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Hume: Congress Has NO War Powers

Reported by Janie - April 25, 2007 -

Last night (4/24), Special Report host Brit Hume used his always politicized "Two Minutes of Hate" (AKA "Grapevine") segment to once again provide a platform for right-wing talking points. In this instance, Hume led viewers to believe that the President is the only person granted any war powers in the Constitution, while also granting a pulpit for a Republican to express the current talking point.

Hume began by leading the audience, making sure they understand what the right's position is on the this current talking point:

"In a paragraph of the United States constitution that makes no mention of Congress — the founding fathers decreed that 'the president shall be commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States.'

Comment: Got that, blind followers? ONLY THE PRESIDENT HAS ANY POWER IN WAR!

What Hume is neglecting to mention is Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution:

"To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;

To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years;

To provide and maintain a navy;

To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces;

To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the states respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress"

Hume continued, by attempting to attack a Democrat: "But in a CNN interview today — Pennsylvania Democratic Congressman and leading war critic John Murtha was asked about complaints from President Bush that Congress was trying to micromanage the war in Iraq. Murtha's response: 'That's our job.'"

Comment: The term "micromanage" comes directly from the White House in part of their talking point, but no one has addressed the definition of this word. According to Dictionary.com, the term micromanage means, "to manage or control with excessive attention to minor details."

Apparently, the right believes that bringing our troops home and ensuring they have proper training amounts to "minor details."

As a matter of fact, the term "micromanage" in no way refers to what Democrats are doing. To micromanage a war would be to try to have say in every single battle, to attempt to assign where every single dollar allotted is spent. In fact, the Democrats bill fits perfectly into the powers given to them under Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, thus proving Murtha's statement, "that's our job", perfectly correct.

Of course, the last word from Hume was given to the GOP: "The Republican take from Florida Congressman Adam Putnam: 'We strongly disagree. It is never appropriate for politicians in the gilded committee rooms of Washington to be dictating targets and tactics on the ground.'"

Great - since that's not what Democrats are doing, I guess we're all on the same page!