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Once again, many of us didn’t take Memorial Day as an opportunity to reflect on the costs of war, not only in lost life and limb, but also to urge Congress to reclaim its constitutional authority to declare war [“Proud of WWII service, they opposed Vietnam war,” Opinion, May 25].

The executive branch has no constitutional authority to declare war, yet Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have taken us into war without congressional consent.

Many of us believe that war is not the answer, But until our country’s attitudes change, at a minimum, it is advisable that more citizens consider war a political choice they are involved in, not a fait accompli they must accept.

After 13 years of war in Iraq, what has been accomplished? Some voices are calling for a broader U.S. war in the Middle East. We can put the brakes on endless war by urging Congress to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, which was passed just days after 9/11. Bush and Obama have used AUMF as their rationale to wage war outside the constraints of the Constitution.

Please contact Washington’s U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and tell them to take back congressional power to declare war by repealing the AUMF. That would be a good first step in honoring the men and women who lost their lives in the line of service.

Micki Jackson, Bellingham