Time For Congress To Stand Up

For a decade I have been harping on the cowardliness of the Congress for allowing wars to be fought without any authorization except that the president wants it.

Since 2003 I have been calling the Congress spineless, cowardly, do-nothing, etc because they neglect their duty …..the duty to declare war.

I will say that there are a few in Congress that are trying to do the right thing….among those is Rep. Tulsi Gabbard,…..these responsible Americans are demanding that the Congress stand up and do the right thing…..

Anyone who has served in the U.S. armed forces is familiar with completing an Operations Order (OPORD). Spelling out the situation, mission, execution, sustainment, and command and control enables our Army to “fight and win our Nation’s wars.” For our troops in harm’s way in Syria right now, the mission has not been spelled out and Congress, by ignoring its responsibilities to authorize and exercise oversight over the use of military force, is responsible. History has shown us that when Congress neglects its duty, our troops are at an avoidable strategic disadvantage.

For a prime example of this dynamic, we need look no further than the Vietnam War. In the jungles of Southeast Asia, the United States gradually built up its activities with no clear direction from Congress. The result of this legislative negligence was a bloody, deadly, and tragic waste of resources. One does not have to look hard to see the parallel in Syria. Over the years, a steady trickle of troops were committed as the United States sought to train “moderate rebels.” Where does this path lead?

In the wake of the failures of Vietnam, Congress attempted to reassert its authority over war-making with the 1973 War Powers Resolution. Seeking to prevent further failures in Syria, Congress likewise needs to reclaim its war powers through a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). The time for this is now.

Source: Congress Needs to Stand Up and Reclaim its Authorities on Making War

If you agree then let your voice be heard to your representatives in DC….call, write, text, email whatever it takes for the cowards to get the message.

Just DO IT!


19 thoughts on “Time For Congress To Stand Up

  1. I already have my Rep and Senators on speed-dial, in my email, and following on Twitter. I’m quick to let them know I’m not in favor of their spineless non-activity basically subjugated to voting their party line no matter what the bill. At least the Rep I have is still relatively young and has actually called me back on two occasions; quick calls, but still, he took the time to call me personally. That’s re-election points in my book 🙂 The Senators on the other hand, cowards that use robo-letters to answer everything they receive. What a waste of salary on those two.

    1. I have the same problem with my 2 senators…..one has been in the Senate for so long they will name a building after him and the other is a worthless lump of crap…..I am glad to see another fellow blogger that is not afraid to let those in DC know what they think…keep up the good work….chuq

      1. It doesn’t take a lot of time to sit down and speak your mind. It’s their job to read what you send them and if they don’t do a good job, I’ll vote for the other guy. Oh yeah, it helps when you are a member of a local political action group that has thousands of members to help underscore the threat of not voting for them 😉

  2. Training rebels has proved to be a flawed policy in the past. Those trained rebels generally turn against the US later, and suddenly become know as ‘terrorists’. They never learn…
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. wow–we were both wondering the same thing yesterday. That was part of my question post about how much power congress has given away to the presidency. The war powers is the most obvious one…sad, really.

  4. Could not agree more. I have been keeping the email hot from here to Marco Rubio (you do remember little Marco?) of course I am getting the “thank you so much for contacting …blah!) but i keep trying to make a statement to these good for nothing but cover up GOP senators.

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