So, who needs permisson for what? What should a woman have to do to have an abortion? Should the President live in South Dakota or Kansas and have to follow those rules to declare war. I think the President should notify Congress (which he hasn’t). As Congressman Mike Capuano explained
Article I, section 8 of the Constitution, and the War Powers Act of 1973, states that unless a crisis threatening our security requires immediate action, only Congress may authorize the use of force. I firmly believe that the Constitution entrusts Congress – not the President acting alone – to decide when to put U.S. troops in harm’s way. The President has not yet fulfilled his obligation to seek Congress’ approval to continue military operations in Libya.This decision was not easy, but I feel very strongly about this matter and I don’t expect that the Administration will decide to seek Congressional approval at this point. I also want to make it very clear that my concerns go beyond one President and one war. In fact, I am more concerned about future Presidents who may wish to bring this country to war based on insufficient facts. There is no more important matter than war and peace, and the Constitution is very clear on this matter. I appeared on CNN earlier week to talk about the lawsuit; you may watch the interview here: http://inthearena.blogs.cnn.com/2011/06/15/capuano-u-s-action-in-libya-illegal/.
But I’m not sure that Mike was envisioning this! Maybe it is time to rethink the War Powers Act to meet the current day defition of war. Maybe it should include actions taken as part of a NATO or UN mandate. Maybe it should include actions with no “boots on the ground.” War has changed since the 1970’s. Let’s think about this.