"Those who are to conduct a war cannot in the nature of things be proper or safe judges whether a war ought to be commenced, continued, or concluded. They are barred from the latter functions by a great principle in free government, analogous to that which separates the sword from the purse, or the power of executing from the power of enacting laws," - James Madison, quoted in another excellent George Will column today.

Will is living proof that not all conservatives worship at the altar of unchecked executive power.

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