27 June 2011

War Powers Act 180

It's amazing what getting your hands on a little power will do to one's opinions.

"The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation."  — Barack Obama, 2007

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"Under the joint decision model, presidential power to use force in the absence of statutory authorization derives from the concept of emergency: the need to repel an attack on the United States or its forces, to forestall an imminent attack, or to rescue United States citizens whose lives are imperiled. Conversely, a policy involving a sustained use of force must derive from an affirmative decision of the entire government, including Congress." Joe Biden, 1988

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