Bush asserts authority to bypass defense actHe's not just breaking the law, he's once again violating the Constitution:
January 30, 2008
WASHINGTON - President Bush this week declared that he has the power to bypass four laws, including a prohibition against using federal funds to establish permanent US military bases in Iraq, that Congress passed as part of a new defense bill.
Bush made the assertion in a signing statement that he issued late Monday after signing the National Defense Authorization Act for 2008.
Previous presidents occasionally used the [signing statements], but Bush has challenged more sections of bills than all his predecessors combined - among them, a ban on torture.
Bush Plan for Iraq Would Be a FirstArticle II, section 2 of the US Constitution states "He [the president] shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur.
No OK From Congress Seen; Constitutional Issues Raised
WASHINGTON - President Bush’s plan to forge a long-term agreement with the Iraqi government that could commit the US military to defending Iraq’s security would be the first time such a sweeping mutual defense compact has been enacted without congressional approval, according to legal specialists.
BTW, the headline is wrong, this wasn't a "plan to forge a long-term agreement with the Iraqi government." It wasn't agreed to by the Iraqi government and it wasn't agreed to by the US government. It was a plan agreed to by Bush and Bush's lapdog Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, against the wishes of their governments.
Cross posted at VidiotSpeak