Letters to the Editor: Trump can’t legally start a war
Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution gives Congress the sole power to declare war.
Given Mr. Trump’s apparently spontaneous threat to unleash “fire and fury like the world has never seen” against North Korea, it is imperative that Congress reassert its Constitutional responsibility. Congress must stand united in its declaration that it has the sole power to declare war.
The military must know that, although Mr. Trump is currently Commander in Chief, he explicitly does not the right to start a war, particularly a nuclear war. The military must be prepared to reject his orders if they violate the Constitution of the United States.
The American people of all political stripes have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness without fear of impulsive threats from our leaders.
Harry Yeo Chaucer
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