It has ceded way too much power to the president.
Not just now, but over decades. Tim Kane has been trying to get Congress to rescind AUMF and he seems like the lone voice in the forest.
The last declaration of war by Congress was during WW2. If we add up the actual total cost in treasure and lives since then without formal declarations the figures would be astronomical.
The president is supposed to be the Commander in Chief and not the Decider in Chief when it come to war. Congress, i.e., the people, has the unenviable task whether to send it’s young citizens to die and how to pay for it.
Who is running this resistance to retrieving Congressional power? A cynic might say the Military/Industrial Complex. Perhaps not overtly, but through the subtle cultural pressures of having the biggest hammer. Jobs, profits, votes all favor a robust and, to me, a hugely excessive and extravagant military investment.
And face it, it is a lot easier and faster to commit our army through such euphemisms as “police actions” and, more currently, stretching the AUMF to the limits.
In fairness, even though Trump may have acted a impulsively and with little apparent guidance (and we are still in Syria and elsewhere), he should not have had to make that decision at all.
The opinion puts it best by reminding us that the president represents around half of the citizens, Congress represents all of them.