Essay: If Necessary, a Superpower Acts Alone

Since Viet Nam, Congress has muscled its way into the formulation of American foreign policy, first with the War Powers Resolution and then with a baroque assortment of Boland amendments. Now Congress is determined to pronounce on the Persian Gulf. But Congress does not know what to say. In the past two weeks it has been toing and froing, its actions best summarized by Congressman George Gekas, who said on the floor of the House, "We are confused. If you are not confused, I am, and I am willing to admit it. That may be the difference between me and most...

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