This is what George Washington would have done…

“The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure.” – George Washington

I feel like my article on our foreign policy, using the viewpoint of Thomas Paine didn’t quite hit the issue hard enough.  The point is that America is supposed to be the land of the free.  Not only are the occupants supposed to be free, but the same respect must be given to other lands.  Essentially, if the individual want to live their life free from tyranny, they must not bring tyranny to others.  You live your life your way, and you leave others to live life their way.

George Washington was well aware, that if one person, alone, was in charge of military action, they would bring the power of the military to other places and start needless wars.  This possibility was offered a safety net.  In the constitution, it is written that the president of the United States cannot take offensive military action without the Congress first giving the OK to do so.  This insured that only necessary wars were fought.

General George Washington knew, quite well, the importance of war.  He also knew, very well, the importance of not going to war.  Only a truly necessary call to arms should make use of the lives of our soldiers.  Only a truly necessary war should take the lives of even our enemies.

When President Obama failed to get the go-ahead from Congress before attacking Libya, he was in direct violation of the Constitution.  He was going against the very beliefs that our first, and, in my opinion, greatest president held.  At that very moment, he was eligible to be removed from office, and I promise you, this is exactly what George Washington would have done.

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