Persian Gulf: Dangerous, but Not Hostile

Dangerous, but Not Hostile

Since U.S. warships began escorting reflagged Kuwaiti oil tankers through the dangerous waters of the Persian Gulf, the Reagan Administration has adamantly refused to justify the policy to Congress under the requirements of the 1973 War Powers Resolution. The controversial law is a minefield of its own: if Congress refused to authorize the President's actions, U.S. forces would have to be withdrawn within 60 days. But the Administration argues that the escort operation does not involve a situation "where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances," so the language of the resolution does not apply.

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