An editorial dated March 15, 2007, in The Nation, calls on Congress to use its legal powers to “end the war in Iraq quickly, efficiently and honorably.” The article begins:
“War is over, if you want it,” declared John Lennon in the thick of the Vietnam nightmare. To the extent that Lennon’s “you” referred to the US Congress, he was right, then and now. The House and Senate have the authority to end the war in Iraq quickly, efficiently and honorably. Claims to the contrary by George W. Bush and his apologists are at odds with every intention of the authors of the Constitution. Which part of “Congress shall have the power to declare war… to make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces…to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers” does the White House fail to understand?
Instead of wasting everyone’s time hashing over all these non-binding resolutions, why doesn’t Congress use the powers granted the Legislative Branch by our Constitution?