Retired Marine Expedition to Fallujah a PR Stunt?
Bill Quick

Marine Veterans Launch Kickstarter Project To Retake Fallujah

CAMP PENDLETON, CA – A pair of former Marines have launched a Kickstarter project to raise enough money for them to travel back to Iraq and retake the city of Fallujah in time for the ten-year anniversary of the battle.

I suppose it’s a nice thought – well, no, I don’t even really think that – but in any event, this is going nowhere.  The power to make war, as well as the power to conduct international relations, is constitutionally reserved to the federal government.  Anybody who kicks in money to this may be well-meaning, but they are being gullible as hell, too.  (via Glenn Reynold’s FB feed – thanks!)

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Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Retired Marine Expedition to Fallujah a PR Stunt? — 6 Comments

  1. I don’t recall any provision of the US Constitution which prohibits an American citizen from making war on another nation. More precisely, the declaration of war is reserved to Congress, but US Presidents for centuries now have “made war” without Congressional declaration of war. If it’s Constitutional for the Prez to do this (without Constitutional provision explicitly allowing it) then it’s Constitutional for a private citizen to do this (without Constitutional provision explicitly prohibiting it).

    • That, too, but I wasn’t arguing from historical precedent. I was arguing from Constitutional and moral grounds.

      Constitutionally, it’s just like I said: the Prez can’t wage war without Congress saying so. Since presidential war-making is generally allowed by Congress and the Supreme Court, it’s clearly not considered “making war”, despite looking and quacking like a duck. The Ninth and Tenth Amendments pretty well say that anything the government can do, the people can also do, unless it’s specifically prohibited. “Going somewhere with guns and doing something which isn’t waging war” isn’t specifically prohibited, therefore is allowed.

      Morally, I’ll expand on something I say from time to time: The balance between government (or any group) and the individual is found by answering the question, what is moral for the group to do which is not moral for the individual? The correct answer is nothing. I acknowledge that children and imbeciles often give a different answer, but I am not bound by the self-serving or ill-founded desires of others.

  2. Advice about Possible Loss of U.S. Citizenship and Foreign Military Service

    Federal statutes long in force prohibit certain aspects of foreign military service originating within the United States. The current laws are set forth in Section 958-960 of Title 18 of the United States Code. In Wiborg v. U.S. , 163 U.S. 632 (1896), the Supreme Court endorsed a lower court ruling that it was not a crime under U.S. law for an individual to go abroad for the purpose of enlisting in a foreign army; however, when someone has been recruited or hired in he United States, a violation may have occurred. The prosecution of persons who have violated 18 U.S.C. 958-960 is the responsibility of the Department of Justice.