On Face the Nation on Sunday, Mitt Romney said that if elected president he wouldn’t have to get congressional permission for a military strike on Iran.
I can assure you if I’m president, the Iranians will have no question but that I will be willing to take military action if necessary to prevent them from becoming a nuclear threat to the world. I don’t believe at this stage, therefore, if I’m president that we need to have a war powers approval or special authorization for military force. The president has that capacity now.
Now douse that with some salt because this is Romney and he’ll say anything. But this is the apotheosis of the unitary executive idea cooked up under Bush and brought to its apotheosis under Obama. Obama blatantly ignored the War Powers Act in attacking Libya. And now, Romney is taking it a step further.
I think it’s pretty clear where I stand on this … where I have always stood on this. The Constitution gives the war-making authority to Congress, not the President. Right there in Article I, Section 8.
If Romney is elected and does indeed attack Iran without Congressional authority, the most fun/aggravating part which will be watching the Flopping of the Pundits, as the conservative ones race to say this is OK and the liberal ones scream about tyranny. Only a handfull will have said the same thing with Obama and Romney: this is not the way it’s supposed to work.