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TechBear_Seattle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-04-07 04:19 PM
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1. They could try invoking the War Powers Act
Congress has not issued a Declaration of War since Korea; * certainly did not have one for the invasions of either Afghanistan or Iraq. The War Powers Act of 1973 requires that the President remove U.S. armed forces from hostilities if Congress has not declared war or passed a resolution authorizing the use of force within 60 days of the beginning of hostilities. Problem is it has never before been invoked so there is question as to its legality, and the Act makes no mention of what can be done to punish a President that defies it. Another question is whether or not Congress could invoke it after ignoring the law for so many years.

The only other thing I can think of would be to reallocate funds away from Iraq to other federal projects. That would be political suicide, as it would be widely hailed as "See how the Democrats hate the troops! They are taking away money to feed them, get them armor, etc., etc."

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