Maybe it's just me, but this doesn't sound much like democracy:
A Justice Department (news - web sites) lawyer reportedly wrote a secret memo to the White House in 2001 concluding that President George W. Bush (news - web sites) has the authority to wage preemptive war against terrorists and countries even if they were not linked to the September 11 attacks.
According to the memo there are effectively "no limits" on the presidents authority to wage war, Newsweek magazine reports, noting that it seems to lay the legal groundwork for Bush to invade Iraq (news - web sites) even without approval Congressional approval.
"The President may deploy military force preemptively against terrorist organizations or the states that harbor or support them, whether or not they can be linked to the specific terrorist incidents of Sept. 11," the memo reads, according to Newsweek.
The memo, titled "The Presidents Constitutional Authority to Conduct Military Operations against Terrorists and Nations Supporting Them," argues that the president should be allowed to order whatever military action "in his best judgment" are necessary to protect the United States.
The presidents decisions to use force "are for him alone and are unreviewable," the memo reads.