Our proposed statute would provide that the president must consult with Congress before ordering a “significant armed conflict”… To guarantee that the president consults with a cross section of Congress, the act would create a joint Congressional committee made up of the leaders of the House and the Senate as well as the chairmen and ranking members of key committees… Congress would have obligations, too. Unless it declared war or otherwise expressly authorized a conflict, it would have to vote within 30 days on a resolution of approval. If the resolution of approval was defeated in either House, any member of Congress could propose a resolution of disapproval.
Checks and balances — the answer to our problems had been right in front of us all along! We at the U.S. field office of SNF Labs were immediately sold on the idea, but we realized that the problem with this proposal was that it was too late; we were already five years into the disastrous war in Iraq. So we crawled into our homemade time machine — which, ever since Chris learned to play pool, had been lying unused in a nondescript public storage facility out in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas — and set the dial to early 2003. To get this bill passed into law, we went to work using the only means we knew: Internet petitions and electronic form letters to our representatives. This, of course, was a tremendous success, and the War Powers Consultation Act of 2003 has been the law of the land since, oh, February or March 2003.
I can only assume that we’ve returned to an unrecognizably different 2008. You’re welcome!
Of course, I mean “today”. ↩