The law of war: in order for America to be at war, Congress has to declare it

America's Future Foundation
by James N. Markels

07/23/06

But, contrary to NRO's rhetoric, we're not at war. At least not in a constitutional sense. And that's why the Supreme Court, although for somewhat the wrong reasons, got the right answer in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, where a military commission created to preside over a detainee's trial was stricken for being insufficient. During times of war a president is entitled to extra deference while prosecuting that war in order to ensure the best chances of victory. But in order for America to be at war, Congress has to declare it. That's a power expressly designated to Congress by the Constitution. We're not at war because NRO's writers think we're at war, nor because any president insists that we're at war...

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