U.s. Wars And Armed Conflict Essay

1097 Words Mar 11th, 2016 null Page
The decision to enter both wars and armed conflicts is a decision which always carries political gravitas of an extreme nature. The burden of this decision weighs heavily on the shoulders of both the legislative and the executive branch, as both branches received responsibilities in the field of war making prescribed in the Constitution of the United States of America. Since, both the legislative branch and the executive branch are constitutionally involved in the decision to enter wars and armed conflict, naturally the question arrises as to which branch of government takes supremacy, the executive branch or the legislative branch, when the time comes to use military force. However, the decision to enter war is one in which the legislative branch and the executive branch must work together in harmony. In the sense of waging a war neither branch is truly superior to the other branch, as they require simultaneous action from the other in order to successfully, constitutionally, and legally engage in armed conflict. The Constitution of the United States grants Congress the power to declare war, raise an army, and appropriate funds for the military. The Constitution states so in Article 1 Section 8, “The Congress shall have Power To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water; To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years; To provide and maintain a…

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