Killing the War Powers Act

by Rich Lowry

I praise President Obama today for killing off the War Powers Act. President Clinton did a pretty good number on it during the Kosovo War, but this may be the coup de grace:

Somewhere, Richard Nixon is smiling. In 1973, he vetoed the War Powers Act, insisting that it was unconstitutional. Congress overrode him, but almost every one of Nixon’s successors has agreed with his assessment of the resolution. 

It took Pres. Barack Obama, though, to rip the War Powers Act into little pieces and sprinkle it over his Libyan intervention like the confetti in a premature victory parade.



Commenter MarkW corrects me:

It’s not dead, it’s just resting until the next time a Republican is in the White House.

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