Romney: The President Doesn’t Need Congress’ Approval For War In Iran
“I can assure you if I’m president, the Iranians will have no question but that I will be willing to take military action if necessary to prevent them from becoming a nuclear threat to the world,” Presidential candidate Mitt Romney said on Face The Nation Sunday. “I don’t believe at this stage, therefore, if I’m president that we need to have a war powers approval or special authorization for military force. The president has that capacity now.”
So much for the Constitution:
The Constitution only allows the President to make war with Congress’ approval. Congress has delegated some authority to the President to make war without their approval, but only in instances where there is a direct threat to the United States and only then for a limited amount of time.
Romney, much as Obama does, seems to define this as granting him the authority over a sort of “king’s army” he can deploy without Congress’ approval for almost any reason he wants.
It’s a gross abuse of executive power, and pretty hypocritical for anyone who fashions themselves a respecter of the Constitution as Romney does.Tags: constitution, iran, mitt romney, war powers