the power 'to declare war
,' and also to raise and support armies.
By way of illustration, the following is a brief summary of how the House and Senate considered the initial joint resolutions to declare war
in 1917 and 1941.
During the debate over the Constitution's ratification, some Anti-Federalists complained of an overly powerful presidency; yet as Yoo shows, in states such as Virginia, "Federalists never described Congress's power to declare war
as a check on the president, even though it was very much in their interest to do so" (emphasis in the original).
Part III, "Speculating on Solutions," concludes that in order for Congress to properly discharge its constitutional obligation to declare war
, "substantive changes would have to occur in three different groups: Congress, the general public, and the professional military.
But because the secession of the Southern states was considered a domestic insurrection, there was no foreign power on which to declare war
Political experts say he should just laugh off the rumours and then declare war
To declare war
on terrorism would seem to me to have the wrong target.
But when he called on Arab countries to declare war
on British men and women in our armed forces, he was speaking only for himself.
Bush did not declare war
on Al Qaeda or the Taliban; he declared war on terrorism, which will be with us in one form or another for the foreseeable future.
Now the fanatics provide the United States with a perfect excuse to declare war
on anyone anywhere to consolidate its universal dominion.