Friday, June 24, 2011

Krauthammer’s Mistake

     It is with some relief that your author has finally found a point of disagreement with the esteemed Charles Krauthammer. The danger in reading such a brilliant commentator is that one begins to doubt the independence of one’s own opinions. Hence, the discovery of a point of disagreement is cause for a minor bit of relief.

     The point in question has to do with the War Powers Act, which Krauthammer correctly reads, in a piece with today’s date, as requiring the president to obtain congressional consent to military action in Libya. The engagement—or whatever we are to call it—has now gone on well past the 90 days allotted by the War Powers Act, and the required consultation with Congress has yet to materialize. Where Krauthammer goes wrong is at this point: “The power to declare war has become, through no fault of anyone, archaic and obsolete. Taken literally, it is as useless as granting Congress the right to regulate horse-and-buggies.”