Presidential Prerogatives

Source: CounterPunch
by Mel Gurtov

“Once upon a time, American leaders only went to war when, in accordance with the Constitution, Congress declared it. That practice has long since been abandoned. In recent times Congress either votes to ‘authorize’ a war already underway or is only casually consulted if at all. Though the 1973 War Powers Resolution was meant to restrain an imperial president who had led the country to defeat in Vietnam, no president since has faithfully followed that law’s requirements.” [editor’s note: If there ever was a time when “American leaders only went to war when … Congress declared it,” that time was over by 1801, when Thomas Jefferson waged the undeclared First Barbary War – TLK] (07/19/21)