As war with Iran threatens all of us, it's good to see the U.S. House of Representatives has passed HR1274, reasserting Congress' Constitutional authority on the use of military force. James Madison wrote that history has shown the executive is the branch of government most prone to war. He concluded, "The Constitution has with studied care vested that power in the legislature."
The decision to commit American lives to such actions must be a collective one — not made by the executive branch alone. Military action risks the lives of our loved ones in this country, and the lives of many in other countries. The Iraq conflict has forewarned us that attacking Iran risks dire and destabilizing consequences, many of which we may not be able to foresee. Members of Congress in both parties are skeptical; Japan and our European allies feel more evidence is needed before they can support American military action in Iran.
The bill now moves on to the Senate. We need to tell our U.S. senators that now is the time to reassert Congressional control over the power to make war.
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