One Hundred Monkeys in Texas

July 9, 2008

The circle is complete (well, not exactly)

Filed under: Government — alancochrum @ 8:30 am

Anne Flaherty of The Associated Press reports this week: “The next time the president goes to war, Congress should be consulted and vote on whether it agrees, according to a bipartisan study group chaired by former Secretaries of State James Baker III and Warren Christopher.”

According to the report, the group proposed legislation that would require the president to tell Congress about plans for “significant armed conflict” or non-covert operations lasting more than a few days. Congress would act within about a month, OK’ing the action or not.

This sounds rather familiar. What was it that those dead white guys wrote …? U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8: “The Congress shall have power … To declare War.”

As the poet T.S. Eliot said in “Four Quartets”:

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time

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