Targets: United States Senators Tim Kaine and John McCain
Goal: Praise the senators for working to reign in executive control over military actions
The recent trend towards greater presidential control of the use of military force may soon be reversed. United States Senators Tim Kaine and John McCain have introduced legislation that would give Congress more control over military action. As presidents have become more and more prone to deploy the military without the input of Congress, some people have become more and more concerned that use of force is becoming too easy. According to The Hill, Senator Kaine said that the bill would enable Congress to have a say on matters of this kind again.
A declaration of war cannot be made without Congressional approval. However, the U.S. has not declared war on a foe since World War II, and since then it has fought in conflicts across the globe that have claimed many lives and destroyed much. In recent times, presidents have successfully argued that they need not consult Congress before deploying troops to battlefields. Recently, President Obama authorized attacks on Middle Eastern targets without needing to first obtain permission from Congress. The proposed bill would change this state of affairs. There is nothing wrong with debating the use of force; it can prevent unnecessary violence while still leaving the nation prepared to deal with actual threats. The senators’ bill would put power back into the hands of Congress, to be shared with the president.
This kind of bipartisan effort is rare nowadays, and most welcome. Senators Kaine and McCain are working towards a future where war is less likely to be fought at the drop of a hat or at the whim of one person. By signing this petition, you will thank them for their efforts.
Dear Senators Kaine and McCain,
The bill that you have introduced to ensure that Congressional approval is gained before military actions are carried out is an excellent one, and one that is sorely needed. For too long, war has been too easily engaged in, and the more debate, the better. A nation can protect itself and its interests without placing military power into the hands of one person.
Your bipartisan spirit stands as an example to all. Thank you for working to further the cause of control over the use of violence.
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