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Tim Bateman

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Ironnewenglander

Subj: Re: should future presidents be put on a short leash
Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 at 07:19:42 pm EST
Reply Subj: should future presidents be put on a short leash
Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 at 11:13:16 am EST

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just wondering,how many of you think that future presidents should be stripped of some of their powers. i myself think that the president shouldn't be able to pardon anyone at all and to tell you the truth i don't think they should be commander and chief of the armed forces either.they should give that to a military officer.in order for him to be able to declare war though,he should go to the president first and the president would have to go to congress to ask permission to do so,if permission is denied that should be the end of it.

>... i don't think they should be commander and chief of the armed forces either.they should give that to a military officer.in order for him to be able to declare war though,he should go to the president first and the president would have to go to congress to ask permission to do so,if permission is denied that should be the end of it.

Armed Services officers, including the Chief of Staff (or whatever he's called on that side of the Atlantic), are not qualified to determine whether their country should go to war against another or not. It's not their function - it's a political decision. Neville Chamberlain, not Lord Gort, declared war on Germany in 1939.

You have a short enough leash described in your Constitution. Some may take the view that the watchdog of the Constitution has become a rabid hound that has stretched or slipped his leash. That is another debate.


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