2013 was not a good year for the pro-war lobby in the West, but in America, those in favor of military interventions are looking to make it easier for the president to formally declare war.
As reported by antiwar.com, US Senators John McCain and Tim Kaine have unveiled a bill to the Congress that would change the legal status of the United States in starting future wars across the world.
The bill aims to repeal the 1973 War Powers Act, which was intended to limit the power of the president to take the US to war without Congressional approval. The Act has been widely ignored by a succession of presidents, but now, if McCain and Kaine get their way, it would be scrapped altogether and replaced by a law which requires greater ‘consultation’ with Congress and a vote within 30 days of any ‘significant’ conflict. But crucially, the bill makes an exception for ‘humanitarian’ missions and covert operations.