|2007-09-26 19:56 (UTC)
OK, maybe I'm not understanding the relationship between the Executive and Legislative branches. The way I was taught it:
1) If Da Prez wants a war, he's required to come up with compelling reasons and present them to the Congress.
2) Congress decided whether the evidence justifies war, and if it does, declares war. They're not allowed to shift the decision back to the Executive.
3) Da Prez orders the Joint Chiefs into action, then stands back and lets the military prosecute the actual hostilities. He doesn't take personal charge of the operation, he just says "Go."
4) When Da Prez commits crimes against the Constitution and the Republic, Congress has the authority and responsibility to check him, up to and including impeachment and imprisonment.
Either I was hallucinating during my four years of high school, or there's something very very rotten in