Comment: The US should have declared war in the case of each and every one of the AUMFs. There are three on the books. Iraq, Afghanistan and the on that authorizes the use of the armed forces against anything that can be called “terrorism.” To declare WAR would have been the correct and constitutional thing to do. If a state of war existed between the US and whatever entity it was that threatened us so much, it should have been acknowledged as requiring WAR , not an open ended authorization for WAR that abdicated the responsibility of Congress in situations that were not really emergencies at all. As things are now, the president is free to make WAR whenever and wherever he/she pleases.
This is one initiative in which I side with the Democrats.