A Condensed Version of: Rise of Empire. The Ancient Design. by Garet Garrett.
Compiled and Edited by Dr. Jimmy T. (Gunny) LaBaume
Part III. 1952.
Only a few months after the Korean fiasco had settled some, Truman sent American troops to Europe to join an international army. He did this without a law. In fact, he did it without so much as even consulting Congress. Congress made a few sounds of anger and then passed a resolution saying that it was all right.
The State Department obliged by publishing the document, Powers of the President to Send Troops Outside of the United States, which said, in part, “… constitutional doctrine has been largely molded by practical necessities. Use of the congressional power to declare war, for example, has fallen into abeyance because wars are no longer declared in advance.”
That could be something that Caesar might have said to the Roman Senate. Why have a written constitution if constitutional doctrine is formed by necessity? The immediate purpose of this document was to defend the unconstitutional Korean precedent. Never the less, it was a forecast of executive intentions and a mortal challenge to the principle of parliamentary government.
It is too late to ask, “Whose hand shall control the instrument of war?”
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