. Jim