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The Continuing War With Iraq

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A few weeks ago, under the leadership of President Bush, U.S. military forces again dropped bombs on the people of Iraq, purportedly to maintain strict control over the 10-year-old “no-fly zone” in Iraq. A couple of days ago, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell announced his support for easing the 10-year-old policy of economic sanctions against the Iraqi people, which was originally imposed by Bush’s father when he was president. Neither Bush (the son) nor Powell has bothered to explain the U.S. constitutional justification for either the embargo, which of course is an act of war under international law, or for the bombing. In fact, there has never been a constitutionally required declaration of war against Iraq, not even during the Persian Gulf War ten years ago. Saddam Hussein, of course, is every modern-day U.S. president’s favorite whipping boy, but isn’t it time for U.S. officials to start obeying the Constitution and quit behaving like tyrants? Moreover, don’t the Iraqi people have it bad enough under Saddam without Bush and Powell making their plight worse with bombs and embargoes?

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    Jacob G. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. He was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and received his B.A. in economics from Virginia Military Institute and his law degree from the University of Texas. He was a trial attorney for twelve years in Texas. He also was an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas, where he taught law and economics. In 1987, Mr. Hornberger left the practice of law to become director of programs at the Foundation for Economic Education. He has advanced freedom and free markets on talk-radio stations all across the country as well as on Fox News’ Neil Cavuto and Greta van Susteren shows and he appeared as a regular commentator on Judge Andrew Napolitano’s show Freedom Watch. View these interviews at LewRockwell.com and from Full Context. Send him email.