Here we go again. The first Iraq War was in the early '90s. Just prior to that one, the Fed Gov't supplied weapons to Saddam for his war against Iran. The second Iraq War started in 2003, I believe, and went on seemingly forever; however, it did eventually end (for the U.S.). Now we're beginning the third Iraq War for America. [For those who may not know, when one country drops bombs or shoots missiles from aircraft into another country, that's war. Even if you're not bombing, say, the forces of Iraq, it's still war.]
My point here is this: apparently I missed the preludes to those three wars--- the part where the U.S. Congress, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution, issues a Declaration of War. Some time ago, John McCain in response to a question from Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. on this very subject, essentially stated that such a Declaration of War was not necessary because the War Powers Act gave the President (with the approval of Congress) the authority to go to war at his discretion. In his defense, McCain is not the only DC Crony who uses that reasoning. What they all appear to be ignoring is that no law supercedes the Constitution. That means, despite what McCain and others tell us, Congress must declare war before troops (or war planes, or war ships) are sent into battle against some enemy. I challenge any politician (or anyone) to disprove that.
For decades now, the Fed Gov't has been ignoring the restraints of the Constitution whenever it suits politicians or their Mega Business Cronies. They use Laws to justify their war actions; there is nary a peep about the requirements and restraints imposed on the Fed Gov't by the Supreme Law of the Land regarding war and the proper use of the military. I find it exceptionally strange that the U.S. public appears to accept this scenario. Perhaps that is due to propaganda, or disinterest, or poverty, or being super-rich, or being too busy, or feeling helpless, or something else. Maybe people don't believe that the Constitution does require a Declaration of War; or perhaps they believe that Laws actually can alter the requirements stated in the Constitution. It especially puzzles me that "Conservatives" (nowadays that means Neoconservatives) accept this travesty against Constitutional Gov't.
Perhaps we as a People have forgotten the primary purpose of the Constitution: it is to restrain the Fed Gov't. For that to work, the requirements of the document cannot be ignored. Simple logic.