posted on Mar, 19 2011 @ 10:10 PM
reply to post by Jepic
Within the War Powers Act states:
"The War Powers Resolution requires the president to notify Congress within 48 hours of committing armed forces to military action and forbids armed
forces from remaining for more than 60 days, with a further 30 day withdrawal period, without an authorization of the use of military force or a
declaration of war. The resolution was passed by two-thirds of Congress, overriding a presidential veto."
The way they get around this is that the President brings in the Congressional leadership and tells them what he is going to do. The rub is that by
the time the 60 days is up the military can be so buggered up in the campaign, that it is irresponsible to pull them out. In that situation the
Congress will grant an authorization to use force. Again, once you get in country and start blowing stuff and have troops on the ground, its a bit
tricky to simply pull them out, so in reality the President can pretty much do what he wants. It can be a game of chicken, but with troops in harm's
way, the President is always going to win that battle. The spirit of the act was such that the President should be able to act quickly and deploy
the military in the event of an attack or an attack against an ally. It has been abused and often and Congress has often enabled the abuse by virtue
of them not having the spine to vote on an actual declaration of war.