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Hindsight – Vietnamistan…

March 13, 2012

We lost in Vietnam because we lost the will to fight, because we did not understand the nature of the war we were fighting, and because we limited the tools at our disposal.

US Senator John McCain, 2003

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  1. March 13, 2012 11:18 am

    Per the U.S. Constitution, only the U.S. Congress has the power to declare war. As in other realms, such as treaties and appointments of ambassadors, “the President proposes and the Congress disposes” (one or both houses, depending on subject). The last war that congress “declared” was World War Two. So, the USA hasn’t really been in a war since then, just “police actions” and other euphemisms. So either the President has acted extra-legally or the Congress has abrogated its duties and prerogatives, or both. Either way, the country has not been unified in the prosecution of it belligerencies since WWII, thus giving rise to the truth of Senator McCain’s assertion.

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