A Sorry Record

The Boland Amendment forbidding U.S. attempts to overthrow the government of Nicaragua is the latest in a long series of congressional efforts to legislate highly specific restraints on presidential conduct of foreign policy. The movement picked up most of its steam in the 1970s, out of congressional revulsion from the Viet Nam War and the "imperial presidency." But the results have been mostly ineffective or worse. Notable items:

> The War Powers Resolution of 1973 required the President to notify Congress within 48 hours if he sent U.S. forces into any situation in...

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