Books: Presidents and Precedents

WHO MAKES WAR

by SENATOR JACOB K. JAVITS

300 pages. Morrow. $8.95.

Among the many lessons to be learned from the tragedy of Viet Nam, none is more compelling than the need for a U.S. debate on how to control the power of the President to wage war. The Chief Executive must be free to respond instantly to clear-cut attack. But in more equivocal circumstances the national will might be far better safeguarded if Congress reasserted its constitutional authority as the sole branch empowered to "declare war." If this could be worked out practically, an increasing number of political scientists and elected officials...

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