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Keller @ Large: Who Should Decide?

BOSTON (CBS) — Who should decide when the US should take military action?

The president alone? Or should Congress have a say?

It’s been 15 years since the legal authority for a president to go to war has been updated.

And with an administration in power promising to get more aggressive with the war on terror, some on Capitol Hill say it’s time to make congressional approval part of the picture again.

From the early days of our democracy, the president has had the power to go to war to defend us against attack. But since 9-11, congressional sign-off has been bypassed by a blanket authorization for the use of military force, or AUMF.

“If it’s not defense against an imminent threat and you need to go on offense, you oughta get congressional approval,” says Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona), co-sponsor of a bi-partisan push to bring Congress back into the decision-making process.

Adds his co-sponsor Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Virginia): “That’s obviously to deal with this notion of an open-ended perpetual war that has come about when you dont have an authorization with an end date.”

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Senators Jeff Flake and Tim Kaine joined forced to create a new bill to Congress back into the military decision-making process. (CBS)

President Trump’s April strike on a Syrian airfield, launched without congressional approval, has ignited this debate. The Flake-Kaine AUMF would specify who and where the president can attack, and require periodic re-authorization. It would ok use of force against Daesh (ISIS), Al Qaeda, the Taliban and their offshoots in regions where we’re already active, and require congressional approval for any expansion of that.

“It is so much more powerful for the president when he travels abroad, when he engages our allies and our adversaries, for them to know that we speak with one voice,” says Flake.

And the senators insist reinserting the voice of Congress will reassure the people doing the fighting.

“What our young men and women need, and it’s virtually all that they need, is the belief that what they’re doing has meaning, value and the support of the American people,” says Kaine.

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  1. LIKE MIKE DUKAKIS AND SETTI WARREN KELLER IS THE GREATER DANGER TO AMERICA,
    AS THE FIRST H BOMB LIGHTS UP OVER OUR USA LEFT WING KELLER WILL BE AT PEACE….!

    HAVE YOU NO BRAINS KELLER…..AN H BOMB HAS BEEN AIMED AT THE USA….
    DAMN IT…..END THE THREAT….!!! RETURN FIRE NOW!
    .
    THIS IS JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF LEFT WING MADNESS……KELLER A DANGER TO OUR USA!

    HAVE WE LOST THE BRAINS TO A LUNATIC?

  2. Injecting politics in American military decisions. What could possibly go wrong with that?

  3. Alan B Flood says:

    As I keep asking the question, when did the forefathers of this country declare we are a democracy? They formed a republic called the USA – I believe there was never any intent on their part for the federal government to be called a democracy – is the term used in a positive or negative way in any of the federalist papers?, is it anywhere in the Constitution? In the declaration of Independence? Did the US military for bid the use of the word democracy when they were training our military up to around the first world war? Who and when did our republic proclaoim by law we are a democracy which is a different form of government then a republic? Can any one out there tell me when the federa lgovernment changed – don’t harp on me about what states do as they were allowed to set up their own forms of governing.

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