Iran is at war with us, don’t signal a lack of resolve to counter It

The Senate vote today on a resolution designed to restrict the President’s ability to protect us against Iran is the latest round in a struggle that has ebbed and flowed since the last conflict in which Congress actually declared war in 1945.

In the interval, legislators passed a War Powers Act of dubious constitutionality that presidents of both parties have effectively ignored. So, they have periodically adopted resolutions to authorize the use of military force as a means of asserting some control over presidential war-making.

Interestingly, the last of these AUMFs authorized force to be used against those responsible for the 9/11 attacks. In fact, Iran played a significant role in that act of murderous jihad and it’s still at war with us. We mustn’t signal a lack of resolve to defend against Iran’s oft-stated determination to bring death to America.

This is Frank Gaffney.

About Frank Gaffney, Jr.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson.