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Dutch Wrote: I'm getting a bit sick of the "wording" game played in Washington; Kerry says no this no war but just a "chase' after terrorists like in Somalia and Yemen. The White House says it is a war, So who is right?
The news makes a big deal out of that; crazy!! Regardless of what it is it will cost us billions which we don't have. But let the fun start.
In my point of view it is another aggression on another sovereign country (Syria) by the US; I call that "war" ; war equipment is used; people will die etc. In the meantime ISIS is growing rapidly with more and more members. Guess what I predicted this many years ago; the more the US meddles in this world with money bribery and weapons sales to corrupt countries the more the lower classes in these countries will hate us. The more "drones" we throw at them the more recruits will join them. Sorry our government still does not understand that picture. I saw only one person on CNN who did understand that, but was turned away quickly because a "retired" general knew it much better. I'll just sit back and watch this disaster unfold; I wish this country lots of luck if it continues with these policies.
I agree with much of what you say Dutch, but the problem is that our constitution is very specific when it comes to the word 'war.'
Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution reads that the Congress has the power "To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water." These aren't just words on a piece of paper, but are the rules that are supposed to govern us.
Don't think that I'm trying to disagree with you here though. I would love to have a discussion about the Patriot Act
and, more importantly, the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists
. Our Congress willfully and deliberately abrogated their duties and gave the Executive the legal ability to have unchecked powers when it comes to waging wars as long as the Executive is doing it in the name of 'fighting terrorism.' It's time that we fight back against this and demand our Legislative Branch actually do the job they are Constitutionally mandated to do.