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Vattel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 08:04 PM
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129. Congress did declare war
by authorizing the President to wage war against Al Qaeda, the Taliban, etc. For the Founders, declaring war was nothing more than publically proclaiming or revealing that the United States is either in a state of war with some other nation or group (this was known as an unconditional declaration of war) or will be in a state of war with some nation or group if certain conditions are not met (that was known as a conditional declaration of war). Declaring war was regarded as the only acceptable way to create a state of war. Thus, only Congress has the constitutional authority to create a state of war. Malloy and those who claim that the US has declared war only five times seem to be confusing a declaration of war with some sort of formal declaration of war in which the word "declare" appears.
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