Last week, President Bush declared that he has the power to bypass four laws, including a prohibition against using taxpayer money to establish permanent US military bases in Iraq.
After signing the National Defense Authorization Act, Bush unilaterally asserted that four sections of the act infringe on his powers, and therefore he is not bound to them.
Wasting no time, and in the face of this recent law, Bush is currently negotiating a long-term agreement with Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki. The agreement would commit US troops to Iraq after Bush leaves office, and would provide other economic and political guarantees. Critics say it will tie the hands of the next commander-in-chief.
While I think it is nice to focus on the fact that Bush will be gone soon, I'm curious if Bush's unprecedented attitude toward executive power will permanently change the balance of power between the US branches of government. And I'm not the only one — to check out Jon Stewart's outrage over the controversy, read more.
Is President Bush within his executive rights, or do you think he's dangerously bypassing our checks and balances?