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Old 21st May 2019, 08:18
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Re: Presidential Powers ?

I hate to get into this but I did do Politics A-Level in 1969 … the formal position is that the president is commander-in-chief of the US armed forces. As such he has the power to deploy those forces but the power to declare war resides with Congress. However, as happened in the 20th century, the president may so deploy the forces that they end up fighting without a formal declaration of war. This leaves Congress with little option but to declare war because there is a fait accompli.

Do they still have an election in wartime? They did in 1944.

P.S. Mussolini drained an actual (rather than imaginary) swamp, the Pontine Marshes, in an effort to combat malaria.
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