Congress has the authority under the Constitution to declare war, the last time it did that was WWII

Never say never again

Fairfield Weekly
by Phil Maymin

05/10/07

On the 50th anniversary of V.E. Day, Sen. Chris Dodd gave a speech filled with sentences starting with ‘never again,’ an indirect acknowledgment of the lesson-myth: ‘Never again will we face such darkness …’ The danger of the third myth is repeating our mistakes; it may be the most troubling because it precludes progress. If we truly ‘never again’ wanted to ask the forces of freedom to lay down their lives in the name of peace and order, why, then, have we spent over one-third of the time since V.E. Day either in Vietnam or Iraq? That’s before accounting for a war in Korea that started in 1950 and never really ended, or any of the dozens of other wars we’ve waged. The only thing that changed after V.E. Day is we never again declared war on anybody. Congress has the authority under the Constitution to declare war, and the last time it did that was WWII. Not a single war since then has been fought with Constitutional authorization, including the current one being fought in Iraq...

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