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Congressional Abdication
National Interest Magazine, by Jim Webb

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Posted By:MDMuskrat, 3/4/2013 10:14:36 AM

IN MATTERS of foreign policy, Congress, and especially the Senate, was designed as a hedge against the abuses exhibited by overeager European monarchs who for centuries had whimsically entangled their countries in misguided adventures. America would not be such a place. The Constitution would protect our governmental process from the overreach of a single executive who might otherwise succumb to the impulsive temptation to unilaterally risk our country’s blood, treasure and international prestige. Congress was given the power to declare war and appropriate funds, thus eliminating any resemblance to European-style monarchies when it came to the presidential war power.

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A long, but objective, non-partisan description of how Congress has enabled our current dictator. Mandatory reading for foreign policy wonks; important reading for those who would understand the slow death of our Constitution.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: fishbone, 3/4/2013 10:25:52 AM     (No. 9207335)

Foreign policy is not the only area where Congress has abdicated their responsibility. Think "EPA" or any of the other myriad agencies that have been created. Of course their main reason to abdicate this responsibility is to also absolve themselves of the blame for any (and all) directives (with the power of law) which may encur the wrath of the electorate. All those agencies are just a big fat CYA for politicians.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: rarebear, 3/4/2013 11:10:09 AM     (No. 9207447)

A thoughtfull and cogent analysis of how and why our nationn´s management of foreign policy slipped off the rails and how the almost seamless usurpation of those constitutional powers was taken up by the Executive branch. Not something for "low infomation voters", but for L-Dotters it is a Must Read.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Foulbill, 3/4/2013 11:37:27 AM     (No. 9207540)

Once he decided to trade in his (R) for a (D), Webb went right along with his fellow Ds. I´m sure he didn´t just now arrive at this thoughtful analysis. So I ask, "Where were you Jim Webb when Lindsay Graham and his pals were standing firmly behind Obama on Libya? Why didn´t we see you on the Sunday shows, or even pick up a CNN microphone and speak your mind? Why did you not ever speak any of this analysis while you were in office?"


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Reply 4 - Posted by: Felixcat, 3/4/2013 11:40:07 AM     (No. 9207549)

Thank You! Good riddance to this former senator of my state that I did not vote for.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 3/4/2013 2:28:32 PM     (No. 9207936)

As always, it is vitally important to kill the messenger...and to applaud that kill because the messenger is not from "my" party. Well done, chaps!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mickeymat, 3/4/2013 2:45:47 PM     (No. 9207983)

Jim Webb is a two faced illogical jerk who voted with Obama most of the time including the Unaffordable Care Act. He is among the most disappointing elected officials and is quite possibly not right in the head.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 3/5/2013 1:18:20 AM     (No. 9208706)

Carter, McCain, Webb, Sestak - has the U.S. Naval Academy EVER produced a dependable elected official?

(And then there was Ross Perot...)

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