Comment - George W. Bush, Iraq War
The Bush plunge.
The founder of The Progressive magazine, Robert La Follette, whose 150th birthday we just celebrated, believed that no President should be allowed to wage war without first going directly to the American people in a plebiscite. La Follette, who introduced a constitutional amendment to this effect, failed to win approval for it. Even 100 years ago, though, he understood the risk that the President would increasingly wage war on his own, despite the constitutional requirement that Congress declare war. Today, as Congress refus...