To answer your question, Yes and No. Mostly No. The War Powers Act [established in 1973 after Vietnam] allows the President to use military forces for 60 days, without a formal declaration of war by Congress. It also grants an additional 30 days upon a formal request by the President, regardless of Congress’s agreement with the request. So the president may wish to execute it, but as of 1973, the Congress must formally declare war.
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A Swedish University Professor did a war scenario, involving what would be called a “limited” nuclear exchange between 2 countries, like say Pakistan and India. His computer results, run 3 separate times, ALL reached the very same conclusion….the SAME. The effects would be felt worldwide and estimating 20 nukes per side, at 200 megatons each, approximately. Civilization as we know it, as we live it every day, would be reduced to survival mode only. Nuclear winter would most certainly set in, since the atmosphere would be filled with debris and dust, for anywhere from 3 – 5 years……..just long enough for 90% of the world population to die. Moral of the Story: There is no such thing anymore, as a “limited” nuclear exchange, that would not effect every nation on earth. Problem is, if we or Israel hesitated and Iran did develop an atomic weapons capability, it would only be a matter of time, before they would declare a nuclear Jihad. Note: According to Pentagon sources, Iran may develop the weapon, but are decades away from any delivery system to the US. Other than carrying it in…………………it just gets better, doesn’t it ?
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Can the president declare war against another country?
YES the president of the united states is the ONLY person that can legally declare war against another country. however, congress holds the purse strings, they alone can decide what kind of money and resources get pumped into the war. It’s all about the balance of power.
No only Congress can declare war. But since World War II, presidents have been usurping that power by sending in troops without a declaration of war.
It should be illegal but we Americans are too lazy to stand up for the Constitution.
No. That power is expressly reserved to Congress. If a President declares war, he has violated the Constitution. Presidents since World War II have conveniently sidestepped that little detail by simply receiving authorization to “use force” to solve a given problem, when they could likely receive the declaration of war legally if they would just present it officially to Congress.
Only Congress Can declare war, The President does have limited ability to use the Military for quick actions.
A “formal declaration of war” can only come from congress. However a president may on his own declare that a “state of war exists” between the The United sates and another country.
No, but if Congress passes legislation giving him free reign to do whatever he wants, it opens that door. Cowardly representatives who are too timid to exercise their constitutional duties. They should either accept the burden of declaring war or find another way to resolve the situation. No one is held accountable in the situation we are in now.
EDIT: Julie M skipped government class:
Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the United States Constitution, sometimes referred to as the War Powers Clause, vests in the Congress the exclusive power to declare war.
In 1973, Congress passed the War Powers Resolution, which requires the president to obtain either a declaration of war or a resolution authorizing the use of force from Congress within 60 days of initiating hostilities.