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The Employment Of Combat Forces Abroad

Submitted by • January 16, 2019

From the readings in Lesson 3, we discussed Congress's quandary regarding the employment of combat forces abroad. During the Vietnam Conflict, President Nixon employed hundreds of thousands of combat forces into Southeast Asia without approval of Congress. Eventually, Congress felt compelled to pass the War Powers Resolution of 1973 (over his veto). As such, the president can still employ troops abroad to defend US interests, but then is required to notify Congress of the employment within 48 hours, and then withdraw them within 60 days ­ unless Congress formally declares war or authorizes the use of military force. However, subsequent presidents have not all followed this Resolution. This has caused a rift between the president and Congress that still exists today. For this Forum assignment, please discuss the issue of how American military forces should be employed in conflict abroad. Is it strictly the president's call?What is Congress's role? Are the restrictions in the War Powers

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