LETTERS FROM READERS
Ihave always believed the Constitution is an excellent document, although it does have some flaws.
The vast majority of people, when asked, state that they strongly support the Constitution. I think there are two reasons for that. One is that most Americans have never read the document, and two, when many issues are dealt with, the Constitution becomes quite vague and general.
One of the key duties of the legislative branch, however, is clearly spelled out by the founding fathers. In Article 1, Section 8, it declares that only Congress “shall have the power to declare war.” During the 19th and early 20th centuries, presidents went to Congress and asked for a declaration of war. There has always been opposition to every war the U.S. has been in, but Congress has always voted for war and came up with the money to pay for it. But things have certainly changed.
The last time the president followed the Constitution and asked Congress to declare war was in December 1941, when FDR got Congress to declare war on Japan and Germany. Since then, both political parties have sat back, for various reasons, and permitted presidents to decide when and where to go to war. Democrats looked the other way when Lyndon Johnson went to war in Vietnam and Republicans did the same when George
W. Bush opted to go to war against Iraq.
It now appears that Congress, mostly Democrats, are interested in reigning in war hungry presidents and to demand they come to Congress to discuss using military force and going to war. Donald Trump will certainly block these efforts. Maybe we need another long, miserable, unpopular war, to change things.
Ralph S. Brax Lancaster
Go to Iran
Guy Marsh, how can you say Iran’s terrorism against the U.S. is justified?
Why do you always take the side of America’s enemies? And no matter what happened before Iran had no right to take our embassy over and hold Americans hostage for over a year.
Maybe you should find some of those hostages and tell them they were justified to be held hostage.
I really think you are unAmerican and you hate this country, so you should go live in Iran where you would be a lot happier. David Cooper
Not this time
There seems to be some ire over the fact that President Trump did not brief the Congress before he took our Iran’s most dangerous general with a drone, after getting a tip that he was headed toward the Iraqi International Airport.
In the past, when our president at the time, Ronald Reagan, received the message that the Libyan leader had declared war on the USA, he decided to take him out before he could attack our military overseas, before he went after Muammar Gaddafi. He followed protocol, notifying Congress. He even went to England to inform Margaret Thatcher of the eminent attack, from military bases in England. He made a mistake in telling Congress. By the time we flew over and bombed his compound, we later found that some bleeding heart in our Congress had called Muammar to warn him and on the morning when we launched the attack, he had boarded a helicopter, leaving his wife and child behind and fled the country.
We carried out the bombing, but did not get him, only compound and unfortunately, his wife and child that were left behind.
Does that give every one the past, so as to the reason President Donald Trump did not inform Congress for OK to take this guy out.
He would have been gone before Congress even took a vote to give their OK.
In truth, the president is the only one known as the commander in chief. Not anyone in Congress, in any stretch of the imagination.
As a former president said, the buck stops here. I might add, not at Congress’s feet.
Having pend eight years in the USAF, I can very decisions are many times spurt of the moment.
Many presidents have made momentary decision to which we regret. Not this time.
Robert Teller Lancaster