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Congress set to dial back Presidential war powers

Should have been done a long time ago:

The Democratic-led House, with the backing of President Joe Biden, is expected to approve legislation to repeal the 2002 authorization for use of military force in Iraq, a step supporters say is necessary to constrain presidential war powers even though it is unlikely to affect U.S. military operations around the world.

A vote on Thursday would come one day after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he intends to bring repeal legislation to the Senate floor this year. “The Iraq War has been over for nearly a decade,” Schumer said. “The authorization passed in 2002 is no longer necessary in 2021.”

Actually, the Iraq War was over shortly after it started, at least it should have been. What happened after that was occupation and insurgency, coupled with sectarian violence between Shia and Sunni elements, all of which was predictable. The 2002 Authorization should never have passed in the first place, but the anger over 9/11 was still fresh, and we didn't have our pound of flesh yet in Afghanistan. All that being said, if you want to sell something to a split Senate, sometimes you need to hold your tongue:

Memorial Day is a time for both honor and philosophy

On this day of remembrance, our Facebook timelines are awash with glowing tributes to those who gave their lives in military service. Some of these tributes are personal, and some are crafted by some stranger and then shared by others. But you rarely see people add comments to these postings. If somebody in Hollywood has an affair with somebody else in Hollywood, you'll see dozens of sometimes heated observations about who is in the wrong and why. But men and women who have been sent to a foreign land to wage war in our name, and came back in a body bag if they came back at all? Crickets. And the few readers who do express an opinion about "why" they lost their lives are soon hushed, as if the causal chain of events is either not important or an "inappropriate" topic of conversation for this particular day. The problem is, for many of these folks, there never is an appropriate day to explore the wisdom or morality of the wars we engage in. And their aversion to this topic may lie in their inability to navigate the complexities of the ethics involved:

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