FOREIGN RELATIONS: Limiting the Power to Wage War

The nation's profound and still unfinished soul-searching for the lessons of Viet Nam last week produced one historic result. In a vote that overrode Richard Nixon's angry veto of the measure last month, both houses of Congress passed severe limitations on the power of U.S. Presidents to wage war without congressional assent. Barring any Supreme Court decision that it is unconstitutional, the new law will force future Commanders in Chief to win specific authorization from the Legislative Branch to engage U.S. troops in foreign combat for more than 90 days. In theory,...

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