November 2, 2008

An execrable, Orwellian fetish

Glenn Greenwald reminds us that the U.S. President is Commander in Chief of the national military and State militias, not of civilians, and even then only "when called into actual Service" by the Congress.

In fact the President is himself a civilian.

For all the popular talk of "wars" in Iraq, Afghanistan, and now, apparently, in Iran, there has been no such formal declaration of war, which only Congress is empowered by the people to make.

Once again, so much for the "strict constructionists."

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