Originally posted by WestPoint23
However you should all know that the President does not need permission from the congress to go to war.
Something to think about, the Gulf War took 42 days from start to finish...
We all know about the War Powers Act of 1973 (I hope), but it's only partially relevant.
The Gulf War DID NOT last 42 days from start to finish
American forces began entering Saudi Arabia on 7 August, 1990. The forces deployed in the first two months are generally not considered to have been
sufficient to repel an Iraqi invasion.
This means that the war powers act would expire before a sufficient invasion force was assembled because the act reads:
(c) The constitutional powers of the President as Commander-in-Chief to introduce United States Armed Forces into hostilities, or into
situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, are exercised only pursuant to (1) a declaration
of war, (2) specific statutory authorization, or (3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or
its armed forces.
Section 4 a 3 also clearly indicates that the resolution applies to any deployment that substantially increases US combat ready forces in any foreign
The minute troops start arriving in country, the clock starts ticking. Bush could bomb the snot out of Iran, but he can't invade them.