A compelling question. George Friedman, at Stratfor, offers a thorough backgrounder on America’s declared and undeclared wars (h/t Jewish World Review). He makes the disturbing point that every “police action,” “UN-sanctioned police action,” “intervention,” “war by Congressional resolution” and, of course, their latest cousin, the “kinetic military action” (such an incomprehensibly stupid label!) has steadily undercut the foundations of the Republic.
I am fully satisfied that Friedman understands the complexities of today’s world in which so much can happen in such a short span of time. (An all-out nuclear exchange, for instance, is a question of minutes.) Here’s a brief quote from his article that points to the heart of the matter:
I am making the argument that the suspension of Section 8 of Article I as if it is possible to amend the Constitution with a wink and a nod represents a mortal threat to the Republic. If this can be done, what can’t be done?
Indeed. Please read the article.