Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution states that, among other things, "Congress shall have power to...declare war." They haven't done a very good job of that lately. Instead they listened to President Bush's Dog and Pony Show and said, ooh, here, you make that decision. That's too scary for us to decide.
And we got Iraq. Yet when Iraq is not even nearly mopped up, rumors abound of an impending attack on Iran. Because of recent counter-Constitutional events, everyone is looking to President Bush to determine if he'll make that decision. How stupid are we? Brit Hume of Fox News is that stupid. He recently was flummoxed when asking a question of Ron Paul during a Republican presidential debate.
During the [September 5th] debate, moderator Brit Hume presented Congressman Ron Paul with a scenario that the next president may face regarding Iran. As described by Hume: “Its [Iran’s] nuclear program has continued to advance. UN weapons inspectors … are now saying that it appears that Iran is on the verge of being able to produce and may even be producing nuclear weapons…. Cross-border incidents in Iraq involving elements of the Revolutionary Guard … continue to increase and are a continuing problem for U.S. forces there. In addition, the threats by Iran’s leader against Israel have become more pronounced and more extreme.” Hume then asked Paul: “What do you do?”Mr. Hume, that's not a difficult concept. It really is that simple, unless you want to pass a Constitutional amendment. The president does NOT have the authority to do what George W. Bush did in 2003 with regard to Iraq. Yet Congress looked the other way when he did it.
Congressman Paul began his answer by pointing out: “For one thing, one thing I would remember very clearly is the president doesn’t have the authority to go to war — he goes to the Congress.”
But Brit Hume appeared a bit puzzled with Paul’s point that the president does not have the authority to go to war. “What do you do?” he asked the congressman. “So what do you do?” he repeated. Paul answered: “He goes to the Congress and finds out if there’s any threat to our national security.”
Any person running for president who does not understand this fundamental point should be laughed out of town on a rail. That leaves just about one candidate from the current slate on either side of the aisle that is qualified to fill the vacancy that will fortunately soon occur in the White House.
That person is Ron Paul.