The Power Of The War

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According to Article One, Section Eight, Congress has the power “To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;” This means that Congress must be consulted before going to war and has the power to not only declare war, but also the power to raise an army and navy, to fund war effort; however, the President, in Article II, is named commander-in-chief of the armed forces, but this does not give him the power to commit armed forces to war. Although the Constitution grants Congress the power to declare war, there has been much debate about who should actually have the power to wage war. Often times, Congress is argued to be the better fit because the decision made will be well thought out, democratic, and promote international harmony. The other side of the argument states the the president should be the one to wage war. Even Alexander Hamilton stated that “Presidents should conduct war, because they could act with “decision, activity, secrecy and dispatch.” Presidents also can make a quick decision without waiting on Congress and their disagreements due to the fact that foreign affairs can often be unpredictable. The president must act as a strong leader in a national crisis to instill trust within the public. Though either side may sound appealing, they both have drawbacks. Congress can garner too many opinions, certain seat holders don’t want to make a decision that could possibly jeopardize re-election, and

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