Tuesday, January 28, 2014
John McCain's War Powers Act of 2014
H/t Constitutional Clayton and Mike Marnell
Dear Senator McCain:
Although I don't live in Arizona, I contributed $500 to your 2008 presidential campaign. I was surprised to hear you propose a revision to the War Powers Resolution, the War Powers Act of 2014.
Giving the authority to declare war to the executive branch is unconstitutional; it is also a mistake from a political standpoint. Presidents have been stupid about declaring unnecessary wars. Some examples are the the Vietnam War and the War in Iraq. The errors have been declaring too many wars, not declaring an insufficient number of wars.
American foreign policy since 1918, when the Council on Foreign Relations began, has been badly conducted. Quacks dominate foreign policy to an even greater degree than they dominate economics. Experts who might counsel a president to conduct a war are likely to be specialists in the arrogation of power; it is unlikely that they know more about foreign policy than the average American. Foreign affairs is a junk science, a field without findings, laws, general rules, or knowledge beyond the common sense accessible to anyone schooled in nations' cultures and political systems.
I oppose the War Powers Act, and I can no longer support you or a Republican Party that produces a scam like this.
Mitchell Langbert, Ph.D.