The president meanwhile derives the power to direct the military after a congressional declaration of war from article ii section 2 which names the president commander in chief of the armed forces. The president acting alone was authorized only to repel sudden attacks hence the decision to withhold from him only the power to declare war not to make war which was thought to be a necessary emergency power in case of foreign attack. The war powers resolution also known as the war powers resolution of 1973 or the war powers act 50 usc 1541 1548 is a federal law intended to check the presidents power to commit the united states to an armed conflict without the consent of the us congress. The constitution states without ambiguity that congress not the president has the power to declare war as fisher makes abundantly clear the framers had good reason for their language under the british system of government the power to declare war rested solely with the king likewise it was his prerogative to make treaties that could . In presidents of war beschloss sounds the alarm about the presidents power to drag the nation into war yet a more pressing danger and indictment of presidential power may be the little wars
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