So Why Do We Have A Congress?
by James Glaser
March 31, 2011
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It has been said that Congress is supposed to decide if we go to war or not, but the last time Congress did that was over 60 years ago when they declared the war that got us into World War II. Since that time, Congress has let President after President pretty much do what he wanted. Those undeclared wars have cost us about 100,000 American troops killed, hundreds of thousands wounded, and trillions of dollars.

Now, President Obama has decided to put us into another war, this time in Libya. Here is the latest news about that. From Huffington Post:

Today 8:17 PM White House Will Reportedly Forge Ahead In Libya Regardless Of Congressional Constraints

The White House would forge ahead with military action in Libya even if Congress passed a resolution constraining the mission, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said during a classified briefing to House members Wednesday afternoon.

Clinton was responding to a question from Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) about the administration's response to any effort by Congress to exercise its war powers, according to a senior Republican lawmaker who attended the briefing.

As you can see from this exchange between our Secretary of State and a member of Congress, it no longer matters what Congress wants. The Executive Branch of our government controls our foreign policy, and it does not care what Congress thinks. Evidently, it does not care what we the people think.

So I have to ask, why do we even have a Congress?

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