We the People: The war power


December 28, 2020

The decision to go to war represents the most solemn decision any government will make, since it risks the blood, treasure and future of the nation. Those grave consequences, alone, are reason enough for Americans to understand how the Constitution governs the exercise of this awesome authority before they go marching off to war.

The war power, John Quincy Adams observed, is “strictly constit...

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