War costs us money. Tons and tons of it. Shouldn’t we be a little more careful about the wars we start?
Constitutionally, only congress can declare war. Specifically:
To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;
To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;
To provide and maintain a Navy;
To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;
To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
Once war is declared. the president, as commander in chief, commands the troops. It is wrong for the president to start a war, period.
Congress has declared war 5 times. They have not since WWII. Yet we find ourselves in wars repeatedly. We get into them because the president puts troops in harms way, then acts like congress isn’t patriotic if they don’t authorize and fund the war. In this way, the president is claiming authority only granted to congress, and congress puts up with it. This needs to stop. If it’s important enough to get into an actual war over, then congress needs to declare a war. No other form of war authorization is constitutional. The WAR Powers resolution of 1973 is clearly unconstitutional. Allowing the president to wage war for 2 months without specific congressional authorization? Only congress could think that is right!