Executive Powers During War : Incumbent Vs. Successor

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Executive Powers During War: Incumbent vs. Successor War is a horrible evil that is unfortunately sometimes necessary. Nobody likes war especially the American public. But who is really to blame? Is the president who entered our country in the war or the president who inherited the war to blame? Neither but the real question is how the presidents handled themselves in office. One thing that the American public doesn’t really look at in detail is how the president at the time executed his office before and during the war. How did the president approach the war? Did the president keep the same cabinet in the country’s time of crisis or did he change it? Did the president’s military strategies change or did they stay the same? Did the public support him? There have been some classic examples in history with presidents who “started” or entered a war and then having it carry over the successor’s term and even more cases of presidents changing their policies they were so set on before entering a war and during a war. There was the Vietnam War, which included Presidents Lyndon B. Jonson and Richard Nixon. After the tragic assignation of JFK, Lyndon B. Johnson took office on an airplane the same day JFK was killed, November 22nd, 1963. During the first year of his presidency the animosity was high between the United States and North Vietnam or otherwise know as The Democratic Republic of Vietnam, which was ironic because they were a communist country. In the dwindling down

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