Nation: The Commitments Resolution

How much power should a President have to commit the U.S. overseas? The answer is less than clear. Most Presidents, afraid that too many restrictions would tie their hands in relations with foreign governments, interpret their mandate as broadly as possible. As a result of the nation's experience in Viet Nam, however, there is a move in Congress to narrow the presidential reach. Indeed, Idaho's Senator Frank Church has gone so far as to warn that U.S. presidential power is leading toward "Cae-sarism." "The Roman Caesars," he told his colleagues recently, "did not...

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