Here are some quotes I came across from this blog post:
In 2007 Barack Obama told Charlie Savage of the Boston Globe,
The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.
Candidate Hillary Clinton spoke similarly:
If the country is under truly imminent threat of attack, of course the President must take appropriate action to defend us. At the same time, the Constitution requires Congress to authorize war. I do not believe that the President can take military action – including any kind of strategic bombing – against Iran without congressional authorization.
And candidate Joe Biden:
The Constitution is clear: except in response to an attack or the imminent threat of attack, only Congress may authorize war and the use of force.
Ah, those were the good old days. When simply opposing Bush was all one needed to do to get elected. Of course, Obama’s pro-war policies do not matter when the “opposition” party is even mor pro-war. There’s only one potential Republican candidate who can call Obama out on bailouts to Wall Street and endless warfare, his name is Ron Paul. Let’s just hope he runs for no other reason than to at least offer a different viewpoint than the standard Democratic and Republican platforms.