Sunday, February 11, 2007

How to prevent a war with Iran

On Daily Kos, Big Tent Democrat has a recommended diary emphasizing that the best way to prevent a war with Iran is to stop the war with Iraq. As his links reveal, he is of the opinion that the Democrats don't have the votes to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq, but that they do have the ability to cut off funding. He may be right about that. But there's an easier way to prevent a war with Iran...

As Big Tent points out, some Dems are now absurdly promoting a resolution stating opposition to any potential war with Iran; but if such a resolution failed (as it might), that would give the imprimatur of Congressional support to such a war; and the Dems don't even need to attempt such a resolution, anyway. You see, there's this little thing called the U.S. Constitution. Article I, Section 8 gives Congress sole authority to declare war. So, Congress doesn't need to declare themselves opposed to a potential war they have sole authority to authorize! They need merely assert their Constitutional authority!

So, how can the Dems prevent a war with Iran? Simple. Have John Conyers, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, publicly declare that if Bush starts a war- any war- without having first been granted Constitutional authority, Impeachment proceedings will begin forthwith.

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