Congress Does Not Want Its War Power: New at Reason

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on The Economic Crisis Report

A Senate vote shows that even Trump critics are happy to let the president use the military as he pleases.

YouTubeThe short-lived CBS series Brain Dead, now available on Netflix, is a science-fiction satire about an invasion of Washington, D.C., by extraterrestrial bugs that crawl into people’s ears and hijack their minds as part of a plot to conquer the world. But the most implausible aspect of the story is a dramatic Senate committee vote on whether to authorize military action in Syria.

In the real world, Jacob Sullum writes, no such vote is necessary, because the president does whatever he wants with the armed forces he controls while Congress abdicates its constitutional responsibility to decide when the country should go to war. Last week 61 senators showed they are happy with that situation by tabling an amendment that would have forced

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