War Powers Resolution of 1973 "Undermines the Rule of Law"

John M. Broder writes for The New York Times: "Two former secretaries of state have declared the War Powers Resolution of 1973 obsolete and proposed a new system of closer consultation between the White House and Congress before American forces go into battle."

//www.truthout.org/article/war-powers-resolution-1973-undermines-rule-law



Put War Powers Back Where They Belong

James A. Baker III and Warren Christopher, for The New York Times: "The most agonizing decision we make as a nation is whether to go to war. Our Constitution ambiguously divides war powers between the president (who is the commander in chief) and Congress (which has the power of the purse and the power to declare war). The founders hoped that the executive and legislative branches would work together, but in practice the two branches don't always consult. And even when they do, they often dispute their respective powers."

//www.truthout.org/article/put-war-powers-back-where-they-belong

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Panel calls for new war powers legislation

Miami Herald

07/08/08

The next time the president goes to war, Congress should be consulted and vote on whether it agrees, according to a bipartisan study group chaired by former secretaries of state James Baker III and Warren Christopher. In a report released Tuesday, the panel says the current law governing the nation’s war powers has failed to promote cooperation between the executive and legislative branches...

//www.miamiherald.com/889/story/597078.html


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