Presidential War Powers: The Constitutional Answer

Posted: September 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

This is a really interesting read. I learned a little about history and laws regarding the president’s war powers. Go give it a look.

Flyover-Press.com

by Tom Woods via Tom Woods’s Liberty Classroom

There’s a lot of confusion, on right and left alike, regarding the president’s war powers under the Constitution. Here’s an overview of the most common claims on behalf of such powers, along with replies to these claims.

“The president has the power to initiate hostilities without consulting Congress.”

Ever since the Korean War, Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution – which refers to the president as the “Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States” – has been interpreted this way.

But what the framers actually meant by that clause was that once war has been declared, it was the President’s responsibility as commander-in-chief to direct the war. Alexander Hamilton spoke in such terms when he said that the president, although lacking the power to declare war, would have “the direction of war when authorized or begun.”…

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