Saturday, May 5, 2007

[Insert quote from 1984 here]

Just read this 3-week old post by Glenn Greenwald, discussing someone from The Weekly Standard claiming that Bush has "dictatorial powers" (which doesn't seem uncommon for them).
The Weekly Standard's Michael Goldfarb participated in a conference call with former Senator George Mitchell yesterday, during which Mitchell advocated a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq. This is what Goldfarb wrote about that call:
Pam Hess, the UPI reporter who gave us this extremely moving and persuasive glimpse of the liberal case for the war in Iraq, asked if timetables for withdrawal "somehow infringe on the president's powers as commander in chief?" Mitchell's less than persuasive answer: "Congress is a coequal branch of government...the framers did not want to have one branch in charge of the government."

True enough, but they sought an energetic executive with near dictatorial power in pursuing foreign policy and war. So no, the Constitution does not put Congress on an equal footing with the executive in matters of national security.

So Goldfarb agrees that "Congress is a coequal branch of government", but apparently some branches of government are more equal than others?

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