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Liberty -vs- Tyranny
Fast forward to the 12 minute 17 second marker on the video and hear what presidential candidate Mitt Romney had to say to Bob Schieffer on how he believes the President has the power to act unilaterally with respect to military action, specifically (in this case) Iran. Possibly another cowboy (GWB)?
So much for the Constitution and or the War Powers Resolution of 1973. This Romney dude could turn out to be a real loose cannon.
Face the Nation - SCHIEFFER: Let me turn to foreign policy. Bill Kristol, writing in the Weekly Standard this week, says we are reaching the time of consequence in our dealing with Iran on nuclear weapons. He says it is time for the President to go to the Congress and say, “I want you to authorize me to be able to use military force” if that becomes necessary. And he says if the President is not willing to do that, then the Congress should do it themselves. What's your take on that?
ROMNEY: Well, I can understand the reason for his recommendation and his concern. I think he's recognized that this president has communicated that in some respects, well, he might even be more worried about Israel taking direct military action than he is about Iran becoming nuclear. That's the opinion of some who watch this. And so he wants the President to take action that shows that a military Iran, that a nuclear Iran is unacceptable.
And I believe it's important for us to communicate that. I can assure you if I’m president, the Iranians will have no question but that I will be willing to take military action if necessary to prevent them from becoming a nuclear threat to the world. I don't believe at this stage, therefore, if I'm president that we need to have a war powers approval or special authorization for military force. The President has that capacity now. I understand that some in the Senate for instance have written letters to the President indicating you should know that a containment strategy is unacceptable.
We cannot survive a course of action would include a nuclear Iran we must be willing to take any and all actions. All those actions must be on the table.
The reality is that it is fairly certain President Obama, given circumstances he felt warranted a unilateral decision for military would take the same position. The concept of Congress, as representatives of the people having the sole authority to authorize the use of aggression against another sovereign nation seems to be passe in modern times. Every since the explosion of the Military Industrial Complex following World War II this nation has steadily and methodically moved with stealth along its current path. President Dwight David Eisenhower warned the nation against the threat of the Military Industrial Complex in 1961. Apparently most were tuned out.