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January 26, 2007

What Authority Does Congress Have In Iraq ?

by Doug Mataconis

As Congress debates a resolution opposing the President’s plan to “surge” additional troops in Iraq, a group of legal scholars, including libertarian Law Professor Richard Epstein, have addressed the issue in a letter to Congress.

The letter is in PDF format so I can’t quote it here, but it’s well worth reading.

H/T: Lew Rockwell

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2 Comments

  1. I’m curious to know when the Senate started approving regional combat commanders… Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, maybe, but Petraeus shouldn’t have needed it. For perspective, this would be like the Senate approving the commander of the Pacific Submarine force. He already had a star, since general officers all go before congress while attempting to get their stars to begin with.

    Comment by Jmarsh — January 26, 2007 @ 2:18 pm
  2. My undetstanding is that Senate approval was required because Petreaus is getting a 4th star.

    Comment by Doug Mataconis — January 26, 2007 @ 4:26 pm

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