Since the ratification of the US Constitution, the United States Congress has declared war only 5 times; The War of 1812, The Mexican War, the Spanish-American War and World War I and World War II. Yet, in this more than 225 year period, US armed forces have been used abroad more than 200 times to carry out US objectives under the leadership of the president.
Since the 1930s, we have seen the modern president grow in informal power and with this an increase in the war powers of the presidency.
Evaluate the following question:
In today’s international arena, should the president have unilateral powers to commit the armed forces in conflict abroad? Why or why not?
To assist you in your response, please read the article “”Does the President Have Unilateral War Powers?” in the eBook Taking Sides on pages 61-66
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