A war fit for a king

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June 2, 2011
by Steve Chapman  
Posted in Commentary

"[T]he framers stipulated that Congress has the power to 'declare war,' giving it the chief responsibility except when the president needed to act quickly to repel an attack. But in the ensuing centuries, presidents of both parties have often trampled over their original limits, and Congress has usually let them. This has not gone over well with all lawmakers — like the senator who said in 2007 that the president has no right to go to war on his own, barring an actual or potential attack. His name was Barack Obama. But President Obama has thoroughly repudiated the naive and simplistic notions voiced by Sen. Obama. In some ways, he has also been even more aggressive than his predecessors in doing whatever he pleases." (06/02/11)


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