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US: Senator Byrd

Daryl DeBell says of Senator Byrd's speech "Today I weep for my country": "Senator Byrd's sensible speech should have been made back when the Congress cravenly signed the blank check for the President to do whatever he liked about waging war. By abandoning its right and duty it allowed the President and his group of hawks to do as they pleased. I hope we can win quickly and salvage something". RH: Can someone clarify this: Senator Bryd stressed that only Congress can declare war. Did Congress "abandon its right, etc"? There has been technically no declaration of war on Iraq. In that case, Byrd was right to weep.

Ronald Hilton - 3/22/03