Bipartisan Senators Seek to Strip Biden of War Powers

Mish

At long last we see action to kill war power authorizations used by three presidents.

Senators Go After Endless Wars

In a long overdue effort Bipartisan Senators Introduce Bill to Strip Biden of War Powers.

Sens. Tim Kaine and Todd Young on Wednesday introduced bipartisan legislation that would repeal decades-old authorizations for the use of military force in the Middle East, amid escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran in the region.

Kaine (D-Va.) and Young (R-Ind.) unveiled the measure as lawmakers have expressed frustration with President Joe Biden’s decision to launch airstrikes in Syria last week without first seeking congressional approval. It also comes just hours after an Iraqi military base housing U.S. troops and civilian contractors was hit by rocket attacks.

The bill would repeal the 1991 and 2002 authorizations that cleared the way for a prolonged military conflict in Iraq, culminating in calls from Democrats and Republicans alike to end the so-called “forever wars” in the region.

Senators from across the ideological spectrum signed onto the Kaine-Young bill as co-sponsors on Wednesday, including Sens. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

“Last week’s airstrikes in Syria show that the executive branch, regardless of party, will continue to stretch its war powers,” Kaine said. “Congress has a responsibility to not only vote to authorize new military action, but to repeal old authorizations that are no longer necessary.”

Biden angered congressional Democrats when he launched airstrikes against Iran-backed military installations in Syria, with lawmakers lamenting that the White House did not consult with Congress ahead of time and did not properly notify them about the strikes.

Congress has largely abdicated its constitutional authority to declare war, and presidents from both parties have used outdated authorizations to legally justify U.S. military action — including, and perhaps most notably, the 2001 authorization for the use of military force against al Qaeda and the Taliban, which was approved in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. The Kaine-Young bill, though, only deals with the 1991 and 2002 measures, which are entirely focused on Iraq.

No Longer Necessary?!

Not quite. Those bills were never necessary and never should have been passed at all, in any form.

Bush, Obama, and Trump all made terrible use of those bills. 

Congress and Congress alone should authorize war and be damn careful when it does. 

Warmongers on both sides, notably Hillary Clinton, agreed to fight a stupid second war with Iraq on what any reasonable person should have seen as a pack of lies by Bush and Cheney. 

We are still there needlessly and senselessly. 

Republicans would not strip Trump but some will be happy to strip Biden. Better late than never, but still not enough.

One Step Further

Congress should go one step further and set a timeline for all troops to return from everywhere starting with the Mideast and Cuba, preferably immediately.

Mish

Comments (33)
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Eddie_T
Eddie_T

The only bad part is that we will then have to depend on a very moribund and dysfunctional congress to do their job, which seems unlikely, somehow.

But I guess I support this. I agree that the executive has usurped the war power and abused it to no end. But I’m not sure this will change anything...but it’s a good sign

KidHorn
KidHorn

But, this will interfere with the democrats plan to make sure the people of Syria can never live a happy and peaceful life.

ohno
ohno

As if these presidents come in knowing everything about foreign countries, the wars, etc. The playbook keeps going regardless. If this passes it will create huge problems for the autonomous military as they use the president to make it look like it's his doing. Please. Biden has no freaking clue.

BillSanDiego
BillSanDiego

Yeah, good luck with that. Congress has been "making noise" for many years about presidents "acting without the authority of Congress," but they have never actually done anything about it and this time will be no different.

Scooot
Scooot

It would certainly remove any element of surprise.

Rather than going from one extreme to another perhaps it would be better to have a smaller group of congressmen that are involved in the decision making process and oversight?

Sechel
Sechel

Iran is testing Biden. This is what they do. Biden responded in a measured way. It's necessary for any serious Iran deal to be tough going in. This wasn't anything remote to Trump's taking out of an Iranian General which almost started a serious conflict

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

Tim Kaine sure looks like a man training for a heart attack.

Bungalow Bill
Bungalow Bill

March 4, coming up on noon. Biden is still POTUS? LOL

Mr. Purple
Mr. Purple

Would be nice, but then the next Republican president would be hamstrung, after all they were the warmongers of 1991 and 2003. So I don't see the party of nihilism doing any such thing.

Doug78
Doug78

We have been at war continually since 1939 and that is not going to stop anytime soon. We have a sort of empire and once acquired it it is dangerous to give it up just as Pericles said to the Athenian assembly during the Peloponnesian War. Running an empire requires military actions both open and covert and has to be coordinated with the diplomatic and economic sphere. The risk is in getting involved in military actions that suck up resources, solders and political capital with no corresponding benefit like what happened in the Sicilian Expedition and in Vietnam. In principle Congress should be the one to declare wars but wars are no longer declared. They just happen so that function of Congress has little meaning. Congress does control the purse strings and has ultimate control and responsibility. The problem is that Congress is really bad at running wars and even worse at keeping secrets but they can control the money and they have the power to use it already therefore I conclude that this is just grandstanding for the folks back home.

Jcbl
Jcbl

Long overdue and I hope it happens. Too bad it took a senile President to get some motion on this.

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

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Eddie_T
Eddie_T

10 Year bond spiking higher. The USD is a monster today too. Not sure if gold can hold for a close above 1700 or not....

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

I guess the NYMEX just closed above 1700....that’s a plus.

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

Lighting a candle to St. Jerome now. :)

Doug78
Doug78

Oil Eddie

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

I don’t trade oil. Never, ever, ever. lol. Thanks for trying to coach me, though. I’m sure you’re right.

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

My trade is shaping up better now. I’m gonna let it ride. We’ll see where gold is at the close tomorrow. If I’m right, the hard part will be deciding where to take profits.

Six000mileyear
Six000mileyear

The military industrial complex will veto any such bill.

Jackula
Jackula

Baby step in a positive direction. Reining in executive orders is badly needed as well.

PostCambrian
PostCambrian

I think that a better way to state the headline is that ".... strip the President of war powers ....". It isn't a Biden thing, it is a Congressional abdication of authority thing.

PostCambrian
PostCambrian

I think that a better way to state the headline is that ".... strip the President of war powers ....". It isn't a Biden thing, it is a Congressional abdication of authority thing.


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