George W. Bush's War on Terror now seems to include the potential for the use of military force against Iraq. Whose right is it to declare war? Does the President have the power, the Congress? Some think that Congress has the Constitutional power to declare war, while others believe that President obtains that power.
The President’s power in both domestic and foreign affairs has changed considerably throughout history. Depending on the President and the war, decisions on war can be put in both the hands of the President and the Congress, it is best when they both support the same decision, but overall the President has the power.
Today it seems that the president holds more power to declare war than years ago. An example of this is shown in George W. Bush's War on Terror against terrorists, such as Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. George W. Bush has taken full control on going to war against terrorists.
It seems that most American peoples feel that the President is doing the right thing, whether it be out of revenge, or justice, he has the support.
As commander in chief of the armed forces, the president has the power to formulate and direct military strategy and actions in times of war and peace. As the country’s principal military commander, the president is responsible for the nation’s security and the safety of its citizens. He does what he feels is right although Congress may not always agree.
The Constitution may grant Congress the power to declare war, however, historically the president has had nearly total freedom to send troops into combat. A series of presidents-Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon-waged war in Vietnam without a formal declaration of war from Congress. In my personal opinion, I feel that it should be always best to have Congress and the American people supporting your decision in war.