Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 13 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds   

If Bush Orders The Bombing Of Iran Without Congressional Authorization, The Military Must Disobey.

By       (Page 1 of 2 pages)   4 comments
U. S. Military personnel are legally obligated to disobey any Unconstitutional orders, even if they are issued by the President himself. If they follow an Unconstitutional order, they violate their oath of office, and Department Of Defense officials face impeachment and removal from office.

The United States Constitution gives the power to start a war to Congress, not to the President. If the President starts a war without Congressional approval, that is clearly an Unconstitutional act.

As enumerated in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, Congress is given the exclusive power . . .

"To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules
concerning Captures on Land and Water;"

There has been more and more talk lately, regarding the possibility that President Bush might order a massive air strike on Iranian nuclear facilities and related targets. The supposed justification would be something like, "Iran is disregarding the United Nations Security Council and is working to develop nuclear weapons for terrorists to use against the United States."

Where have we heard false statements like this before? In the lead-up to our invasion of Iraq, of course! Congress fell for this argument the first time, and tragically authorized the President to use force against Iraq. Bush then stretched this authorization into the self-inflicted fiasco we are now stuck with in Iraq.

But Congress is not likely to make this same mistake again, especially since there is no immediate threat from Iran, as there supposedly was from Iraq. So there will be no such Congressional authorization to use force this time.

But what if Bush decides to go ahead anyway, without Congressional authorization? He would falsely claim his bogus "inherent powers" to do whatever he feels like doing as Commander In Chief "to protect national security," whether Congress likes it or not. And then he would simply order our Military to bomb Iran.

And I believe this is exactly what he is planning to do. But there is something everybody needs to understand, before Bush tries to do this: Any official of the United States Government - Military or Civilian - who knowingly follows an Unconstitutional order, violates his oath of office. The Civilian officials are subject to impeachment and removal from office. Therefore, each Military officer or other Government official is legally obligated to disobey any such order that might come from President Bush. And Bush himself needs to know this, too.

Here is the oath of office, below. Please note that each official swears to "support and defend" the Constitution, not to obey the President. The President must be obeyed only when he is following the Constitution.

United States Code, Title 5, Sec. 3331. Oath of office

An individual, except the President, elected or appointed to an
office of honor or profit in the civil service or uniformed services,
shall take the following oath: "I, AB, do solemnly swear (or affirm)
that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States
against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith
and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without
any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and
faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to
enter. So help me God." This section does not affect other oaths
required by law.

And here is the provision for impeachment and removal from office, as given in Article II, Section 4 . . .

"The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United
States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of,
Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors."

Deliberately violating the Constitution - particularly in such an important matter as starting a war - would be a "high Crime or Misdemeanor."

Blessings to you. May God help us all.

Next Page  1  |  2

(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).

Rate It | View Ratings

William McGinnis Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Rev. Bill McGinnis is an Internet Christian minister, writer and publisher. He is Director of, a small private think tank in Alexandria, Virginia, and all of its related websites, including (more...)
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Congress Can Overrule The President On Any Decision - Including Our Policies On Iraq.

Sarah Palin Broke The Ethics Law In Alaska, And Can Be Impeached

Unregulated Capitalism Harms The Country These Six Ways

"Yes We Can" - the poem, based on a speech by Barack Obama

Human Life Begins At The First Heartbeat, During The Third Week After Conception.

The Teachings Of Martin Luther King Can Guide Us All Today.

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend