As usual, the Washington establishment has inverted the constitutional process to protect the Forever Wars.
The Constitution vests in the Congress the power to declare war, but that power has not been exercised since 1942. Instead, what we have in the case of our engagement in Afghanistan is an Authorization for the Use of Military Forces (AUMF), which Congress granted in 2001. Using quintessential Washington-speak, the AUMF states: "Nothing in this resolution supersedes any requirement of the War Powers Resolution." This turns the intent and purpose of both the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution upside down.