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Inadvertent Implications of the War Powers Resolution

dc.contributor.authorNewton, Michael A., 1962-
dc.identifier.citation45 Case W. Res. J. Int'l L. 173 (2012)en_US
dc.descriptionarticle published in law journalen_US
dc.description.abstractThe constitutional infirmity of the War Powers Resolution has been uniformly demonstrated by more than four decades of bipartisan experience. The Resolution manifestly fails to eliminate the healthy interbranch tensions that are in our constitutional DNA with respect to military deployments. In its context, the override of President Nixon’s veto represented little more than a stark act of congressional opportunism. The President’s veto message was prescient in warning that the Resolution is “dangerous to the best interests of our Nation.” This article suggests that the act represents an attempted abdication of the enumerated obligation of Congress to oversee military operations via the appropriations power. It describes reasons why our republic would be well served by clear-eyed reassessment of the War Powers Resolution. It spawned three serious defects: 1) it displaced good faith dialogue between the co-equal branches with after the fact litigation, 2) it highlights American political will as the weakest strand of otherwise formidable military capacity, and 3) it creates a perverse inventive to reverse engineer military operations based on statutory language in ways that undermine strategic objectives. American lives and interests are ill-served by these inadvertent implications.en_US
dc.format.extent1 PDF (25 pages)en_US
dc.publisherCase Western Reserve Journal of International Lawen_US
dc.subjectMilitary deploymentsen_US
dc.subject.lcshUnited States. War Powers Resolutionen_US
dc.subject.lcshWar and emergency powers -- United Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshSeparation of powers -- United Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshUnited States -- Military policyen_US
dc.subject.lcshExecutive power -- United Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshLegislative power -- United Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshNational security -- United Statesen_US
dc.titleInadvertent Implications of the War Powers Resolutionen_US

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