By Seth Weinberger
Since September 11, essentially the most dominant concerns in American politics has been: what precisely is a battle on terror and who's in control of it? prior books in this subject have fallen off the pony on both sides: at the correct, making army activities lower than the Bush management equivalent to past declared wars and ceding an excessive amount of war-making energy to the presidency or at the left, requiring congressional acclaim for any nationwide protection steps in any respect, contradicting a lot of yankee old precedent. Weinberger offers a unique realizing of the Declare warfare clause of the structure (Article 1, part 8), filtering it during the AUMFs glided by Congress when you consider that 9-11 and concluding that the Presidency has huge range and autonomy within the abroad theaters, yet no longer at the household front.
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Simply because the armed forces of the country are engaged in combat does not give the president the right to undermine the fundamental separation of powers on which rests the constitutional structure of the state. However, there are situations in which the threat to the nation is so great that it would be dangerous for the president to be forced to come to Congress for explicit authorization of each and every necessary policy. But there is already a mechanism by which Congress can recognize that such a situation exists and agree to temporarily transfer legislative power to the president so that he might successfully defend the country: the formal declaration of war.
Determining whether the power to conduct military hostilities is best defined as executive or legislative would, therefore, clarify which branch was most likely intended to hold that power. ” In Federalist 74, Hamilton addresses the executive power in reference to war, arguing that “of all the cares and concerns of government, the direction of war most peculiarly demands those qualities which distinguish the exercise of power by a single hand. ”94 From a functional perspective, the command and deployment of troops fits better under the executive branch than it does under the legislative power.
Others wanted to add language to the bill to force the administration to adopt a more aggressive strategy toward the Indians. [James] Madison argued that Congress should not specify where troops should be based and for what purposes they should be used. ”56 Turning to Jefferson’s military operations against the Barbary pirates, Delahunty and Yoo again contend that the historical evidence fails to support the broad interpretation of the declare war clause. ”58 Historian Michael Oren concurs with Delahunty and Yoo about the nature of Jefferson’s response to the threat posed by the Barbary pirates.
Restoring the Balance: War Powers in an Age of Terror by Seth Weinberger