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Posted: 9/16/2001 12:29:57 AM EDT
What are the advantages/disadvantages of a formal declaration of war by Congress? Does a delaration require a named "country"? Been wondering this and haven't found any info. Sorry if this has already been covered - hard to keep up with the forum with the list flying like it is. BTW - THIS LIST is the most complete source of info and discussion I could ever imagine. Thanks to the Avilas for creating/maintaining this site!!!!!!!! Tate
Link Posted: 9/16/2001 12:49:18 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/16/2001 12:48:58 AM EDT by mattja]
It's a formal declaration from Congress granting the President a mandate to kick ass.
DECLARATION OF WAR WITH SPAIN Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, First. That war be, and the same is hereby, declared to exist, and that war has existed since the 21st day of April, A. D. 1898, including said day, between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Spain. Second. That the President of the United States be, and he hereby is, directed and empowered to use the entire land and naval forces of the United States and to call into the actual service of the United States the militia of the several States to such extent as may be necessary to carry this act into effect. Approved, April 25, 1898.
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Congressional Declaration of War on Japan -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- December 8, 1941 JOINT RESOLUTION Declaring that a state of war exists between the Imperial Government of Japan and the Government and the people of the United States and making provisions to prosecute the same. Whereas the Imperial Government of Japan has committed unprovoked acts of war against the Government and the people of the United States of America: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the state of war between the United States and the Imperial Government of Japan which has thus been thrust upon the United States is hereby formally declared; and the President is hereby authorized and directed to employ the entire naval and military forces of the United States and the resources of the Government to carry on war against the Imperial Government of Japan; and, to bring the conflict to a successful termination, all of the resources of the country are hereby pledged by the Congress of the United States.
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Congressional Declaration of War on Germany -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- December 11, 1941 The War Resolution Declaring that a state of war exists between the Government of Germany and the government and the people of the United States and making provision to prosecute the same. Whereas the Government of Germany has formally declared war against the government and the people of the United States of America: Therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that the state of war between the United States and the Government of Germany which has thus been thrust upon the United States is hereby formally declared; and the President is hereby authorized and directed to employ the entire naval and military forces of the government to carry on war against the Government of Germany; and to bring the conflict to a successful termination, all of the resources of the country are hereby pledged by the Congress of the United States
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Link Posted: 9/16/2001 1:20:47 AM EDT
Thanks, mattja - souds like this has already been done - just it's not "formal" and there's no draft...... Tate
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