War and the Imperial Presidency

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by Danny Sjursen It may be too late. The president of the United States is now a veritable autocrat in the realm of foreign policy. He has been since at least 1945, when the last congressionally declared war finally ended. Wars… Continue Reading  

Why, and How, Congress Should Enact an AUMF

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by Paul R. Pillar The request by a U.S. Army captain to a federal court for a declaratory judgment about his constitutional duties regarding going to war is the latest reminder of the unsatisfactory situation in which the United States is… Continue Reading  

Writing a Blank Check on War for the President

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by Andrew Bacevich Let’s face it: in times of war, the Constitution tends to take a beating. With the safety or survival of the nation said to be at risk, the basic law of the land — otherwise considered sacrosanct… Continue Reading  

Endless War, Undeclared and Undebated

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by Mel Gurtov The death of six US soldiers in Afghanistan on December 21 at the hands of a Taliban suicide bomber brings to 21 the number of US combat deaths there in 2015. Once again we must confront the… Continue Reading  

Dick Cheney Never Disappoints

Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks at the christening ceremony of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Nov. 9, 2013, at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va. The Gerald R. Ford was the first Ford-class aircraft carrier to join the fleet in 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Peter D. Lawlor/Released)

by Jim Lobe Previewing his September 8 address on the Iran deal to (who else?) the American Enterprise Institute, Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz have published a lengthy op-ed (“Restoring American Exceptionalism”) in Saturday’s print edition of The Wall… Continue Reading