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;"
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.
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.
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