||ENDS AND MEANS IN CONFLICT 23 event, the only realistic counterweight to an overreaching president is a Congress bold enough to assert its own constitutional power. In this area there is no question that the judiciary is the least dangerous and the least helpful branch. Congress, balanced against the president, is the only other big guy on the block. And Congress assuredly possesses great power. It is no accident but rather careful construction that placed congressional power in Article I, presidential power next, and judicial power third. Congress exclusively possesses the two most potent powers of government: to tax, spend, and appropriate; and to decide for war and peace. Congress has come to possess a general power, if not indeed a general welfare power over commerce most broadly defined. With additional power to define and punish violation of international law, to raise, support, and govern the armed forces, to censure and, if necessary, to impeach the president, the Congress of the United States has the power necessary to regain its constitutional role as definer of foreign policy, governor of the military, and our representatives in the decision for peace or war. H. Conclusion Law-constitutional, international, and statutory law of Congress-is the primary means by which we protect our community in peace. We have seen in the Iran-Contra crisis, and previously in Watergate and the Vietnam War, a disregard for democratic process by people zealously convinced of their goals. A few conclusions of relationship between ends and means might be made from these disasters. First, we must renew our fidelity to the democratic process itself. Few goals of domestic or foreign policy are worth doing serious harm to our constitutional fabric to achieve. A listing of recent disasters in foreign policy alone should be sufficiently chastening to help us avoid a belief in our own omniscience or omnipotence. Hundreds of Marines died in Lebanon under circumstances of vulnerability that were foreseeable. Selling significant quantities of sophisticated arms to a terrorist government in Iran while we were preaching against such practice to our allies destroyed our effectiveness in isolating Iran from sources of such weaponry. We have become increasingly unable to perform a natural role as neutral peacemaker in Middle Eastern crises by our own warlike acts there.