Friday, April 28, 2006
Dept. of Timing Is Everything: We were reading about the rapidly inflating costs of the war in Iraq, a sum that for reasons unknown to us appears to exclude the rapidly inflating cost of gasoline, and we had just undertaken the composition of an outraged screed juxtaposing this --
Of the total war spending, the CRS analysis found $4 billion that could not be tracked. It did identify $2.5 billion diverted from other spending authorizations in 2001 and 2002 to prepare for the invasion [of Iraq].-- with this:
No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law.-- when we discovered that our obliging colleague J. Schwarz of A Tiny Revolution had already posted a rather more concise and reasoned version of the venom-spitting tirade we had intended to pen. As a special bonus, Mr. Schwarz's brief essay sports some very handsome filigree that we blush to admit our version would not have included:
Bush administration lawyers like John Yoo argue that the president can wage wars at his own discretion, despite the plain language in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution giving Congress the power to "declare war." Yoo makes this claim:Of course, we had some pretty good gags of our own that we were planning to use, but we're thinking now that we'll probably save them for the Mass Bush Administration Friar's Club Roast scheduled for the Hague in 2009.Congress could express its opposition to executive war decisions only by exercising its powers over funding and impeachment.But it turns out Congress doesn't even control the funding of war. So you heard it from John Yoo himself: the only way to stop the war is by impeaching Bush.