As a member of the Armed Forces, I have taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution embodies the ideals that bind us together as a nation.
It gives a specific procedure to be followed for the declaration of war. It also gives Congress the absolute authority to fund the foreign policy of the United States.
This authority was clearly disregarded by the Reagan Administration during what is now known as the Iran-Contra Affair. The law as set forth in the Constitution was disregarded in favor of the Administration's desire to implement foreign policy.
If the Constitution is once again disregarded in implementing the foreign policy of the Bush Administration, then what becomes of the ideals which bind us together? Does the Constitution then become merely a bunch of words on paper? Has the experiment in democracy our forefathers set into motion with the creation of the Constitution failed?