Bush’s desired war with Iraq violates the Constitution and angers the world | SummitDaily.com

Bush’s desired war with Iraq violates the Constitution and angers the world

Congratulations to letter-writer Colina Aragon for a fine letter listing all the travesties, both international and domestic of the Bush administration.

Of course, the worst one is the proposed presidential war on Iraq. Article One, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution says that Congress shall have the power to declare war.

In October 2002, Congress relinquished this power. It seems not to matter to Bush if the whole world is against him. He called the massive U.S. protests “focus groups” and said he could not make policy based on their thoughts.

I, too, believe that most people are against the war with Iraq, but at this time there seems little we can do to stop it. But we can keep trying. All of the other programs, contrary to the Constitution cited by Ms. Aragon, are related to the Bill of Rights or the first 10 amendments.

Many so-called democracies in western history have produced dictators who pursued war for not very valid reasons. Perhaps Athens is the most famous. And, of course, the most famous early imperial power was Rome, which lasted 500 years. Will we last that long?

Keep protesting and keep writing letters. Don’t wait for the body bags to arrive at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

“The people of the world want peace. Governments had better get out of their way,” said former President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Has President Bush ever heard that remark?

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