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I Do Declare!

© Matt Wuerker

Isn’t Congress supposed to declare war? Why did this stop happening?



  1. ThatGuy wrote:

    The most recent war powers act states that so long as the President notifies Congress withing 48 hours of involving US forces in armed conflict, and has 60 days plus a 30 day withdrawal period until they need a declaration of war or an authorization of force from Congress. Both the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan got authorizations of force.

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Permalink
  2. Thank you, ThatGuy. This is the exact information that I’ve been looking for someone to come forward with.

    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 10:22 am | Permalink
  3. Bard wrote:

    Nothing new, there have been so many interventions and use of military force without a declaration of war. Not just in recent history either, only the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, Spanish-American War, WW1 and WW2. Meanwhile the list of undeclared wars is large. The war in the Philippines, the banana wars and the raid on Pancho Villa pre WW1, the Indian Wars, etc.

    Friday, March 25, 2011 at 5:22 am | Permalink