Imagine the bumbling idiot of a president being able to determine whether we go to war or not. Joe Biden can barely remember where he is or who he is on most days.
So, the GOP is working behind the scenes to strip the president of his war powers.
U.S. Senators are working to repeal the 1991 and 2002 authorizations for using military force in the Middle East.
What’s phenomenal about this legislation is that, while it’s being led by the GOP, it has bipartisan support. Todd Young, a Republican in Indiana is taking the lead. Tim Kaine, a Democrat in Virginia is also leading the legislation on his party’s side.
The reason that the bipartisan support is so strong is because of Biden’s recent response to the airstrikes in eastern Syria. They were launched without any kind of congressional approval. Biden simply took it upon himself to make the order.
The strike was a result of an Iraqi military base being shelled – a base that houses U.S. troops. One civilian contractor was dead and nine were wounded, including a U.S. service member.
Kaine, one of the voices for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, explained that the executive branch, regardless of its party affiliation, will stretch its war powers. He believes that Congress has a “responsibility to not only vote to authorize new military action, but to repeal old authorizations that are no longer necessary.”
Young backed that up by stating that Congress has failed in providing a “constitutionally-mandated oversight role.”
There are various co-sponsors of the bill, including Democrats Chris Coons and Tammy Duckworth and Republicans Mike Lee and Chuck Grassley.
At the very least, Biden’s administration should have briefed Congress on the airstrike. Since he did not, Congress is choosing to take their own action.
This is one of the common themes of Biden’s administration. He continues to use executive orders to get things done as opposed to taking things to Congress. He’s making important decisions without allowing Congress to have a say – and this is a dangerous way of running a democracy.
Kaine has said that the American people deserve to hear Biden’s rationale for the strikes and the legal justification for not turning to Congress for approval. So far, Biden hasn’t provided his rationale – and that, too, is alarming. Kaine goes on to say that unless there are extraordinary circumstances, it is not constitutional for the president to abuse his war powers of “offensive military action” without congressional approval.
There were reasons why war powers were granted to presidents in the past. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush established war powers that made it possible to take action without Congressional approval for operations in the Persian Gulf. Again, war powers were granted in 2001 to provide George W. Bush the power to act based on the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
Since then, neither Obama nor Trump have needed to act on the war powers.
Yet, Biden is in office for less than a year and he has already chosen to use those war powers and without even notifying Congress of the airstrike before approving it. This shows a complete disregard for the balance of power that is supposed to be in place within the United States.
So, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee absolutely has a duty that they must perform. With bipartisan support, they must rip the war powers away from Joe Biden. Not only is it their duty to make updates to legislation but also to protect the nation.
Biden has proven that he cannot be trusted with this power. So, should he feel the need to order airstrikes again, he will need to take it to Congress so that a vote can be taken.
Without taking the war powers away, it’s only a matter of time before Biden, with his failing mental capacities, decides to shove us haphazardly into war.