In 1973 the Ninety-third Congress passed a new statute, the War Powers Resolution, which was enacted "to fulfill the intent of the framers of the Constitution of the United States and to insure that the collective judgment of both the Congress and the President will apply to the introduction of the United States Armed Forces into hostilities." It does no such thing. Instead, it gives the President up to ninety days in which to wage war, to commit American troops to battle before any specific Congressional consent is required. It is Senator Eagleton's contention that in fact Congress surrendered its Constitutional prerogatives to gain a Pyrrhic victory.
Part I of War and Presidential Power probes the Constitutional principles of the founding fathers and examines the ways we have gone to war in the past, through Vietnam, in order to locate the danger points.
Part II, in addition to being an absorbing account of the realities of the legislative process, provides all the arguments a concerned citizen might need to restore to the Congress its rightful prerogatives in the area of war powers.
Packed with facts and crystal-clear arguments, War and Presidential Power can become the most important book on the subject for this and future generations.
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