Dr Fragen in the operating room

Get a clue


>There was a bit of news on Larry King Live this evening. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist was asked if the President would need Senate approval to launch an attack on Iran or North Korea. He said he didn’t. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. King asked former majority leader George Mitchell if he agreed, and he said firmly that he did not. Only the Senate has the power to declare war. Bob Woodward of the Washington Post was on the show, as was Rev Jesse Jackson. No one called Frist on his lack of understanding of the separation of powers.
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Dave, get a clue. Read the [War Powers Act of 1973][1]. It clearly states the President can commit our troops anywhere, anytime, for any reason and has 60 days to get Congressional approval or remove the troops. From your statement above Sen. Frist was asked about launching an attack. Then Sen. Mitchell and Larry King talked about *declaring war*, a decidedly different question.
[1]: http://www.cs.indiana.edu/statecraft/warpow.html