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Representatives Walter B. Jones (NC-3) and Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2) have introduced legislation stipulating that when a president initiates any war without a prior congressional declaration, that action will constitute an impeachable offense and cause the House to send to the Senate for trial one or more articles of impeachment. The legislation states that this includes wars against governments or "non-state actors," and applies whether the president is initiating a new war or joining an existing war with other parties.

Needless to say there are numerous other types of impeachable offenses as well. Wars would remain illegal under the Kellogg-Briand Pact and under the United Nations Charter with narrow exceptions not applicable to any recent wars even after a congressional declaration. Wars are already impeachable offenses for which articles of impeachment should be introduced and passed, as they should have been for previous presidents. Current wars can continue or be escalated without running up against this new legislation, as it applies only to new wars. President Donald Trump has made some steps toward diplomacy that others have opposed, but which should be encouraged. We are well aware of all of these facts.

But little outweighs the importance of doing anything we can to make major and possibly nuclear new wars less likely. The threat of impeachment has often been enough to accomplish needed goals. This resolution would put the threat -- the guarantee, in fact -- of immediate impeachment in place for the current and any future presidents should they choose to launch wars without Congress. That will be a huge step toward a safer future. It will remain up to us to prevent Congress from passing any declarations of war.

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